Gretchen Gondek

Host of "Opus"

George Boykin is the guest on Opus today. George talks about growing up in Sioux City in a time of segregation and his time with the Sanford Community Center and the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors. He also talks about the struggle facing many musicians of color during the mid 20th century.

Richard Gammon travels from his home base in New York City to take Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas give it a modern spin and produce it at Morningside's Klinger-Neal Theatre.  Morningside's Suzanne Hedrix-Case is assisting and together they fill Gretchen in on how the production is going.

A Preview of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's Church Windows program on this edition of Opus. Gretchen talks with SCSO Composer of the Year Patrick O'Malley. The Orchestra will present a World Premiere of his work. Maestro Ryan Haskins will also lead them through music of Debussy, Hovhaness and Respighi. 

Gretchen's guest this time is Marcia Poole. Poole will talk about the very early days of getting Siouxland Public Media (known then as KWIT) off the ground and over the air clear back in 1978. She talks about public radio bringing classical music, NPR News and other public radio mainstay's to a population that had none.

On this week's Opus, we revisit a concert that was broadcast on Siouxland Arts Live in October 2017. Ioana Galu was the featured artist, performing violin favorites. Adding to the excitement of the evening was the chance to hear the National Music Museum's Ceruti violin (ca. 1805-1810) and Broadwood grand piano (1855). As you will hear, the gallery was full and the audience thrilled. Galu was accompanied by Susan Keith Gray. 

Program:

Clarinetist Luis Viquez is the Opus guest this time. We hear his Siouxland Arts Live performance from the National Music Museum in Vermillion recorded this past November where he shared a program called Clarinet Classics, Old and New. The program included music inspired by his native Costa Rica as well four pieces inspired by Jellyfish, plus classics from Rossini and Saint-Saens.

The Sioux City Symphony perform their annual Christmas with the Symphony Concert tomorrow (Saturday) night at the Orpheum Theater. Three area handbell choirs, a dynamic up and coming local violinist and the Mighty Wurlitzer all make appearances.

Gretchen sits down with Randy Peters who is at the helm of a production of opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian-Carlo Menotti.  The opera will be performed at 7 p.m. December 14-16, at 1st Congregational  United Church of Christ.

Gretchen welcomes Dr. Richard Steinbach to Opus this time. Steinbach is the M.A. Everist Foundation Artist in Residence at Briar Cliff University and he'll talk about his teaching, his travels, his recordings and his upcoming Christmas Spirit performance at the National Music Museum.

Disney Fantasia, a film that was made to showcase classical music, was shown Saturday in the Orpheum Theater. Best of all, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra performed the score, live! Gretchen Gondek talks with the man in charge of keeping everything in synch, Conductor, Ryan Haskins.

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