Mark Munger guest hosts today's episode of Opus and he talks with conductor Christopher Stanichar and guest pianist Richard Steinbach. Stanichar will conduct the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra in the spring concert at the BJ Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center, Tuesday.
Gretchen welcomes Ryan Haskins, Music Director and Conductor of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. He'll talk about Cherish the Ladies, a pre-St. Patricks Day evening of Irish and Celtic music. Also the Irish Fest, which gets underway with appetizers, green beer and local musicians playing Irish music in the Orpheum lobby before the concert.
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.