Opus

Fridays at 11:00 a.m. on HD1 and HD2

Opus dives deeply into the world of classical music. Gretchen's guests include luminaries of classical music such as Boris Slutsky, James March, and Ioana Galu. You will hear deep contemplations of favorite works and composers as well as live concerts recorded by Siouxland Arts Live. 

Gretchen has a bevy of guests dropping by a live broadcast of Opus at Momo's, next door to the Orpheum Theater, the site for this weekend's ground-breaking performances of West Side Story. She talks with SCSO Board President, Juliet Everist, as well as Christie Tremaine. Also she talks with SCSO Conductor, Ryan Haskins and the production's Associate Director, Christopher Murrah among others.

An action packed Opus with Part 1 devoted to the massive West Side Story Production that the Sioux City Symphony is working on for next week.  Gretchen talks with Maestro Haskins as well as Alaina Viau who is overseeing just about every aspect of the production from actors to scenery and lighting. Also we get an actor's perspective from Officer Krupke, himself, played by Matthew Krob.

A tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach this time on Opus, including his vivacious Double Violin Concerto, the Fugue in g and the Cantata known as Sleepers Awake. 

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. 

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Mary Day is the guest but the topic is "The Voice of the Century" Marian Anderson

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.

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