Season 20 Programs

| Mostly Folk | Music & Magic Lanterns


Mostly Folk-Inspired

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Miera Kim, Carey Bostian

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Miera Kim, Carey Bostian

Saturday, October 4, 2015
First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

John Dowdall (guitar)
Jan Boland (flute)
Miera Kim (violin)
Carey Bostian (cello)

Folk music touches us all and reminds us of our roots as a nation. Composers understand this – and when they draw from this rich tradition, wonderful ‘serious’ music happens! Works by Geminiani, Beaser and Kolosko revel in the dynamic rhythms and poignant melodies of Klezmer, Hungarian, Celtic and Appalachian music. Selections are posted to YouTube.

Program: Mostly Folk-Inspired

Hungarian Trio (flute, cello & guitar) Nathan Kolosko
Venetian Boat Song (flute, vln, cello gtr) Felix Mendelssohn arr. Boland
Mountain Songs (arr. flute, vln, gtr) Robert Beaser
Klezmer (set or flute, vln, gtr cello) traditional
Irish Reels (vln & cello) traditional


Audience Comments: Mostly Folk Inspired

“Wonderful. Very obviously you all enjoy playing together, and listening and enjoying when just listening t each others parts.” B.T.

“Fantastic performance. Moving and varied. Brought me to tears more than once.” M.K.

“Quality, Quality, Quality and Fun.” M.K.


Music and Magic Lanterns

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Miera Kim, Michael Zahs, Carey Bostian

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Miera Kim, Michael Zahs, Carey Bostian

Saturday, April 30, 2016

At CSPS Hall
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall ( guitar)
Miera Kim (violin)
Carey Bostian (cello)
in collaboration with
Michael Zahs (historian/ narrator)

Chamber music brings to life a rare collection of nineteenth-century Magic Lantern Slides. These precursors of silent film can give the illusion of movement while entertaining and educating. Our slides, from the collection of Iowa historian Michael Zahs, are set to chamber music and tell stories – some fanciful (The Tiger and the Tub), some dramatic (Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight) and some with heart-on-sleeve sentimentality (There’s Another Picture in my Mamma’s Frame). New music by composers from coast to coast (Stephen Cohn, Philip Wharton and Iowa’s own Michael Kimber) was written especially for this project. Features images not viewed for over 100-years.

Sponsors: The Augustine Foundation. This project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Artists sponsorship comes from Juanita Dennert, and Don & Irene (Naxera) Hamous and Vic & Jan Naxera in memory of Max Naxera. Partners in the project include the Ainsworth Opera House and Special Collections at the University of Iowa. 20th-Anniversary Season sponsor is CRST International.

Program: Music and Magic

There’s Another Picture in my Mama’s Frame (alto flute, vc, gtr) Michael Kimber
Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight (fl, vln, cello, gtr) Stephen Cohn
The Tiger and the Tub (fl, vln, cello) Philip Wharton
Could You Love a Little Girl Like Me? (fl, vln, vc, gtr) Michael Kimber
Airs for the Four Seasons (fl, vln, vc, gtr) James Oswald arr. Boland
Wassail (fl, cello, gtr) Peter Bloesch

 

Audience Comments: Music and Magic Lanterns

“I was enamored. I never thought I’d ever enjoy music as much as I did tonight. The work by Stephen Cohn left me speechless.” E.D. (99-yr-old concertgoer)

“I arrive stressed and in a hurry. I leave feeling calm and refreshed. This music, these evenings, are good for my soul.”

“I saw how affecting the presentation was – people laughing, pondering silently, even shedding a few tears at the poignancy of the childhood pieces. A real treasure!  Red Cedar continues to do itself and its audiences proud.” E.M.

“They are a gem of chamber music excellence and passion who have carved out a unique and prominent artistic profile in Iowa.” S.C. M.

“I have never seen an audience so moved by a performance of my work which, I believe, was triggered by the brilliance of Red Cedars performance and the drama of the poem as well as the composition.” Stephen Cohn, composer.

Season 19 Programs

| Makin’ Music | Silent Film Music |

Makin’ Music with Dave

John Dowdall, Carey Bostian, Jan Boland, Dave Bozenhard

John Dowdall, Carey Bostian, Jan Boland, Dave Bozenhard

Saturday, October 4, 2014

First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids IA

Jan Boland (flute) ___ John Dowdall (guitar) _____ Carey Bostian (cello) _____ Dave Bozenhard (guitars)

Multifaceted guitarist and composer Dave Bozenhard, known in Philadelphia as the go-to guy for jazz, rock and classical, has written two new compositions for Red Cedar Chamber Music. Dave’s quartet for electric guitar, classical guitar, flute and cello and his duet for steel string and classical guitars blend his eclectic styles into a memorable classical/pop fusion. Classical works by Franz Schubert (Arpeggione Sonate) and Bartok (Romanian Dances) provide the backdrop for Dave’s exciting new sounds!

The Program
Makin’ Music with Dave

WhirlPoolside  (fl, vc, 2gtr) Dave Bozenhard
Duo for classical and steel string guitars Dave Bozenhard
Arpeggione Sonata D.821(arr. fl vc gtr) Franz Schubert
Romanian Dances (fl, gtr) Bela Bartok

 

Audience Comments:

“A lovely, bracing change of pace! I so appreciate the breadth (and depth) of Red Cedar programs  – from Continental, to American Folkloric, to tonight’s offering. I personally love music that works “between spaces” of genres. Congratulations to Dave Bozenhard on this first (of many more, I hope) presentation of his work with Red Cedar. Keep on pushing us, as listeners, creatively. We are glad to keep supporting Red Cedar!”  E. M.

“Beautifully together. Closely communicated musical ideas. Absolutely delightful. I enjoyed it immensely.”


Music and Magic Lanterns

Carey Bostian, Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Mike Zahs, John Hegarty

Silent Film Project. Bostian, Boland, Dowdall, Zahs & Hegarty

Saturday, April 25, 2015

At CSPS Hall
Cedar Rapids, IA

The Red Cedar Trio
Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall ( guitar)
Carey Bostian (cello)
in collaboration with Michael Zahs (historian/ narrator)

This fascinating concert features “an exceptionally rare, perhaps unique, collection” of silent films from 1895-1910 that comprise “perhaps the most significant collection of early films in the world.” Viewed for the first time in over 100 years, A new commission by Harvey Sollberger, plus arrangements by Boland and Dowdall, creates music designed to complement these 20 rare films ranging in length from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. The silent films include comedy, drama, special effects, foreign scenes and magic by Georges Méliès, whose life story was featured in the film Hugo. More than twenty short films – ranging from comedy, to magic, to drama with special effects – were hand-selected to entertain while, at the same time, showing the kinds of early film which delighted early 20th-century audiences.

The concert is sponsored by the Augustine Foundation. This project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Artists sponsorship comes from Don & Irene (Naxera) Hamous and Vic & Jan Naxera in memory of Max Naxera. Our partners in the project include the Ainsworth Opera House and Special Collections at the University of Iowa.

The Program 

Suite for Silent Film (for flute, cello and guitar) by Harvey Sollberger
Sydney the Clown
National Elk’s Convention
Pulman Car
The Secret of Death Valley

The works (in full or in part, intact or re purposed) of the following composers was part of the project:

Antonin Dvorak’s Humoresque (arr. Boland)
Sir Henry Bishop’s Home Sweet Home
Stephen Foster’s Old Folk’s Quadrilles
Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances
Charles Gounod’s March of the Marionette
Georg P. Telemann’s Cello Sonata XI
Arthur Pryor’s The Whistler and His Dog (arr. Boland)
Septimus Winner’s Il Bachio
Edvard Grieg’s March of the Dwarfs (arr. Boland)
Spilville Variations by Peter Bloesch, Michael Gilbertson and Luc Gullickson
American Folk Song Scarborough Fair (arr. Boland)
Michael Kimber’s Rag from Four Sketches
J.S.. Bach’s Flute Sonata in e minor
Jerry Owen’s Trio Concertant over Czech Folk Songs
Jacques Auber’s  The Mimic
W.A. Mozart’s  Canzonetta from Don Giovanni
Stephen Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer

Audience Comments
“It was such a creative venture to enliven silent films with your beautiful music.” N.M.

“We stopped at HyVee on the way home, and I told the woman who slices up the deli meats that she should be sure to take in your show this Saturday night at CSPS. You have my word that I have never before felt compelled to speak about worthy cultural events to the woman behind the deli counter. Nor the cashiers for that matter. But tonight was different. Thanks again for this delight.” J.H.

“I enjoyed all the films and I liked it when you swapped Scarborough Fair and the Rag. It’s so interesting how the mood of the film changed with the music!”

“One of the best performances I have ever attended.”J.F.

“Delightful, insightful, full of mirth. Thank you!!!” E.W.

“It was such a creative venture to enliven silent films with your beautiful music.” Composer, Harvey Sollberger

Season 18 Programs

| Woody Woodpecker | Gone Away | Rivers |

Woody Woodpecker

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Miera Kim, Carey Bostian

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Miera Kim, Carey Bostian

Sunday, October 6, 2013

First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids IA

Jan Boland (flute) __John Dowdall (guitar) ____Carey Bostian (cello) ____Miera Kim (violin) ___ Beth Hoffman (violin) ____Lisa Ponton (viola)

Did you know that Woody Woodpecker’s laugh is tucked inside a quintet for guitar and strings? No wonder – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the composer of this hauntingly beautiful quintet, also composed Hollywood film scores. The delightful but rarely heard the Flute Quintet by Gaspard Kummer is being performed from the original 19th-century score.

The Program
Woody Woodpecker

Quintette for flute, violin,
2 violas and cello Op. 66
Gaspard Kummer
Quintette for guitar,
2 violins, viola and cello Op. 143
Mauro Castelnuovo-Tedesco

 

Audience Comments:
Woody Woodpecker
“The Kummer quintet was so lush. It sounded like a full orchestra.So much music from five people, and great music.” J.C.

“It is such a joy to have this caliber of music in our community. The intimate setting is so wonderful – I like watching the musicians’ faces. They work so hard. Their smiles at the end of each work were so genuine and appreciative.” C.W.

“Your concert today was splendid–as always. The Kummer composition with the brilliant flute tones over the strings was awesome, and I loved the beautiful melodies in the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Quintette. Thanks for this lovely Sunday afternoon.”  T.L.

“The Kummer Flute Quintet Op. 66 quickened my heart and soul and brought tears to my eyes! Thank you! ” S.S.

He’s Gone Away

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Jonathan Dryland, Susie Streit

Jonathan Dryland, John Dowdall, Susie Streit, Mike Zahs, Jan Boland

Saturday, February 22, 2014

At Historic Brucemore
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Michael Zahs, narrator
Susie Streit, actor
Jonathan Dyrland, tenor

A concert of instrumental and vocal music interspersed with readings from unpublished civil war letters by narrator Michael Zahs and actor Susie Streit. Separation and uncertainty followed by joyful reunion or heartbreaking loss were documented in countless letters and songs during the American Civil War. He’s Gone Away weaves together a tapestry of music, letters and narrative portraying the emotional hardships faced by Civil War soldiers and the wives, sweethearts and families they left behind. Experience an intimate parlor concert presented at Brucemore – built just 20 years after the end of the war.

The Program: He’s Gone Away

He’s Gone Away Robert Beaser
Beautiful Dreamer Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)
Was My Brother in the Battle? Stephen Foster
That’s What’s the Matter Stephen Foster
May the Red Rose Stephen Foster
Auld Lang Syne adapted by Charles Nicholson

 

Audience Comments: He’s Gone Away

“What a heart-wrenching, touching presentation – never to be forgotten!” A.H.

“It was GREAT! I felt the longing, sadness of troops and their long, far-away families. The music made the letters ‘come alive.’ It was a moving experience.” D.G.

“Superb. One of my greatest musical treats of the year!! Both regal and fun.”

Rivers

Boland Dowdall Carey Bostian, Michael Gilbertson

Jan Boland, Michael Gilbertson, Carey Bostian, John Dowdall

Sunday, June 1, 2014

CSPS Hall
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Carey Bostian (cello)

Iowa’s rivers and their folklore are reflected in the world premiere of Three Rivers, a new chamber music trio by Iowa native Michael Gilbertson. Michael’s music reaches out to Iowa towns that have witnessed the beauty and destructive power of the mighty Mississippi River and its tributaries, including our own Cedar River. A Hungarian Trio by Nathan Kolosko rounds out this dynamic concert.

This concert is sponsored by the Augustine Foundation and the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Artist sponsors are Victor & Janice Naxera and Margaret Haupt. We gratefully acknowledge additional support from Juanita Dennert, given in honor of Robert A. Dennert.

The Program: Rivers

Circle the Wagons Michael Gilbertson
Hungarian Trio Nathan Kolosko
Three Rivers Michael Gilbertson

Audience Comments: Rivers
“I loved this piece. This composer is definitely a name to keep in mind.” J.D.

“Kudos, applause, gratitude to the three of you and the composer. Please let Michael Gilbertson know how much he brings alive “my” Mississippi.” S.G.

“As always, you provide a fantastic evening’s entertainment.” Oh yes, I love the CSPS venue!” T.L.

“Awesome Keep up the great performances! AND you always teach us. Thanks.” A.H.

Season 17 Programs

| Long Journey Home | Seven Score and Ten | au naturel |

Long Journey Home

Boland Dowdall Carey Bostian, Michael Gilbertson

Jan Boland, Michael Gilbertson, Carey Bostian, John Dowdall

October 7, 2012

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Carey Bostian (cello)

This summer, while making the long drive from New Haven (where he is a grad student at Yale) to his home town Dubuque, our composer-in-residence Michael Gilbertson conceived the trio Long Journey Home. It serves as the centerpiece for this concert of music by all four of Red Cedar’s composers-in-residence. Can you name our composers? Jerry Owen, Andrew Earle Simpson, Harvey Sollberger and Michael Gilbertson. Right!

The music we have chosen for this concert reflects Iowa’s cultural ties to the Czech Republic, in celebration of the post-flood return (after a long journey of its own) of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

The concert also celebrates the release of Red Cedar’s new compact disc recording – on the program is Harvey Sollberger’s Spillville Trio. In addition to being the first track on this compact disc (released by Fleur de Son Classics), Spillville Trio was also the lead work on a National Flute Association concert honoring the works of Sollberger at its international convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in August.  Artist sponsorship is provided by Victor & Janice Naxera and Margaret Haupt.

The Program: Long Journey Home

Humoresque Antonin Dvorak (arr Boland)
Spillville Trio Published by ALRY Harvey Sollberger
Long Journey Home (fl vc gtr) Michael Gilbertson
Selections from Trio Concertant over Czech Folk Songs (fl vc gtr) Jerry M. Owen
Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak Michael Gilbertson, Harvey Sollberger, Andrew Simpson, Joshua Reznicow

Audience Comments: Long Journey Home

“How do I say it – dev-licious. You all are gracious and generous to share your talent and your delight of the music you play. I’m jotting this down on the bill of my cap while you are playing. And I feel wonderful – thanks to you.” K.C.

“I love listening to your music because you all love what you are doing! Your faces show it! Thanks for enriching our lives with your love of music!” Rural Outreach concert B.B.

”Bravo for a really great concert! We thought it offered a great variety of music (styles, treatments) nicely punctuated by your comments. The commitment to Iowa and its Czech influence was evident and appropriate. So it was both a concert and a celebration, which is exactly what it should have been.” M.M

“The attendance (full house) was a tribute to the tremendous following you have developed in the community because of your musicianship, expertise and community relations. ” M.M.

Seven Score and Ten

Jan Boland John Dowdall

John Dowdall & Jan Boland

February 23, 2013
At Historic Brucemore
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (wooden flute)
John Dowdall (gut-strung guitar)
Michael Zahs (historian, narrator)
Karla Goettel (soprano)

A concert of instrumental music interspersed with readings from civil war letters by narrator Michael Zahs.
The sesquicentennial of the American Civil War is being observed. From fife calls that signaled battlefield maneuvers, to campfire songs sung by homesick soldiers, music played an important part of that tumultuous period in our history 150 years ago. Stories from Civil War letters are woven into the concert narrative. Performed on antique musical instruments from the period (gut strung guitar and wooden flutes). Experience an intimate parlor concert presented at Brucemore – built just 20 years after the end of the war. (photo by Len Struttmann.)

Sponsor: Artist sponsorship comes from the Iowa Arts Council.

The Program: Seven Score and Ten

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair Stephen Collins Foster
Jennie’s Own Schottish Stephen Collins Foster
Trab Trab Gallop Septimus Winner
Gentle Annie Stephen Collins Foster
Aura Lee George R. Poulton
Governor’s Grays Schottisch Maria J. Jones (1839-1897)
Maggie by my Side, Little Ella Stephen Collins Foster
Come With Thy Sweet Voice Again Stephen Collins Foster
Ellsworth’s Funeral March Septimus Winner
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp George F. Root
When This Cruel War is Over Henry Tucker (1826-(1882)
Parody on Just Before the Battle, Mother George F. Root
Sherman’s March to the Sea J.O. Rockwell
Auld Lang Syne Charles Nicholson (1795-1837)
Simple Gifts Traditional Shaker Tune (arr. Boland)

Audience Comments: Seven Score and Ten

““The speaker & music were worth coming to hear a second time – and here I am for the second time in a week!” M.P.”

“Red Cedar’s concerts always have been and continue to be a great experience.” –M.Z.

“Radio music is good and the symphony’ (and chamber) concerts, too. But you’re the best: with music and meaning, the history of instruments and music, and more.” -M.S.

“The compliment of readings with the music was very inspiring and eye opening. It put you in the place at the time.
Great combination.” -P.H.

“The performance showed the long hours of preparation and coordination of the three performers. Each one added a wonderful dimension to understanding the tragedy of the
Civil War.” . –P.S.

au naturel

Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Doug Lundeen

Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Douglas Lundeen

Saturday, April 27, 2013

First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland, wooden 19-c flute (Koch)
John Dowdall, gut-strung guitar
Douglas Lundeen, natural horn

Enjoy the mellow sounds of the all-natural, valveless, nineteenth-century horn. Natural horn specialist Douglas Lundeen joins Jan and John for nineteenth-century trios and duos that dance, sing and shimmer with the enchanting blend of brass, woodwind and gut strings. From Spanish seguidillas to soulful serenades, this concert is yours to enjoy!
Sponsor: The National Endowment for the Arts.

The Program: au natural

Duo Concertant No.1 Op.5 in A Major (horn gtr) A. Corett
Grand Duo Concertant Op. 85 (fl gtr) Mauro Giuliani (1795-1837)
Roslin Castle (fl solo) Charles Nicholson
Cesa de Atormentarme from Dix Seguidillas (horn gtr) Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Serenade for Guitar, Op.4 (fl, horn, gtr) Charles Dickhut

Audience Comments:au naturel

“Breathtaking as always! Everyone was very professional and perform as one.”

“Warm, informative, professional. Thank you.”

“Just loved it; it was great to have “pure” music instead of “plugged in” stuff.”

“This is our fourth year coming to hear Red Cedar Chamber Music and each time we have been pleasantly surprised. Each time the program has been very unique and informative and most of all, enjoyable. Thank you for this experience. The music was both beautiful and unique.”

”Fantastic talent of flute and guitar. As a “valved” trumpet player, I am amazed at the control of the valveless horn player.”

Season 16 Programs

Circle the Wagons | Home Sweet Home | Strum & Jam |

Circle the Wagons

Boland Dowdall Carey Bostian, Michael Gilbertson

Jan Boland, Michael Gilbertson, Carey Bostian, John Dowdall

October 6, 2011

First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids IA

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Carey Bostian (cello)

The many cultures that make up our community come together in a lively chamber music concert. Czech folk songs and Latino dance rhythms inspire classical trios for flute, cello & guitar. Music by Jewish composers add yet another dimension. The centerpiece is the world premiere of a new trio called Circle the Wagons written especially for Red Cedar by the new kid on the block – 24-year old native Iowan Michael Gilbertson, who is turning heads on the East Coast. (Photo by Len Struttmann) Carey Bostian’s appearance is sponsored by Victor & Janice Naxera.
The Program: Circle the Wagons

Rio from Dream Travels Gary Schocker
Musique de Salon Ricardo Iznaola (b. 1949)
Trio Concertant over Czech Folk Songs Jerry M. Owen
Circle the Wagons* World Premiere Michael Gilbertson
Garden Music (1998) Gary Schocker
Adagio from Fantasy in the Form of a Serenade, Op. 30 Wenzeslaus Matiegka (1773-1830)
Summertime George Gershwin (1898-1937)
(arr. Dowdall & Dockendorff)

Audience Comments: Circle the Wagons

“I am hooked on Red Cedar Chamber Music!” E.K.

“Loved work by a living composer. The “dead guys” were wonderful, too! The cello was fantastic! Gush Gush Gush ! Wonderful music!” D.C.

“My favorite comment was from a man who probably got off his combine to come. He said ‘What a grand party that was!’” M.Z. (rural outreach host)

“I love your concerts. I love the intimate feeling and beautiful music you provide.” M.F.

“Excellent! Innovative as usual.” L.M.


Jan Boland, Lisa Ponton, John Dowdall

Jan Boland, Lisa Ponton, John Dowdall

Home Sweet Home

February 24 & 25, 2011

At Historic Brucemore
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Lisa Ponton (viola)

Recalls the homeland with a cozy evening of tuneful music that was meant to be enjoyed at home – what better place to experience it than Historic Brucemore? Forget the outside chill, and join Jan Boland (flute), Lisa Ponton (cello) and John Dowdall (guitar) for a wintertime concert with a lovely intermission reception of champagne and desserts. Stephen Foster’s wistful Beautiful Dreamer mingles with 19th c. American popular music and light classics from the salons of Europe to transport you back to a time of elegant simplicity. (photo by Len Struttmann.)

Artists Sponsors are: Margaret Haupt and the Iowa Arts Council.

The Program: Home Sweet Home

Serenade Op. 26 (fl, vla, gtr) Wenzeslaus Matiegka (1773-1830)
Jennies Own Schottisch
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) arr. Boland
The Beautiful Dubuque Waltz John William Kothe
(arr Boland Dowdall)
Selections from The Magic Flute W.A. Mozart
Simple Gifts traditional Shaker tune
arr. Boland

Audience Comments: Home Sweet Home

“We have never been disappointed by Red Cedar Chamber Music.” K.I.
“Kudos to the arrangements of the American songs!” The guitar is providing a particularly handsome role tonight.” M.H.

“ I really admire you and everything you are doing for chamber music. It is amazing all that you have accomplished through Red Cedar Chamber Music. Your outreach to the community and your beautiful recordings inspire me.” L.S.

“Lovely Music. Opulent ambience, and stimulating information about the music being played and the instruments they were using – thank for giving us a wonderful evening!” T.L.


Strum & Jam

Jan Boland, John Dowdall, carey Bostian, Miera Kim

Carey Bostian, John Dowdall, Miera Kim, Jan Boland

April 28, 2012

First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids IA

John Dowdall, guitar
Miera Kim, violin
Carey Bostian, cello
Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet

Music for flute, clarinet, guitar and strings. Includes a mix of 19th-century masters (like Haydn), folk-inspired music like Brazilian Choros and a tuneful 20th-century work by a Portland, Oregon composer Bryan Johanson called Stum & Jam. Peppered with lively commentary, this program covers many musical styles and is designed to entertain and educate. (Photo by Len Struttmann)

The Program: Strum & Jam

Venetian Boat Song Op. 30 #6(fl vln clar vc gtr) Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)arr. Jan Boland
Trio Op. 16 (fl clar gtr) Joseph Kruetzer (1790-1840)
London Trio No. 1(fl vln vc) Franz Joseph Haydn
(1732-1809)
Two Brazilian Choros (clar gtr)
Doce de Côco Jacob do Bandolim (1918-1969)
Um Chorinho pra Você everino de Araújo (b. 1917)
Grand Trio “Divertissement” extrait de Mozart (vln vc gtr) Mozart W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
19th-c. arr. by P. Porro
Strum & Jam (1993) * Iowa Premiere (fl clar vln vc gtr) Bryan Johanson (b. 1951)

Audience Comments: Strum & Jam

“It is so good to have a peaceful moment with great talents.” B.K.

“I am a Country & Western music fan. But I know what I enjoy and I enjoyed this. Thank you for warming our hearts with your talents.” K.B.

“My first time, to my knowledge, I’ve ever heard chamber music and to my surprise I really enjoyed it. I found with my eyes either closed or looking above I appreciated the music more than when I watched the musicians, although watching you was fun, too.” Anon.

“We are so fortunate to have your group in our midst. Each program kicks it up a notch! Keep up the excellent work.” N.Z.

Season 15 Programs

Saying Large Things | Home Sweet Home | Setting Sun to Rising Moon |

 

Saying Large Things with Small Voices

Jan Boland, John Dowdall, David Miller

John Dowdall, David Miller, Jan Boland

October 16, 2010
First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
David Miller (viola)

Relevant and beautiful things can be found by looking back in time. Chamber music can say large things with small voices. The heritage of chamber music is important, so we travel far and wide to dusty libraries and private collections to find musical gems unavailable in modern edition. Music of Mauro Giuliani, Francesco Molino and Anton Diabelli is performed on period instruments (circa 1830) – a wooden flute and gut-strung viola and guitar. This masterfully crafted and enchanting music recalls Vienna’s golden age. Sponsored by the Giacoletto Foundation. David Miller’s appearance is sponsored by Victor and Janice Naxera.

The Program: Saying Large Things with Small Voices

Trio Op.19 no. 2 (fl vla gtr) Francesco Molino (1775-1847)
Gran Duo Concertante Op. 52 (fl gtr) Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
Serenata Concertante Op. 105 (fl vla gtr) Anton Diabelli (1771-1858)

Audience Comments: Saying Large Thingss

“This was real music. Music dreams are made of. My eyesight is nearly gone. Loved the music.” E.W.

“This is my first time attending. Very enjoyable experience. I really enjoyed the intimate setting, and the conversation between musicians and audience. Lovely performance of music!” M.P.


Home Sweet Home

Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Carey Bostian

Carey Bostian, John Dowdall, Jan Boland

February 25 & 26, 2011
At Historic Brucemore
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Carey Bostian (cello)

A cozy evening of tuneful music meant to be enjoyed at home – what better place to experience it than historic Brucemore? Forget the outside chill, and join Jan Boland (flute), Carey Bostian (cello) and John Dowdall (guitar) for a wintertime concert with a lovely intermission reception of champagne and desserts. Stephen Foster’s wistful Beautiful Dreamer mingles with 19th c. American popular music and light classics from the salons of Europe to transport you back to a time of elegant simplicity. (photo by Len Struttmann)  Much of the music on this concert can be heard on a Boland-Dowdall commercial compact disc recording titled Home Sweet Home released by Koch International Classics. Sheet music for Foster’s Old Folks Quadrilles is published by ALRY.

The Program: Home Sweet Home

Old Folks Quadrilles Stephen Collins Foster (arr. Boland)
Kiss Waltz from The Evening Hour Septimus Winner
Beautiful Dreamer Stephen Foster (arr. Boland)
Trio Op. 9 No.1 Joseph Kreutzer (1790-1840)
Adagio-Rundtanz from Potpourri in the Form of a Serenade, Op. 30 (vc gtr) Wenceslaus Matiegka (1773-1830)
Variations on Home Sweet Home Gaspard Kummer (arr. Boland)
Five Waltzes by two contemporaries (fl vc gtr) J.N. Hummel (1778-1837) Franz Schubert (1797-1828) (arr. Boland & Heim)
Simple Gifts (fl vc gtr) traditional Shaker tune (arr. Boland)

Audience Comments: Home Sweet Home

“Thank you for your informative explanation of each number without speaking ‘above’ us.” –H.B.

“Your music is so wonderful- Very neat how you weaved in history via music. Thank you so much for bringing music and culture to us!” –anon.

“Your beautiful music really ‘lifted’ our spirits on this gloomy day. Your instruments blended so well to produce such glorious music.” –J.B.

Setting Sun to Rising Moon

Harvey Sollberger, Marilynne Robinson, Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Carey Bostian, Miera Kim, Lisa Ponton, Nancy Gaub

The Gilead Project: Dowdall, Ponton, Boland, Sollberger, Robinson, Gaub, Kim, Bostian

May 21, 2011
First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

May 22, 2011
St. Raphael Church
Iowa City, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Miera Kim, violin
Nancy McFarland Gaub, violin
Lisa Ponton, viola
Carey Bostian, cello
with Marilynne Robinson, author

Ready for an all-Iowa adventure? Then step into the philosophical milieu of small-town Iowa in the 1950’s. Perhaps Gilead for flute, guitar and string quartet by Marion-born, prize-winning composer Harvey Sollberger receives its world premiere at the hands of six masterful Iowa musicians. Sollberger’s Perhaps Gilead is inspired by the novels (Home and Gilead) of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson (Iowa Writer’s Workshop), which spring from her fictional Iowa town of Gilead. Relive the history and spirit of our great state through great new works of Iowa art! Read about the project.  Hear the music on a compact disc recording titled Spillville and Gilead released by Fleur de Son Classics.

Sponsor: With generous support from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Carey Bostian is sponsored by Mary Lou Pazour. (photo by John Richard)

Program: Setting Sun to Rising Moon

Perhaps Gilead * World Premiere (fl gtr 2vln vla vc)    Harvey Sollberger

Audience Comments: Setting Sun to Rising Moon

“I am always so impressed with– and continually in awe of–all the wonderful educational components you and John incorporate in connection with your performing.” M.S.

“Wonderful! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed and profited from your concert (I read both books). And it was to wonderful hear you all play so gorgeously.” E.H.

“I could feel the story in each movement. The background is an excellent teaching tool; were you aware that the stained glass window was the ideal setting for this music? The full moon last night was just as described in the book- I live in the prairie and could see it and hear the sounds of birds and breezes- incredible depiction. N.B.

Season 14 Programs

Fireflies | a Dvorak Sighting | Kaspar the friendly . . . |

Fireflies

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Andrew SImpson, David Miller

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Andrew Earle Simpson, David Miller

September 27, 2009

First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
David Miller (viola)

The project features the chamber music of Andrew Earle Simpson commissioned by Red Cedar Chamber Music. Plus two new variations – by Joshua Reznicow and Andrew Simpson – for the 5th anniversary of the Spillville Variations project. David Miller’s appearance is sponsored by Victor and Janice Naxera. A compact disc devoted to Andrew Simpson’s music was recorded by the Jan Boland, John Dowdall and David Miller. Titled Fireflies, it was commercially released by Fleur de Son Classics (NY).

The Program: Fireflies

Fireflies – A Folk Set for flute and guitar Andrew Earle Simpson
Tesserae: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome fl gtr Andrew Earle Simpson
Variations on a Theme by Dvorak a group commissioning project Lyle Dockendorff, Jonathan Chenette, Tracey Rush, Michael Gilbertson, Joshua Reznicow, Andrew Earle Simpson

Audience Comments: Fireflies

“What a treat. As they say, ‘A great nation deserves great art,’ and tonight we got it through a wonderful musical/educational experience through Red Cedar. Thank you!” J.C.

“Please continue these concerts. We all need more of this kind of music in our lives. It’s such a wonderful respite from the toils of everyday living.” F.P.

“I just came back from the Red Cedar performance at the Walters Museum of Art – and it was a spectacular concert! It was very moving to hear the new work that Andrew composed for Jan and John – “Fireflies” which was composed to their strengths as musicians. It was great to hear Tesserae again – especially with the launch of the book.” J.M.

a Dvorak sighting

Harvey Sollberger, Marie Wang, Blaise Magniere, Anthony Devroye, Cheng Hou-Lee, Jan Boland, John Dowdall

Harvey Sollberger, Marie Wang, Blaise Magniere, Anthony Devroye, Cheng Hou-Lee, Jan Boland, John Dowdall

April 10, 2010

First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Tony Devroye, viola
The Avalon Quartet
Celebrating Dvorak in Iowa with the old and the new! We have heard the beloved bit of Iowa history that tells us how the world-famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak came to Iowa to live and work for three months in the summer of 1893. The Avalon Quartet will play Dvorak’s American Quartet –written when he was in Iowa. So what’s new? Renowned composer, Harvey Sollberger, has recently retired to his Iowa roots and has focused the attention of his compositional genius on his native state. Sollberger took a 21st century look at Dvorak’s famous Quartet and composed an extended work for flute, viola and guitar. Titled Spillville, this trio is inspired by Dvorak’s quartet and features Avalon violist Tony Devroye performing with Jan Boland (flute) and John Dowdall (guitar). Read more about the project here. Harvey’s Spillville Trio compact disc was recorded for commercial release (by Boland, Dowdall and Devroye) on a titled Spillville and Gilead – Fleur de Son Classics label.

The Program: a Dvorak Sighting

String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, “American” Antonin Dvorak/td>
Spillville (2006)_ Trio (fl vla gtr) Harvey Sollberger (b. 1938)
Humoresque Antonin Dvorak

Audience Comments: a Dvorak Sighting

“As usual, extraordinary! Your music is inspirational. Makes me want to go home and practice! Harvey’s ‘Spillville’—wonderful.” M.L.P.

“Gosh, that was a wonderful concert!” J.C.

“Wonderful variety, superb musicianship, and a personal touch. Fabulous concert.” C.S.


Kaspar the friendly . . .

Jan Boland, John Dowdall, O'Sullivan, Doug Worthen

John Dowdall, Loretta O’Sullivan, Douglas Worthen, David Miller, Jan Boland

June 5, 2010

at First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids IA

Jan Boland, flute
Douglas Worthen, flute
David Miller, viola
John Dowdall, guitar
Loretta O’Sullivan, cello

Kaspar Kummer is back! This 19th-century composer is so obscure, he is missing from even the most detailed music history books. But Red Cedar loves his chamber music & we’re determined to give him a come-back! We find his music charming and have invited our favorite period players to join us. These works were recorded using period instruments by the artists in this project.more about the project here. The commercial disc appears on a compact disc recording titled Gaspard Kummer: Chamber Music for flute, guitar and strings and released on the Fleur de Son Classics label.  Concert Sponsor: The Giacoletto Foundation. Loretta O’Sullivan is sponsored by Thea Leslie

The Program: Kaspar the friendly . . .

Serenade Op. 83 (fl vla gtr) Kaspar Kummer
Divertissement Op. 92 No. 2(2fl gtr) Kaspar Kummer
Serenade Op. 81 (fl vla gtr vc) Kaspar Kummer
Quintetto Op. 75 (2fl vla gtr vc) Kaspar Kummer

Flute: 11-keyed wooden flute by Koch (Vienna, 1830)
Flute: 11-keyed wooden flute by Ziegler (Vienna, c. 1830)
Guitar: Anonymous gut-strung (France, c. 1830)
Viola: Anonymous Tyrolian viola (mid-19th century)
Cello: by Peter Wamsley (England, c. 1735)

Audience Comments: Kaspar the Friendly

“Lovely concert. I want to hear more of Gaspard Kummer and the Red Cedar Chamber. Thank you for the beautiful musical gift.” E.J.

“Your instruments are awesome – and I am so glad you tell us about them so we can appreciate them, too. Your Kaspar Kummer concert is the best one – so far. His music is so delightful.” E.P.

“Elegant, filled with spirit. The artists’ enjoyments are contagious and uplifting- and, as always, the artists keep reaching to enlarge its repertoire, keeping their music fresh. Fresh is a good word for it all.” T.M.

Season 13 Programs

| Klezmer to Classical | Home Sweet Home | Vienna by Starlight |

Klezmer to Classical

Jan Boland, John Dowdall David, Loretta

John Dowdall, Loretta O’Sullivan, David Miller, Jan Boland

September 7, 2008

First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Timothy Shiu (violin)
David Miller (viola)
Loretta O’Sullivan (cello)

From the haunting and vivacious sounds of Klezmer folk music to the classical beauty of works by Felix Mendelssohn and the lush twentieth-century harmonies of George Gershwin and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Jewish composers have given us some of the world’s most transcendent and emotionally moving music. Klezmer to Classical honors the creative genius of these composers and features a little-known masterpiece by Czech composer Gideon Klein, composed shortly before his death in a German concentration camp in 1945.

Sponsors: Ann Lipsky, Harold and Robert Becker, and the Thaler Holocaust Fund. David Miller’s appearance is sponsored by Victor and Janice Naxera.

The Program: Klezmer to Classical

Three Venetian Boat Songs from Felix Mendelssohn’s
Songs without Words (1809-1847) 
(fl vla vc gtr)
arr. Jan Boland
Klezmer Music:
Der Kholem Fun Yid / Khusidl / Nign
Tish Nign / Rusishe Sher
traditional
Trio (1935) for fl vla gtr Nico Richter (1915-1945)
Ecloguefor flute, viola,and guitar Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Trio(for vln vla vc) Gideon Klein (1919-1945)
Summertime for flute, cello and guitar George Gershwin (1898-1937)
arr. John Dowdall & Lyle Dockendorff
Andante from Quintet Op. 143for guitar, violin, flute, viola and cello Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
(1895-1968)

Audience Comments: Klezmer to Classical

“Thank you, thank you for doing the season again. My friend and I so enjoy coming to your concerts. Please, please release a recording of the Mendelssohn. It’s like a sweet dream in my ears. It was all wonderful. Please don’t stop! Your music always makes me laugh and cry and learn.” C.S.

“What a wonderful collection. Loved the Mendelssohn. Just what I needed after a chaotic weekend. And the Klezmer perfect to get me energized for the week ahead. As usual, you always delight and educate with your concerts and comments.” B.F.

Home Sweet Home

Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Loretta O'Sullivan

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Loretta O’Sullivan

February 27 and 28, 2009

Historic Brucemore
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Loretta O’Sullivan, cello

What’s more American than the music of beloved nineteenth-century songwriter Stephen Collins Foster at Brucemore – Cedar Rapids’ preeminent 1886 home. Toss in Red Cedar on period instruments and a post-concert cup of homemade cider and return to your roots with tunes popular when Iowa became a state in 1846. Foster’s toe-tapping jigs blend with his ethereal Beautiful Dreamer, Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair and music of his European contemporaries to create a relaxing and memorable evening.

The Program: Home Sweet Home

Kiss Waltz from The Evening Hour Septimus Winner (1827-1902)
Old Folks at Home, Old Folks Quadrilles Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)
Maggie by my Side; Little Ella Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)
Sonata in e minor, K 304 – W.A. Mozart arr. guitar, flute and cello Pierre Porro (1756-1791)
Theme & Variations on Home Sweet Home Gaspard Kummer (1795-1870); arr. flute, guitar & cello by Boland & Dowdall
Rondeau Op. 48, No. 6 (guitar solo)
Septimus Winner
Village Festival Jig; Beautiful Dreamer Stephen Foster arr fl, gtr & cello by Boland
Potpourri on the opera Belisario –Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) arr. Arnold & Boland for fl, gtr & cello
Simple Gifts – Shaker tune (arr. Boland)

Audience Comments: Home Sweet Home

“I am begging you, imploring you, whatever, to make a recording of your playing, obviously with Loretta O’Sullivan, of your arrangement of “Simple Gifts”. As I tried to say that night, it was the cleanest, sweetest, purest interpretation of that work that I have ever heard. It captured the real essence and meaning of the tune, way better than Aaron Copeland’s version where he gets carried away and forgets what “simple” means. Yours is so much better.” P.J.

“A wonderfully delightful evening—the music held me spellbound—just did not want it to end.” E.P.

Vienna by Starlight

Avalon Quartet with Jan Boland John Dowdall

John Dowdall, Cheng Hou-Lee, Marie Wang, Blaise Magniere, Anthony Devroye, Jan Boland

June 6, 2009
First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids IA

The Avalon Quartet
Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar

Experience the magic of early 19th-c. Vienna glowing in the musical “starlight” of its most revered composers – Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert – as interpreted by the fabulous, award-winning Avalon Quartet. Cellist Cheng-Hou Lee, violinists Blaise Magniere and Marie Wang and violist Anthony Devroye join Jan Boland and John Dowdall in a program of masterworks, including a Beethoven string quartet, and a Mozart flute quartet that will transport your spirit and inspire your soul.

Sponsors: The concert is sponsored by the Giacoletto Foundation. The Avalon Quartet is sponsored by Margaret Haupt and George J. Naxera Jr.

The Program: Vienna by Starlight

Quartet in C major KV Anh. 171 for flute and string quartet Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 for string quartet Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)
Italian Serenade in G Major for string quartet Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Quintet No. 4, G448 for guitar and string quartet Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Audience Comments: Vienna by Starlight

“Excellent concert! The Avalon Quartet was awesome and Jan and John are always superb. It’s true—your performance does inspire the soul!” A.A.

“Very excellent as usual. The Beethoven was electric nearly elevating all by itself. Everyone was in sync, as if everyone was one musician. Mozart (my favorite) was top-notch. The Boccherini was a rousing and wonderful finale! We are so lucky to have such wonderful music here. Keep up the good work.” N.Z.

“Absolutely phenomenal. I’m from NYC and have attended concerts performed by top groups, and I can’t say I’ve heard better than Red Cedar! Such sensitive interpretations and intense feeling projected. Performers truly one with the composers’ intentions. Bravo!” A.U.

Season 12 Programs

One European White Guy | Latino Meets Iowa | Hallelujah, I’m a Bum! |

One European White Guy

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Loretta O'Sullivan, David Miller

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Loretta O’Sullivan, David Miller

September 7, 2007

Westminster Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Timothy Shiu (violin)
David Miller (viola)
Loretta O’Sullivan (cello)

He was just another European white guy living in a century filled with master composers. But Red Cedar wants you to become acquainted with the music of Gaspard Kummer, a seldom-performed composer from the nineteenth century. We find his music charming and have invited some of our favorite period-instrument string players to join us. Kummer’s music is recorded by the artists to compact disc titled Gaspard Kummer and released by Fleur de Son Classics.

The Instruments:
Flute: 11-keyed wooden flute by Koch (Vienna, 1830)
Guitar: Anonymous gut-strung (France, c. 1830)
Viola: Anonymous Tyrolian viola (mid-19th century)
Cello: by Peter Wamsley (England, c. 1735).
Violin: by Joseph Gagliano (Naples, 1751).

Sponsors: Concert is sponsored by the D.C. Taylor Company. Artist sponsorships provided by Honkamp Krueger & Co, Arts Midwest, and Thea Leslie, in memory of Roger Leslie.

The Program: One European

Serenade Op. 83 for flute, viola & guitar Gaspard Kummer (1795-1870)
Divertissement Op. 92 No. 2 flute, violin and guitar Gaspard Kummer
Serenade Op. 81 for flute, viola, guitar (and cello) Gaspard Kummer
Quintetto Op. 75 for flute, violin, viola, cello & guitar Gaspard Kummer

Audience Comments: One European

“I loved the concert. Kummer is definitely a winner! The music was so ‘accessible.’ As always, the pleasure of hearing the music is enhanced by the atmosphere you create, which puts everyone in a receptive mood. You receive such an overwhelming expression of approval at your many concerts.” T.L.

“What a wonderful time Kerry and I had watching and listening to your group go at it. Red Cedar is indeed an excellent chamber music ensemble, in part because of the example that you two set.” D.E.

“This was a romp! A tuneful, melodious romp – with the exception of the Adagios, of course.” P.L.

“Wonderful performance. Exuberant and evocative. I enjoy hearing musicians talk about their craft and give some context to the music. A real pleasure.” P.A.

“This was one of our top two favorite concerts of all time. The period instruments combined with the period (we call it “true”) chamber music hit our sweet spot. The beautiful setting was the icing on the cake. If only I could listen to that concert program over and over again – oh, but since you are recording it, I will be able to do just that!? ?? Thanks for being a part of our lives and our community and our state. p.s. And I’m so certain that Gaspard Kummer is saying, “Finally……!” K.H.

Latino Meets Iowa

Jan Boland John Dowdall, Ricardo Iznaola, Bjorn Ranheim, Tony Devroye

Composer Ricardo Iznaola (second from right) with Tony Devroye, Bjorn Ranheim, Jan Boland and John Dowdall

February 23, 2008

Immaculate Conception Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Bjorn Ranheim, cello
Anthony Devroye, viola

Energy and rhythm permeate the walls of Immaculate Conception Church as Red Cedar Chamber Music helps this parish celebrate its 150th Anniversary year with music that gives a classical nod to the Latino culture. Features the world premiere of Danzas de la Abuela written especially for this concert by Cuban-American composer Ricardo Iznaola. We are thrilled to showcase two fabulous young musicians – Bjorn Ranheim (St. Louis Symphony) and Anthony Devroye (Avalon Quartet).

Sponsors: Immaculate Conception Church served as concert sponsor and commissioned Izanola’s Danzas de la Abuela. Artist sponsors are Margaret Haupt and Victor & Jan Naxera.

 The Program: Latino

Desde Santa Cruz (arr. fl vla vc gtr) traditional Bolivian
Rio from Dream Travels (2002) (arr. fl vc gtr by Boland) Gary Schocker
Duet in F Major (viola & cello) Allesandro Rolla (1759-1841)
Danzas de la Abuela * world premiere ( guitar, flute, cello) Ricardo Iznaola
Musique de Salon *Premiere of this instrumentation (fl vla vc guitar) Ricardo Iznaola

Audience Comments: Latino
“I loved the concert. Kummer is definitely a winner! Several people spoke to me about how much they enjoyed the selections. One comment was that the music was so ‘accessible.’ As always, the pleasure of hearing the music is enhanced by the atmosphere you create, which puts everyone in a receptive mood. You receive such an overwhelming expression of approval at your many concerts.” T.L..

“What a wonderful time Kerry and I had watching and listening to your group go at it. Red Cedar is indeed an excellent chamber music ensemble, in part because of the example that you two set.” D.E..

“This was a romp! A tuneful, melodious romp – with the exception of the Adagios, of course.” P.L.

From the Composer, Ricardo Iznaola:
Hello John and Jan,
Thank you for a splendid run during the week of performances. I enjoyed every minute of it and will relish its memories for many years. I am very grateful to you both for trusting me with the commission and for the lovely artistic care you and your guests put in the preparation, promotion and performance of my music. I will be very much looking forward to further encounters and collaborations. In the meantime, my heartfelt gratitude and congratulations for a very successful enterprise. Always yours in friendship, Ricardo Iznaola


Hallelujah, I’m a Bum!

Jan Boland John Dowdall

Jan Boland & John Dowdall at Marion City Hall

June 7, 2008

Marion City Hall
Marion, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar

Red Cedar enjoys a bit of folk music – after all it was Hootenanny that got John to first pick up the guitar when he was a teenager. The classical music on this concert is strongly inspired by the American folk tradition. The centerpiece is the premiere of a new work by Andrew Earle Simpson Fireflies: A Folk Set for Flute and Guitar – one of the movements is titled “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum.” Don’t miss this one!

Sponsors: The Giacoletto Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. Hosted by The City of Marion

The Program: Hallelujah

Desde Santa Cruz Traditional Bolivian
Fanny Power Turlough O’Carolan
Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair Stephen Collins Foster
Hungarian Dance Wilhelm Popp
Simple Gifts Traditional Shaker Melody
Summertime George Gershwin: arr. Dowdall & Dockendorff
Fireflies: Folk Set * World Premiere for flute and guitar Andrew Earle Simpson

 

Audience Comments: Hallelujah!

“Moving, creative, instructive! ! ‘Fireflies’ is a clever and wonderful collaboration between composer and musicians! Thank you!” S.G.

“The Fireflies composition is wonderful! It really captures the American spirit.” M.M.

“Exquisite. Each concert is a wonderful ‘vacation’ from life’s cares.” E.J.

Season 11 Programs

Mentored by Mozart | More Reis’s Pieces, please | From Chocen with love |

Mentored by Mozart

Tim Shiu, Loretta O'Sullivan, Theresa Bogard, jan Boland, John Dowdall

John Dowdall, Tim Shui, Theresa Bogard, Loretta O’Sullivan, Jan Boland

October 21, 2006
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Theresa Bogard (fortepiano)
Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Loretta O’Sullivan (cello)
Timothy Shiu (violin)

Back by demand! Charming nineteenth-century parlor music by Mozart’s favorite student, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, is presented on historical instruments from the period. Fortepianist Theresa Bogard will again load her precious 7-foot 1797 piano replica in the back of her Dodge van and drive it across the country to join Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Loretta O’Sullivan and Timothy Shiu. [This repertoire was subsequently recorded to compact disc and commercially released by Fleur de Son Classics.]

Sponsors: Concert sponsor is D.C. Taylor Company.

The Program: Mentored by Mozart

Grande Serenade & Potpourri Op. 63, No. 1 or fortepiano, guitar, violin, flute & cello Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837)
Trio Op. 78 for flute, cello & fortepiano Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Potpourri Op. 53 for guitar & fortepiano Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Grande Serenade & potpourri Op. 66, No. 2 for fortepiano, guitar, violin, flute & cello Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Audience Comments: Mentored

“You destroyed all my notions that chamber music is all ‘fiddle screech and piano tinkle.’ Your selections were tuneful and melodic. The musicians obviously enjoyed it and I did too!” A.S.

“A superb concert on Saturday night! You really excel at getting great musicians to join you, and you find such unusual and beautiful music to present. Thanks for another unforgettable concert!” T.L.

“This is only my second concert of this type. The artists played with such emotion, feeling and grace. What a delight!”

The instruments:
Fortepiano: Copy of a Dulcken fortepiano from 1796
Flute: 11-keyed wooden flute by Ziegler (Vienna, 1830)
Guitars: Anonymous French-style c. 1830.
Serafino Casini Italian guitar c. 1887. Gut-strung
Cello:by Peter Wamsley (England, c.1735).
The bow is a copy of an 18c Dodd bow.
Violin: by Joseph Gagliano (Naples, 1751)

More Ries’s Pieces, please

Bret heim, Nancy Wilson, Michael Kimber, Loretta O'Sullivan, John Dowdall, Jan Boland

Bret Heim, Nancy Wilson, Michael Kimber, Jan Boland, John Dowdall, Loretta O’Sullivan

February 24, 2007
First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Michael Kimber, viola
Nancy Wilson, violin
Loretta O’Sullivan, cello
Brett Heim, guitar

Step back in time to experience a true nineteenth-century parlor concert. Where musicians gather to enjoy true camaraderie and to participate in intimate chamber music – and you, the listener, are an essential part of the picture. Features violinist Nancy Wilson, violist Michael Kimber, cellist Loretta O’Sullivan, guitarists John Dowdall & Bret Heim, and flutist Jan Boland, all performing on period instruments.

Sponsors: Thanks to concert sponsor George J. Naxera Jr. The Iowa Arts Council. Artist sponsors are Margaret Haupt andThea Leslie, in memory of Roger Leslie.

The Program: More Ries’s Pieces

Quartet in A Major Op. 145 No. 3 Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838)
Grand Duo Op. 26 for two guitars Albert Gottlieb Methfessel (1785-1869)
Polonaise Nationalefor two guitars Felix Horetzky (1796-1870)
Quartet in E minor, Op. 145 No. 2 Ferdinand Ries

The instruments:
Flute: 11-keyed wooden flute by Ziegler (Vienna, 1830)
Guitars: Anonymous French-style c. 1830.
19th-c. by C. F. Martin. Both guitars are gut-strung.
Cello: by Peter Wamsley (England, c.1735). The bow is a copy of an 18c Dodd bow.
Violin: by Vincenzo Rugeri, 1730, Cremona. The bow is a copy of Louis Tourte by Louis Begin, Montreal
Viola: by J. B. Guadagnini. The bow is a copy of an early 19th-century Dodd bow.

Audience Comments: More Ries’s Pieces

“Beautiful music! Interesting presentation! Enjoyed the humor. Informative while being fun” E.T.

“The quartet was wonderful. Close your eyes and you could ‘hear’ almost any instrument from French horn to piano. Excellent.” J.R.

“The best stress buster ever.” B.T.

“The Horetzky piece really had me tappin’. It was energizing. “ N.H.

From Chocen with Love

David Miller, John Dowdall Jan Boland

David Miller, John Dowdall, Jan Boland

June 2, 2007
The National Czech & Slovak Museum
Cedar Rapids, IA

The Red Cedar Trio performs
Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
David Miller, viola

Red Cedar’s Birthday Party concert features the music of Czech composer Wenceslaus Matiegka (this music was also played on our very first concert at the Czech Museum). The Red Cedar Trio brings the full expression of period instruments to life in music by Molino, Molitor and Matiegka (born in Chocen, The Czech Republic).Take note! Our concert begins at 7 p.m. so that you can be our guest at Red Cedar Chamber Music’s Gala Tenth Birthday Party from 9-11 p.m. Special prizes wonderful food and beverages, a few sentimental remarks, birthday cake and party not to be missed. [This repertoire is recorded to compact disc by the Red Cedar Trio and released commercially on the Fleur de Son Classics label.]

Sponsors: Thanks to concert sponsor GreatAmerica Leasing.

The Program: From Chocen

Trios Op. 19, No. 3 for flute, viola and guitar Simon Molitor (1766-1848)
Trio Concertant, Op. 6 for flute, viola and guitar Simon Molitor (1766-1848)
Nocturne, Op. 21 for flute, viola and guitar Wenceslaus Matiegka (1784-1838)

The instruments:
Flute: 11-keyed wooden flute by Koch (Vienna, 1830)
Guitar: Gut-strung, 19th-century (1830)
Viola: Unsigned Tyrolian. Nineteenth century.

Audience Comments: From Chocen

“You leave having been part of the music rather than just audience. How wonderful it is that you are Iowa-based. Thank you.” M. Z.

“I don’t know enough about music to be technically appreciative, but I enjoyed it very much. I expected a more “boring” sound vs. the fast-paced interactive blend that was produced.” D. M.

“Unbelievable! This trio is a fantastic gift to our community.” M. C.

“Saturday evening was magical – perfect setting, perfect audience, wonderful music and musicians – it was obvious that everyone truly had a wonderful time, and you had the audience with you all the way.” B.T.

“We had such an enjoyable evening – listening to your fabulous performance and taking part in all the festivities. That fire dancer was spectacular! Congratulations again on your remarkable 10 years! Bravo!” C.S.

 

Season 10 Programs

There’s Always Room for Cello | Winter Impressions | Tribute | Strictly Iowa |

There’s Always Room for Cello

Parry Karp, Jan Boland, John Dowdall

Parry Karp, Jan Boland, John Dowdall

October 8, 2005
The National Czech & Slovak Museum
Cedar Rapids, IA

Parry Karp, cello
Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Rene Lecuona, piano
Mark Elliott, narrator

The soulful cello is featured in engaging trios by Mendelssohn, Martinu & Schocker. If you love beautiful melodies, this concert is for you. A narrated setting of T.S. Elliott’s Practical Cats adds a touch of humor.

Sponsor: Thanks to concert sponsor GreatAmerica Leasing. Artist sponsor is Margaret Haupt.

The Program: There’s Always Room for Cello

Trio d minor, Op. 49 for flute, cello and piano Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Practical Cats:
Macavity: The Mystery Cat
for narrator, flute, cello and guitar
Humphrey Searle
Garden Music for flute, cello and guitar Gary Schocker
Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano Bohuslav Martinu

Audience Comments: There’s Always Room for Cello

“Perfect pacing. Fantastic artistry with bits of comedy.”

“This was great fun! We haven’t been to a concert in a while and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it.”

“An inspirational performance; a privilege to be present.”

Winter Impressions

Michael Kimber, Jan Boland, John Dowdall

Michael Kimber, Jan Boland, John Dowdall

December 10, 2005
First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Michael Kimber, viola
Ruth Armstrong, vocals

Holiday favorites with a classical twist! Time-honored seasonal melodies are woven into chamber music by composer-in-residence Andrew Simpson and Iowa City’s own Peter Bloesch (Christmas Suite * world premiere). Plus White Christmas and other holiday favorites.

Sponsor: Concert sponsor is George J. Naxera, Jr.

The Program: Winter Impressions

Christmas Suite: *world premiere for flute, viola, & guitar Peter Bloesch (b. 1963)
Winter-Night Canticles for flute & guitar Andrew Earle Simpson
Winter Impressions Sergio Assad (b. 1952)
I Wonder as I Wander / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Audience Comments: Winter Impressions.

“Magical! Silent Night was the perfect way to end the program.That was the best performance of that song I have heard.” S.M.

“It is so wonderful to be able to attend a concert of this caliber so close to home, not having to travel great lengths to get here. You all do an incredible job!” K.R.

“Stylism and musical interpretation superb! One of your best concerts I’ve heard. BEST MUSIC TICKET ANYWHERE!” G.B.


Tribute

David Miller, Jan Boland, Jerry Owen, John Dowdall

David Miller, Jan Boland, Jerry Owen, John Dowdall

January 21, 2006
Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA

The Red Cedar Trio
Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
David Miller (viola)

The Red Cedar Trio pays tribute to Red Cedar Chamber Music’s first composer-in-residence, Jerry Owen, and other gifted Iowa composers. Music commissioned by Red Cedar reflects the rich heritage of Czech culture in Eastern Iowa through Gypsy InspirationsTrio Concertant over Czech Folk Songs, and Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak. [Subsequently a compact disc recording of the chamber music of Jerry. M Owen written was released by Fleur de Son Classics (NY).

Concert Sponsor: Our thanks to Bill and Teddy Shuttleworth. Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak was commissioned by Red Cedar Chamber Music with support from the Iowa Arts Council and Ryan Companies US.

The Program: Tribute!

Spillville Variations on a Theme by DvorakPart One: Theme: Set by Jan Boland
Var. 1 Jonathan Chenette
Var. 2 Peter Hamlin
Var. 3 Robert Lindsey Nassif
Var. 4 Donald Chamberlain
Var. 5 Luke Gullickson
Var. 6 Tracy Rush
Var. 7 Peter Bloesch
Var. 8 Michael Gilbertson
Var. 9 Pat Smith
Var. 10 Dan Knight
Var. 11 Ivo Medek
Var. 12 Lyle Dockendorff
Var. 13 Harvey Sollberger
Var. 14 Michael Daugherty
Var. 15 Jerry Owen
group commission
Trio Concertant over Czech Folk Songs (fl, vla, gtr) Jerry M. Owen (b. 1944)
Gypsy Inspirations (2003) (fl, vla, gtr) Jerry M. Owen
Humoreske (fl, vla, gtr)

Audience Comments: Tribute!
“Thanks for bringing such energy to the stage in honor of one of Iowa’s musical treasures – Jerry Owen.”

“Absolutely the BEST YET! Red Cedar Chamber Music is such fun to listen to. The three of you are so professional and you play as one. ” N.Z.

“I’ve decided the “M” in RCCM stands for “magic”.Thank you all for the experience of last night.” K.H.

“I applaud Red Cedar’s collaborations with Iowa composers!” J.R.

Strictly Iowa

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Andrew SImpson, David Miller

John Dowdall, Jan Boland, Andrew Earle Simpson, David Miller

June 8, 2006
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids, IA

The Red Cedar Trio:
Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
David Miller (viola)
MIchael Kimber (viola)

A musical salute to Iowa’s superstars, Grant Wood and Antonin Dvorak. Iowa ethnicities and visual art are the impetus for a sparkling concert of music that is Strictly Iowa! The Red Cedar Trio showcases trios by composer-in-residence Andrew Earle Simpson and the premiere of Harvey Sollberger’s Spillville. Hear a recording of Sollberger’s Trio.

Sponsors: This concert is generously supported by the D.C. Taylor Company. Also by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Audience Comments: Strictly Iowa.

“I am still flying from the CRMA concert! You have earned and so deserve to be soaring so high because you give the gift of flight to the hearts of everyone who is blessed to cross paths with you and Red Cedar Chamber Music.” K.H.

“The last two nights have been brilliant! You’ve produced wonderful evenings which will benefit RCCM for years to come, as well as the cultural life in these parts! Lots of positive vibes generated! Congratulations!” M.A.P.

“You all sound terrific–just great, deep music-making that connects on so many levels. And your ability to bring audience members in and along with you is a fabulous model for the future of so-called classical music. Seriously. Big time.” J.W.

The Program: Strictly Iowa

American Gothic Suite  for flute, viola, & guitar Andrew Earle Simpson)
Tesserae: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome (2004) for flute, viola & guitar Andrew Earle Simpson
Spillville (2006) * World Premiere for flute, viola & guitar Harvey Sollberger

 

Season 9 Programs

Starched Shirt Cuffs | Bassed on Bach | 5 Turner Alley |

From Starched Shirt CuffsJan Boland, John Dowdall, David Miller

October 2 & 3, 2004
The National Czech & Slovak Museum,
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (flute)
David Miller, (viola)
John Dowdall (guitar)
Members of the Quartetto Telemann

The Red Cedar Trio, in collaboration with members of the Prague-based Quartetto Telemann, performs a different concert each night. This innovative program celebrating the centennial of Antonin Dvorak features the premiere of Spillville Variations on a Theme of Dvorak, a collaborative commission by 15 Iowa composers. (The sheet music is published by ALRY Publications.) You’ll hear half of the variations on Saturday – and come back on Sunday night to hear the remainder! Additional music by Czech composers, and American music inspired by the Czech tradition. Read about the project. Hear a recording.

Sponsors:  GreatAmerica Leasing.  Spillville Variations on a Theme of Dvorak was commissioned with generous support from the Iowa Arts Council and Ryan Companies US.

The Program: Starched Shirt Cuffs

Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak (2004)
group commission.   *World Premiere
Part One: Theme: Set by Jan Boland
Var. 1 Jonathan Chenette
Var. 2 Peter Hamlin
Var. 3 Robert Lindsey Nassif
Var. 4 Donald Chamberlain
Var. 5 Luke Gullickson
Var. 6 Tracy Rush
Var. 7 Peter Bloesch
Var. 8 Michael Gilbertson
Var. 9 Pat Smith
Var. 10 Dan Knight
Var. 11 Ivo Medek
Var. 12 Lyle Dockendorff
Var. 13 Harvey Sollberger
Var. 14 Michael Daugherty
Var. 15 Jerry Owen
Largo from the Symphony No. 9 Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Romance from Czech Suite
The Mother
Valz A-major Op. 54 No. 1
Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 46
 Antonin Dvorak
Nocturne Op. 21 Wenceslaus Matiegka (1773-1830)
Trio Concertant over Czech Folk Songs (2002) (fl vla gtr) Jerry M. Owen (. b.1944)
Gypsy Inspirations (2003)  Jerry M. Owen
Humoreske  Antonin Dvorak


Audience Comments:
Starched Shirt Cuffs

“Great ideas brought a great gathering of music.”

“How fortunate we are! This concert is outstanding.”

“I don’t normally attend chamber music programs. However, this one may change my attitude! The music was fresh, good-humored and enjoyable.”

Bass-ed on Bach

Jan Boland, Volkan Orhan, John Dowdall

Jan Boland, Volkan Orhan, John Dowdall

March 5, 2005
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland, flute
John Dowdall, guitar
Volkan Orhan, double bass

Bach rocks! This concert explores the similarities between baroque music and jazz. Award-winning doublebassist Volkan Orhon joins flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall to premiere a jazz-inspired work Swing Fugue and Fantasy Variations on a Jazz Tune by composer-in-residence Jerry M. Owen. Jerry Owen is Red Cedar Chamber Music’s Composer-in-Residence. Also hear Bach’s Sonata in e minor & more.

Sponsors: Concert sponsor is the D.C. Taylor Company. Artist sponsor is Margaret Haupt.

The Program: Bass-ed on Bach

Sonata in E Major BWV 1035 (fl gtr db) J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Cello Suite in d minor BWV 1008 (for double bass) J.S. Bach
Poucha Dass (double bass solo) Francois Rabbath (b. 1931)
Swing Fugue and Fantasy Variations
on a Jazz Tune (2004) * World Premiere 
(fl gtr db)
 Jerry M. Owen (b. 1944)
Jungle Music (1993) a dance for guitar, flute, and double bass Ted Stanley
Prelude II (fl gtr db) George Gershwin arr. John Dowdall & Lyle Dockendorff
Summertime (fl gtr db) George Gershwin arr. John Dowdall & Lyle Dockendorff

Audience Comments: Bass-ed on Bach

“Congratulations on a MAGNIFICENT concert. We thoroughly enjoyed it!”

“The Bach was bubbly. It made me smile!”

“I’m so proud to be here – the music was very interesting on its own, but we also heard a world premiere and met the creator of the double bass as well! Who says one must be on one of the coasts?”

“As usual, Red Cedar was superb. It’s great to have such high quality talent here in Cedar Rapids.”

5 Turner Alley

The Cedar Rapids Museum of ArtJan Boland, John Dowdall
Cedar Rapids, IA

The Red Cedar Trio
Jan Boland (flute)
John Dowdall (guitar)
David Miller (viola)

Artist Grant Wood created the famous painting, American Gothic, in his tiny carriage-house studio at 5 Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Red Cedar Trio premieres a new work by Andrew Earle Simpson, American Gothic Suite, to celebrate the studio’s renovation. This concert is preceded by a Grant Wood Carriage House Studio concert on Friday night, June 3. Read more about this project.

Sponsor:  Presented by the children of Joan Lipsky in her honor. *Andrew Simpson is Red Cedar Chamber Music’s Composer-in-Residence. American Gothic Suite was commissioned for the Red Cedar Trio by the children of Joan Lipsky, in her honor. This concert also receives generous support from the Iowa Arts Council.

The Program: 5 Turner Alley

Crystal (2004) for flute, viola and guitar Michael Daugherty
American Gothic Sketch (2005) (fl, vla, gtr) Michael Kimber
Ballads: Maggie by my Side, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair  Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864); arr. Jan Boland
Old Folks Quadrilles
American Gothic Suite *World Premiere for flute, viola & guitar Andrew Earle Simpson
Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak (2004) Jonathan Chenette, Luc Gullickson, Lyle Dockendorff, Harvey Sollberger, Tracey Rush, Peter Bloesch
Simple Gifts (fl vla gtr)

Audience Comments: American Gothic

“Music-making of the highest artistic level.  Lovely programming tied in wonderfully with the historic event of the upcoming Grant Wood exhibition.” M.K.

““Beautiful presentation-I wonder if Grant Wood would like the musical contribution to the art work as much as this audience does? I think so!” M.C.

“I am new to the area and am astounded at the quality of the music I heard tonight, both the new composition and the ‘classical.’ What a treasure for Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa!” B.E.

“I enjoy listening to you play and watching you grow into a vibrant musical voice in our community. Thanks too for all you do to bring music and beauty to so many people of all ages.” J.L.

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