About Red Cedar Chamber Music 2004-2005


| From Starched Shirt Cuffs . . .| Bass-ed on Bach | 5 Turner Alley |

From Starched Shirt Cuffs . . .

David Miller, John Dowdall, Jan Boland

October 2 & 3, 2004

The National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library
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. 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.

Concert Sponsor: GreatAmerica Leasing. Spillville Variations on a Theme of Dvorak was commissioned with generous support from the Iowa Arts Council and Ryan Companies US. (Photo by Barb Gordon)

Spillville Commission composers include: Jerry Owen, lead composer, Peter Bloesch, Jan Boland, Jonathan Chenette, Don Chamberlain, Michael Daugherty, Lyle Dockendorff, Michael Gilbertson, Luke Gullickson, Peter Hamlin, Dan Knight, Ivo Medek (The Czech Republic), Robert Lindsey Nassif, Tracey Rush, Pat Smith, Harvey Sollberger.

Audience Comments:

Starched Shirt Cuffs concerts October, 2005

“O m-gosh! Words fail me. You are all quite marvelous.”

“Great ideas brough a great gathering of music.”

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

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

The Program
Startched Shirt Cuffs

World Premiere
Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak (2004)*
group commission by Red Cedar Chamber Music
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
Part Two: Theme: Set by Jan Boland
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 Anton Dvorak (1841-1904)
Romance from Czech Suite
The Mother
Valz A-major Op. 54 No. 1
Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 46

Nocturne Op. 21 Wenceslaus Matiegka (1773-1830)
Lento e Patetico & Zingara

Trio Concertant over Czech Folk Songs (2002) Jerry M. Owen (b. 1944)

Gypsy Inspirations (2003) Jerry M. Owen (b. 1944)

Humoreske Anton Dvorak (arr. Jan Boland)

Bass-ed on Bach

Jan Dockendorff Boland,  John, Dowdall, Volkan Orhon March 5, 2005
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

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

Music for flute, doublebass & guitar 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 by composer-in-residence Jerry M. Owen. Also hear Bachís Sonata in e minor & more. (Photo by Barb Gordon)

Sponsors: This concert is sponsored by the D.C. Taylor Company. Additional support comes from the Margaret Haupt.

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.”

The Program
Bass-ed on Bach

Sonata in E Major BWV 1035 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Cello Suite in d minor BWV 1008 J.S. Bach

Poucha Dass Francois Rabbath (b. 1931)
double bass solos

Swing Fugue and Fantasy Variations
on a theme by Charles Mingus
(2004) Jerry M. Owen (b. 1944)

Swing Fugue and Fantasy Variations
on a theme by Charles Mingus
(2004) Jerry M. Owen (b. 1944)
World Premiere

Jungle Music (1993) Ted Stanley
for guitar, flute, and double bass

Prelude II & Summertime by George Gershwin arr. John Dowdall & Lyle Dockendorff
*Jerry Owen is Red Cedar Chamber Musicís Composer-in-Residence.

5 Turner Alley  American Gothic Jan Boland, John Dowdall

June 4, 2005

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
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 studioís renovation. This concert is preceded by a Grant Wood Carriage House Studio concert on Friday night, June 3. Read more about this project. (Photo by Forrest Tomes)

Sponsors: The concert is presented by the children of Joan Lipsky, in her honor. This concert also receives generous support from the Iowa Arts Council.

Audience Comments:
American Gothic

“Music-making of the highest artistic level. The sizeable audience at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art was spellbound by Red Cedar’s playing. 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.

The Program
5 Turner Alley

Crystal for flute, viola and guitar (2004) Michael Daugherty

American Gothic Sketch (2005) Michael Kimber

Ballads Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) arr. Jan Boland
Maggie by my Side
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Old Folks Quadrilles

American Gothic Suite Andrew Earle Simpson

World Premiere

Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak (2004)
Theme 1. Jonathan Chenette
2. Peter Hamlin
3. Luke Gullickson
4. Lyle Dockendorff
5. Harvey Sollberger
6. Tracey Rush
7. Peter Bloesch

Simple Gifts arr. Jan Boland

Andrew Simpson is Red Cedar Chamber Musicís Composer-in-Residence. American Gothic Suite was commissioned for the Red Cedar Trio by the children of Joan Lipsky, in her honor.

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