2005-2006 Concert Series

There's Always Room for Cello!

Parry, Jan & John

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.

Sponsors: The concert is sponsored by GreatAmerica Leasing. Artist sponsor: Margaret Haupt.

Audience Comments

“Perfect pacing. Fantastic artistry with bits of comedy. So good to have this quality of music here in the Midwest.”

“Wow! Very exhilarating concert! Loved it.”

“There was so much energy among the performers. One could really tell they shared a special bond.”

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

“A delightful evening. Marvelous music. An inspirational performance; a privilege to be present.”

The Program
There's Always Room for Cello

Trio d minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Molto Allegro agitato

Practical Cats by Humphrey Searle
Macavity: The Mystery Cat

Garden Music for flute, cello, guitar by Gary Schocker

Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu

George J. Naxera presents:
Jan John Michael

Winter Impressions

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. Plus White Christmas and other standards. (Photo by Barb Gordon)

Audience Comments

“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.

The Program
Winter Impressions

Christmas Suite (flute, viola, & guitar) Peter Bloesch (b. 1963)
In the Bleak Mdwinter
I Saw Three Ships
Away in a Manger
Ding Dong! Merrily on High

world premiere

Winter-Night Canticles Andrew Earle Simpson
(flute & guitar)

Winter Impressions Sergio Assad (b. 1952)
(flute, viola, & guitar)

I Wonder as I Wander / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
Tydli-dum Czech Folk Song
Silent Night


 Jerry, David, Jan & John January 21, 2006

Coe College / Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium
Cedar Rapids

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 Inspirations, Trio 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). (Photo by Barb Gordon)

Sponsors: The concert is sponsored by Coe College and Bill & Teddy Shuttleworth.

Audience Comments

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

“Super group of musicians. Iowa is so much richer for Red Cedar’s contributions to musical life here.” M.K.

“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 Red Cedar Chamber Music stands for 'magic'. Thank you all for the experience of last night.” K.H.

“The concert Saturday was superb.” D.A.R.

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

The Program
Tribute !

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

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)

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.

Strictly Iowa

 American Gothic Jan & John 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 premieres Harvey Sollberger's Spillville. Hear a recording of Sollberger's Trio. (Photo by Barb Gordon)

Sponsors: The concert is sponsored by D.C. Taylor Company. This concert also received generous support from the Iowa Arts Council.

Audience Comments

“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 by Andrew Earle Simpson

Tesserae: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome (2004) by Andrew Earle Simpson

Spillville (2006) by Harvey Sollberger

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