2007-2008 Concert Series



John Dowdall Jan Boland Loretta O'Sullivan, David Miller
One European White Guy

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. Listen and help us decide if Kummer's music may be worth recording for our next CD project.

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).

Sponsor: D.C. Taylor Company. Artist sponsors: Honkamp Krueger & Co, Arts Midwest, and Thea Leslie, in memory of Roger Leslie.

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."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.

The Program:
One European White Guy


The music on tonight’s concert is by
Gaspard Kummer (1795-1870).

Serenade Op. 83 for flute, viola & guitar


Divertissement Op. 92 No. 2
for flute, violin and guitar

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Serenade Op. 81 for flute, viola, guitar (and cello)


Quintetto Op. 75 for flute, violin, viola, cello & guitar

 



Jan Boland, Bjorn Ranheim, John Dowdall
Latino Meets Iowa

February 23, 2008


Immaculate Conception Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

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


Energy and rhythm will 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 is concert sponsor and commissioned Izanola's Danzas de la Abuela. Artist Sponsors: Margaret Haupt and Victor & Jan Naxera.

Audience Comments: Latino Meets Iowa

“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.

The Program: Latino Meets Iowa


Latino Meets Iowa
Desde Santa Cruz – traditional Bolivian
flute, cello & guitar

Rio from Dream Travels (2002) – Gary Schocker

Duet in F Major for viola and cello – Allesandro Rolla (1759-1841)


* Danzas de la Abuela – Ricardo Iznaola (b. 1949)
for guitar, flute & cello

world premiere

** Musique de Salon – Ricardo Iznaola

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

Jan Boland, John Dowdall
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!

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: Concert sponsors are the Giacoletto Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hosted by the City of Marion.

Hallelujah, I'm a Bum

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 Song

Summertime: George Gershwin

Fireflies: Folk Set for flute and guitar by Andrew Earle Simpson

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