2008-2009 Concert Series


Loretta O'Sulllivan, John Dowdall, David Miller, Jan Boland
Klezmer to Classical

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: The concert is generously sponsored by Ann Lipsky, Harold and Robert Becker, and the Thaler Holocaust Fund. Artist sponsor: Victor and Janice Naxera. (Photo by Barb Gordon)

The Program
Klezmer to Classical

Three Venetian Boat Songs from Felix Mendelssohn's
Songs without Words (1809-1847)
for flute, viola, guitar & cello arr. Jan Boland

Klezmer Music
Der Kholem Fun Yid / Khusidl / Nign
Tish Nign / Rusishe Sher

Trio for flute viola and guitar (1935) Nico Richter (1915-1945)

Eclogue Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
for flute, viola,and guitar (1895-1968)

Trio for violin, viola and cello Gideon Klein (1919-1945)

Summertime George Gershwin (1898-1937
for flute, cello and guitar arr. John Dowdall & Lyle Dockendorff

Andante from Quintet Op. 143 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
for guitar, violin, flute, viola and cello (1895-1968)



Loretta O'Sullivan, Jan Boland, John Dowdall
Home Sweet Home

February 27 & 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.

Sponsor: The concert is sponsosred by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. (Photo by Barb Gordon)

The Program
Home Sweet Home

Kiss Waltz from The Evening Hour – Septimus Winner (1827-1902)

Old Folks at Home– Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)
Old Folks Quadrilles
Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
Maggie by my Side
Little Ella

Sonata in e minor, K 304 – W.A. Mozart arr. guitar, flute and cello by Pierre Porro (1756-1791)


Theme & Variations on Home Sweet Home – Gaspard Kummer
arr. flute, guitar & cello by Boland & Dowdall (1795-1870)

Rondeau Op. 48, No. 6 (guitar solo) – Fernando Sor (1778-1839)

Maniac Waltz –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)

Avalon Quartet

Vienna by Starlight

June 6, 2009

at 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: This concert is sponsored by the Giacoletto Foundaiton. Artist sponsorship comes from Margaret Haupt and George J. Naxera Jr.

The Program
Vienna by Starlight

Quartet in C major KV Anh. 171 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 – Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827)


Italian Serenade in G Major – Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
for String Quartet

Quintet No. 4, G448 –Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
for guitar and string quartet

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