2013-2014 Concert Series

Miera Kim Carey Bostian Lisa Ponton Beth Hoffman John Dowdall Jan Boland Castelnuovo-Tedesco Kaspar Kummer
Woody Woodpecker

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. (Photo by Len Struttmann)

Artist sponsorship is provided by Don and Irene (Naxera) Hamous.

Audience Comments

"The Kummer quintet was so lush. It sounded like a full orchestra." J.C. "The Tedesco was unique; poignant and exquisite. Thank you very much." M.S.

"So much music from five people, and great music. Masers at their art." R.A.

"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.”  T.L.

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

The Program
Woody Woodpecker

Quintette for flute, violin, 2 violas and cello Op. 66
by Gaspard Kummer

1. Allegro non tanto
2. Adagio
3. Menuetto
4. Allegretto con moto

Guitar Quintette for guitar, 2 violins, viola and cello Op. 143 by Mauro Castelnuovo-Tedesco

He's Gone AwayMichael Zahs Jan Boland John Dowdall Susie Streit Jonathan Dyrland

February 22, 2014

At Historic Brucemore
Cedar Rapids, IA

Jan Boland (wooden flute)
John Dowdall (gut-strung guitar)
Michael Zahs (historian, narrator)
Susie Streit (actor)
Jonathan Dyrland (tenor )

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. 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 Jean Sullivan)

Audience Comments

"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.

“Enjoyed the intimate, friendly atmosphere in an environment with absolute wonderful acoustics.” L.G. “Really enjoyed the music and the historical context.” M.P.

“The Civil War concert He’s Gone Away was marvelous. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.” S.Z.

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

“An inspiring, enjoyable program, beautifully presented” E.B.

The Program
He's Gone Away

A concert of instrumental and vocal music interspersed with readings from unpublished civil war letters by narrator Michael Zahs and actor Susie Striet.

He's Gone Away from Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser

Music by Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)
Beautiful Dreamer
Was My Brother in the Battle
That's What's the Matter
Ah, May the Red Rose

Auld Lang Syne (arr for flute guitar by Boland/Dowdall) by Charles Nicholson.

Jan Boland, Michael Gilbertson, John Dowdall, Carey Bostian


June 1, 2014
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. (Photo by Len Struttmann)

Sponsors: 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.

Audience Comments

"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.

"Wow! We are very impressed by the quality of the musicianship." E.M.

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

The Program

Circle the Wagons by Michael Gilbertson

Hungarian Trio by Nathan Kolosko

Three Rivers for flute, cello and guitar by Michael Gilbertson
(world premiere)

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