Music and Magic Lanterns
"I love listening to Red Cedar. The quality of the musicians is exceptional and the chamber experience is unique and riveting. I also value their work with a variety of audiences and their encouragement of contemporary composers." M.B.
"I was enamored. I never thought I’d ever enjoy music as much as I did tonight. The work by Stephen Cohn left me speechless.” E.D. (99-yr-old concertgoer)
"I am impressed by Red Cedar’s willingness to use their substantial talents and invest so much time and effort as they serve small audiences in humble venues. Their passion to share great music with all kinds of people is inspiring.” M.F.
"I arrive stressed and in a hurry. I leave feeling calm and refreshed. This music, these evenings, are good for my soul.”
"I saw how affecting the presentation was - people laughing, pondering silently, even shedding a few tears at the poignancy of the childhood pieces. A real treasure! Red Cedar continues to do itself and its audiences proud.” E.M.
"Lovely setting and acoustics. Brilliant playing. The musicians are world-class quality." A.B.
"Loved how the instruments spoke to each other. Pure enjoyment." D.M.
"They are a gem of chamber music excellence and passion who have carved out a unique and prominent artistic profile in Iowa." S.C. M.
."Wow!! It’s so moving!! I was literally moved to tears. I had no idea that it would be so powerful and moving in performance. The story took on a whole dimension with this reading and with the last verse which adds so much... and the Finale seems so much more meaningful with it...but mostly because of such passionate playing by the ensemble – really gorgeous, expressive playing, full of heart and energy! The music and poetry really feel organically connected. It was a thrill to hear my music so beautifully and passionately performed." Stephen Cohn, composer.
" I have never seen an audience so moved by a performance of my work which, I believe, was triggered by the brilliance of Red Cedars performance and the drama of the poem as well as the composition." Stephen Cohn, composer.