Commissioning and premiering new music is at the heart of Red Cedar Chamber Music's programming. The American Composer's Forum writes, "New music thrives when it takes root in an audience of listeners" We believe that is true. In its first 20 years (1997-2016), Red Cedar Chamber Music commissioned/premiered nearly 50 new works. The response from composers tells us that they value Red Cedar's multiple performances of a new work (no fewer than 15), and the musicians' interactive approach with audiences. In the first two decades of Red Cedar's history, the core ensemble was flute and guitar __ and during those first 20 years, the commissioned works were scored for flute and guitar, and most often with a third instrument (most commonly, cello or viola) or sometimes with additional strings. Audience response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Wharton, Philip. The Tiger and the Tub (for flute, violin and cello). Premiere in April, 2016. See and hear video of the premiere on YouTube.
Kimber, Michael. There's Another Picture in My Mama's Frame (for alto flute, guitar and cello). Premiere in April, 2016. See and hear video of the premiere on YouTube.
Kimber, Michael. Could You Love a Little Girl Like Me? (for flute, violin, cello and guitar). Premiere April, 2016. See and hear video of the premiere on YouTube.
Bozenhard, David. WhirlPoolside (for flute, cello, classical guitar and electric guitar). Premiered October 4, 2014. See and hear video of the premiere on YouTube.
Owen, Jerry. Red Cedar Tango (for flute, guitar, violin, and cello). Transcription of Owen's String Quartet #3 Tango, 1994.
Reznicow, Joshua. new variation for Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak (for flute, viola, and guitar). Premiered September, 2009.
Simpson, Andrew Earle. Fireflies: A Folk Set for Flute & Guitar. Premiered June, 2008. Recorded by Jan Boland and John Dowdall on a compact disc recording titled Firefles released by Fleur de Son Classics.
Jerry Owen, lead composer
Dockendorff, Lyle. Captain Bartlett Blues (for flute and guitar). Premiered in June, 2002.
1998 - 1999
Dockendorff, Lyle. Red Cedar Swing. (May, 1999)
David Meindl Dance for Czech Village
(for flute and guitar). Premiered November 9, 1997.
On hearing Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight: "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 a whole dimension with this reading [of the poetry] ...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." Stephen Cohn, 2016
American Gothic Suite was a really remarkable idea, and the entire project
came off brilliantly! I am certainly proud to be associated with Red
Cedar. Thank you and BRAVO for an outstanding and brilliant weekend
of performances! It is always a thrill to hear one's work performed,
but it is especially wonderful to know that it is in exceptionally caring
and competent hands. Wow…”
"Red Cedar's Long Journey Home' concert is beautifully
performed. I could not help but feel a burst of pride when I read down
the program listing of this exciting concert. All of it, except for
the Dvorak, is a result of the composer-in-residence idea that we hatched
a decade ago or more. And it's all American, except again for the Dvorak.
We should be immensely proud of the Iowa connections, or better, the
Iowa sources displayed in this program. Congratulations on a superb
program. I find it amazing that you continue to generate an eager following
among your fans!"
2015: "Thank you for all of the wonderful collaborative
opportunities you've allowed me to be a part of over the years! You guys
are The Best and Iowa's Crowning Musical Jewel. As a composer I've never had as rich and extensive a portrait concert as the one coming-up (National Flute Association Convention, 2015), and having Michael Zahs and you there to present
the films and the music will put the maraschino cherry, so to speak, right
on top of the sundae." Harvey Sollberger, Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2008-2011
Michael Gilbertson: Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2011-2014.
Harvey Sollberger: Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2008-2011.
Andrew Earle Simpson, Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2005-2008
Jerry Owen, Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2002-2005.
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