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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 passionate listeners"
We believe that is true. The response from
composers, who actively participate in the premieres, 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.
Our format for premieres is unique: Red Cedar Chamber Music "test
drives" the new work --offering a peek behind the scenes into
musicians' preparation, composer's insights, and a "road map"
to guide first-time listener-- and then perform the work uninterrupted.
Our commissioned works are 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.
Jerry M. Owen, Composer in Residence 2002-2005
Andrew Earle Simpson, Composer-in-Residence 2005-2008
Harvey Sollberger, Composer-in-Residence 2008-2011
Michael Gilbertson, Composer-in-Residence 2011-2014
Gilbertson, Michael. ________________ (for flute, guitar and
cello). To be premiered April, 2014.
Gilbertson, Michael. Long Journey Home (for flute, guitar and
cello). Premiered October, 2012. See and hear video of the premiere.
Gilbertson, Michael. Circle the Wagons(for flute, guitar and
cello). Premiered October, 2011.
Sollberger, Harvey. Perhaps Gilead (for flute, guitar and string
quartet). Premiered May, 2011. Recorded to compact
disc recording titled Spillville and Gilead and released
by Fleur de Son Classics in October, 2012. Read
about the project.
Simpson, Andrew Earle. new variation for Spillville Variations on
a Theme by Dvorak (for flute, viola, and guitar). Premiered September,
Joshua. new variation for Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak
(for flute, viola, and guitar). Premiered September, 2009.
Iznaola, Ricardo. Danzas de la Abuela (for flute, cello, and
guitar). Premiered February 23, 2008.
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
Bloesch, Peter. Christmas Suite (for flute, viola and guitar).
Premiered in December, 2005.
Sollberger, Harvey. Spillville (for flute viola and guitar).
Premiered June 8, 2006. Read
about the project.
Group Commissioning Project. Spillville Variations on a Theme by
Dvorak (for flute viola and guitar). Premiered in October, 2004.
Lead composer: Jerry Owen. Fifteen composers each contributed a variation.
Commissioned for a cultural exchange with musicians from Prague. Read
about the project.
Owen, Jerry. Swing Fugue and Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Charles
Mingus (for flute, double bass and guitar). Premiered in March,
Simpson, Andrew American Gothic Suite (for flute, viola and
guitar). Premiered in June, 2005.
Commissioned to celebrate the restoration of the Grant Wood Studio in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa where Grant Wood painted American Gothic
in 1930. Recorded by Jan Boland, John Dowdall and David Miller on a compact
disc recording titled Fireflies released by Fleur de Son
Classics. Read about the
Owen, Jerry. Gypsy Variations (for flute viola and guitar).
Premiered in October, 2003.
Simpson, Andrew Tessera: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome (for flute,
viola and guitar). Premiered in April, 2004.
Owen, Jerry. Trio Concertant over Czech Folk Songs (for flute,
viola and guitar). Premiered in October, 2002.
Dick, Robert. The Pounce of Now (for flute and guitar). Premiered
in June, 2002.
Seven works were commissioned in 1999 to celebrate the new millennium.
Each was inspired by a work of visual art from the Cedar Rapids Museum
of Art. Premiered in February, 2000.
* David Leisner El Coco (The Bogeyman), 1999 fl/g
Inspired by Francisco Goya's Que viene el Coco (from Los Caprichos).
* Jerry Owen Hidden Tango , 1999 fl/g
Inspired by Mauricio Lasansky's Spring.
* Gary Schocker Caution to the Wind (get over it), 1999 fl/g
Inspired by Malvina Hoffman's Bacchanale Frieze.
* John Thow River Bend, 1999 alto fl/g
Inspired by Marvin Cone's River Bend.
* Robert Lindsey Nassif Dear Departed, 1999 fl/g
Inspired by Marvin Cone's Dear Departed.
* Jonathan Chenette Fast Track, 1999 fl/g
Inspired by Sam Gilliam's Fast Track.
* Katherine Hoover Caprice, 1999 fl/g
Inspired by James Michael Smith's Red Event.
The works are published by
Theodore Presser and recorded by Jan Boland and John Dowdall on a compact
disc recording titled The Red Cedar Collection released
by Fleur de Son Classics. Read
about the project and view the art.
1998 - 1999
Owen, Jerry M. Duo Concertant for flute, guitar, and small
orchestra. Premiered in Marshall, Texas, October 17, 1998.
Chamberlain, Don Janojam (for flute and guitar). Premiered
February 6, 1998.
David Meindl Dance for Czech Village
(for flute and guitar). Premiered November 9, 1997.
Owen, Jerry M. Mesquanowat (for flute and guitar)
Commissioned to celebrate Iowa's sesquicentennial.
Owen, Jerry M. Intimate Dances (for flute and guitar).
Bern, Julian Prelude, Capricio and Sarabande (for flute and
Rogers, Rodney They Dance by the Light of the Moon (for flute
Andrew Simpson (on American Gothic performance, 2005)
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…”
Andrew Simpson, Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2005
"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!"
Jerry M. Owen,
Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2002-2005
Michael Gilbertson: Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2011-2014.
Sollberger: Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2008-2011.
Earle Simpson, Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2005-2008
Owen , Red Cedar Chamber Music Composer-in-Residence 2002-2005.