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Rural Outreach Concerts

Rural Outreach Concerts is an initiative whereby each of the concert projects developed annually for Red Cedar Chamber Music's MainStage Concerts is taken on the road to small rural towns in Eastern Iowa. The goal is to bring high-quality chamber music to rural audiences in a non-threatening way in the comfort of their own environment.

By collaborating with these rural communities, Red Cedar is able to develop a broad audience for chamber music, serve the cultural needs of the under-served rural population in Iowa and offer expanded performance opportunities which stimulates Red Cedar's artistic growth.

Rural Outreach Concerts was initiated in FY99 with a concert at Sts. Peter & Paul Community Center -- a former Catholic Church in Solon, Iowa with strong ties to the local Czech community. It is located on a gravel road in the country near Solon, and has become an activity center that draws audience from many surrounding rural communities. Since 1999 rural performances has expanded to rural libraries, early 20th-century opera houses, restored historical churches, and more. One example is the St. Wenceslaus Church in Spillville, Iowa, where Antonin Dvorak played the organ when he resided in this rural Czech community with his family in the summer of 1893.

Red Cedar Chamber Music serves over a dozen rural sites. Each considers a concert by Red Cedar to be an important part of its annual programming.

Rural Outreach Concerts has a strong and long-time collaboration with the Ainsworth Opera House. Mike Zahs, the Programming Director, volunteered to collaborate with Red Cedar in identifying and subsequently bringing Red Cedar performances to other small Eastern Iowa Communities. Mr. Zahs is about bringing culture to rural communities. He writes:

"We had over 100 people attend the Red Cedar Chamber Music concert (near our capacity), and they enjoyed the experience greatly. Our community, as well as most other small Iowa communities, has a great and appreciative audience. Most of the opera house audience would not feel comfortable attending a chamber music concert in Iowa City. At the opera house, they can sit with people they know and be more at ease being in the audience."

The program is funded by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Augustine Foundation, Chamber Music America, and by corporations and individuals.

Rural Outreach Schedule for 2015 - 2016 Season

DATE/TIME PLACE PROGRAM

Sept 26, 2015
Saturday

11 a.m.

Lisbon, IA

Lisbon Public Library, Lisbon, IA

Rural Outreach Concerts. Mostly Folk Inspired.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello).

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from Mount Vernon Bank and Trust, the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust and the Linn County Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Sept 26, 2015
Saturday

12 noon

Hiawatha, IA

Hiawatha Public Library, Hiawatha, IA

Rural Outreach Concerts. Mostly Folk Inspired.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello).

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Sept 30, 2015
Wednesday

7 p.m.

Marengo, IA

Iowa Valley High School Auditorium, Marengo, IA


Rural Outreach Concerts. Mostly Folk Inspired.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello).

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

October 2, 2015
Friday

7 p.m.



Fairfax, IA
Fairfax Public Library

313 Vanderbilt St., Fairfax, IA

Free

Rural Outreach Concerts. Mostly Folk Inspired.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello)

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Linn County Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

October 3, 2015
Saturday


1 p.m.

Springville, IA
Springville Library

265 Broadway, Springville, IA

Free

Rural Outreach Concerts. Mostly Folk Inspired.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello).

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

October 3, 2015

Saturday


7 p.m
.

Fayette, Iowa
Fayette Opera House


Free.

Rural Outreach Concert. Mostly Folk Inspired.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello)

Sponsored by Upper Iowa University. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

March 18, 2016

Friday

7 p.m.

Ainsworth, IA
Ainsworth Opera House

$___ ticket price to be announced.

For tickets, call 319/653-6250

Rural Outreach Concert. Music and Magic

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello)

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Washington County Riverboat Foundation, the Augustine Foundation and Hills Bank and Trust.

March 24, 2016

Thursday

7 p.m.

Williamsburg, IA
Williamsburg Public Library

300 West State Street
Williamsburg, IA

Free

Rural Outreach Concert. Music and Magic

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello)

Sponsored by the AEGON Transamerica Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the William P. Whipple Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

April 22, 2016
Friday

7 p.m.



Central City, IA
J.C. Clegg Public Library

137 4th St. N., Central City, IA

 

 



Rural Outreach Concert. Music and Magic

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello)

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Augustine Foundation and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

April 27, 2016
Wednesday


7 p.m.

Monticello, IA
United Church of Monticello

123 North Chestnut St., Monticello, IA

Ticket price: $10 with refreshments included. Call 319/465-3473.

Rural Outreach Concert. Music and Magic Lanterns.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin), Carey Bostian (cello) and Michael Zahs (historian). With John Hegarty protraying Frank Brinton.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

April 28, 2016
Thursday

7 p.m.

Vinton, IA

Vinton Palace Theatre
210 W 4th St.
Vinton, IA


Tickets: $10.
At the door, or call (319) 472-9958

Rural Outreach Concert. Music and Magic Lanterns.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin), Carey Bostian (cello) and Michael Zahs (historian). With John Hegarty protraying Frank Brinton.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

April 29, 2016 Friday


7 p.m.

Solon, IA
Sts Peter and Paul Community Center

1165 Taft Ave,
Solon, IA

Call 319/644-2394 for ticket information.

Rural Outreach Concert. Music and Magic Lanterns.

Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin), Carey Bostian (cello) and Michael Zahs (historian). With John Hegarty protraying Frank Brinton.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Rural Outreach Sites

 

Sts. Peter & Paul is a picturesque former country church, now a community center north of Solon, Iowa (population 2,000). A strong community of (mostly) rural Iowans who claim a strong Czech heritage work hard to keep this center beautiful. This was Red Cedar's very first Rural Outreach site, and our wonderful experience here encouraged us to launch our (now highly successful) Rural Outreach program.


The Fayette Opera House located in Fayette Iowa (population 1,300)
was lovingly restored by dedicated volunteers. Lovely acoustics.

 

The Fairfax Public Library transports its community room into an evening "soiree" with intimate tables laden with homemade cookies and lemonade for Red Cedar's concerts. Because the train runs just a half block away, the sound of whistles and the rhythm of the rails occasionally accompany us! Fairfax, Iowa's population is 2,100.


The First Presbyterian Church in Marengo, Iowa (population 2,500) collaborates with the Marengo Public Library in presenting Red Cedar Concerts. These collaborations are a good thing -- they build audience. The volunteers bake the best reception cookies in Southeast Iowa!


The new Williamsburg Public Library in Williamsburg, Iowa (population 3,000) provides an unexpectedly lovely acoustical space among the stacks for a chamber music concert!

The The Ainsworth Opera House (Ainsworth, Iowa: population 569) is a special place. Red Cedar has performed there annually for more than 15 years. People in surrounding counties watch the Ainsworth schedule carefully and drive for miles to the many varied events here.

The Coggon Opera House.



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