School of Liberal Arts to host Red Cedar Chamber Music 

Red Cedar Chamber

Guitarist John Dowdall, flutist Jan Boland, violinist Miera Kim and cellist Carey Bostian of Red Cedar Chamber Music will present “Mostly Folk Inspired” at the Fayette Opera House in Fayette on Saturday, Oct. 3. The program is sponsored by the Upper Iowa University School of Liberal Arts. 

FAYETTE, Iowa (Friday, Sept. 18) – Sponsored by Upper Iowa University’s School of Liberal Arts, Red Cedar Chamber Music presents “Mostly Folk Inspired,” featuring Jan Boland (flute), John Dowdall (guitar), Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello) in the Fayette Opera House, located at the corner of Main & Clark streets in Fayette, on Saturday, Oct. 3. The program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Folk music touches us all and reminds us of our roots as a nation. Composers understand this — and when they draw from this rich tradition, wonderful ‘serious’ music happens! “Mostly Folk Inspired” includes works by Geminiani, Beaser, Mendelssohn and Kolosko that revel in the dynamic rhythms and poignant melodies of Klezmer, Hungarian, Celtic and Appalachian music.

The musicians pepper the performance with lively commentary and musical examples designed to entertain and educate audience members about these special pieces.

This free performance is made possible largely through the John and Honorine Falb Endowed Scholarship. The project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is Red Cedar Chamber Music's 20th Anniversary Season and flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall’s final season as founders and directors of this exemplary organization. Jan and John — Red Cedar’s Core Ensemble — are making music all season long with the College Street Duo, violinist Miera Kim and cellist Carey Bostian, who will take over as the core ensemble and directors of Red Cedar Chamber Music in July 2016 after the end of this season.   

Flutist Jan Boland, Executive Director of Red Cedar Chamber Music, holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Iowa and her Method for the One-Keyed Flute, published by University of California Press is the standard text for baroque flute instruction.

Guitarist John Dowdall, Artistic Director of Red Cedar Chamber Music, studied guitar performance at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and holds a Master’s degree in musicology from the University of Iowa. Boland and Dowdall are co-founders of Red Cedar Chamber Music and each has received a Solo Artist Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts.

Violinist Miera Kim is an avid performer and educator with extensive orchestral and chamber music experience. She has performed educational chamber music concerts with Red Cedar Chamber Music, Orchestra Iowa, Quad-Cities Symphony String Quartet, and the Maia Quartet. She studied with Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute and Allen Ohmes at the University of Iowa 

Cellist Carey Bostian is a multifaceted musician with an active performing career who has performed with Red Cedar Chamber Music for 10 years and presented thousands of educational concerts for students of all ages. He is also the conductor and artistic director of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra and former principal cellist of Orchestra Iowa. He has a DMA in cello performance from the University of Iowa and an MFA in orchestral conducting.

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