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Feb. 12, 2007

Red Cedar Chamber Music Performs Feb. 25 At Old Capitol Museum

On Feb. 25 Red Cedar Chamber Music and the Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa will present "More Ries's Pieces, Please," a concert of 19th century parlor music performed on original period instruments.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum and is free and open to the public.

This event will feature flutist Jan Boland, violinist Nancy Wilson, violist Michael Kimber, and cellist Loretta O'Sullivan, who will perform quartets by Ferdinand Ries, a gifted student of Beethoven's. The quartets are interspersed with rare guitar duos performed by John Dowdall and Bret Heim that have been hand selected from a private American collection.

Each musical arrangement will be performed on rare instruments that have been preserved since the early 1820s in order to recreate the sound of 19th century parlor music in its utmost integrity. It was during this time that Ries studied music under Beethoven and wrote the quartets that will be performed by Red Cedar Chamber Music.

According to Dowdall, it is unusual for the instruments to survive for as long as they have. "It is very rare to hear someone play an instrument that was built in the early 19th century in this day and age," he said. "A performance of this charming 19th century parlor music on these types of unusual instruments is something that would be unique to find in New York or even London."

This event will be a homecoming for Dowdall and Boland, both of whom received graduate degrees in music from the UI. Dowdall and Boland are also the founders of Red Cedar Chamber Music, which began in July 1997 with the mission of exploring music for the flute and guitar. The group strives to perform chamber music with virtuosity, energy, and artistic excellence, enriching broad and diverse local, domestic, and international audiences through concerts and educational activities; and to stimulate creative artistic collaborations to reach this goal.

The concert is sponsored by Bill and Karen Rubright and the Old Capitol Museum. O'Sullivan's appearance is sponsored by Margaret Haupt. Wilson's appearance is sponsored by Thea Leslie in memory of Roger Leslie.

For more information on the event, Elisa Ewing, education and outreach coordinator, Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-3591 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548; Writer: Sam Ites.