MusicIC Festival to celebrate ‘greatest hits’ during June 26-29

The MusicIC festival returns for a ninth season from June 26-29, 2019. Over the course of four programs, MusicIC will feature some favorites from past festivals, celebrating classics of chamber music as well as contemporary sounds. The Festival is presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization.

The festival is curated by MusicIC Artistic Director Tricia Park, violinist with the Solera Quartet. The quartet’s members have been the primary performers at the festival for the past several years. The group released its debut CD, Every Moment Present, since the last MusicIC festival, and will mark that release with a special performance of its selections during the festival.

“For the past few summers, MusicIC and Iowa City have been hugely important to the Soleras’ development, acting as an “’incubator’ space for us to advance our musical growth, learn and perform new repertoire, and hone our artistic vision,” Park said.

Over the nine years of the festival, MusicIC has featured work by an array of the best known composers in the classical canon, and this year’s program revisits many of those works. All three evening concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City. The quartet – Park and Miki-Sophia Cloud on violin, Molly Carr on viola, and Andrew Janss on cello – will be joined by pianist Dominic Cheli on select compositions.

The first, Wednesday, June 26, “À la Russe,” explores Beethoven’s Op. 59 No. 1, in which he incorporates Russian folk tunes in honor of his patron, Count Razumovsky, as well as Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No 2. The second, Thursday, June 27, is “With Our Compliments,” featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2, the Franck Violin Sonata and music by contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli. Pianist Cheli will join the quartet on the pieces by Shostakovich and Franck. The third, Friday, June 28, is “Every Moment Present,” a special live concert presentation of all of the music on the Solera Quartet’s new album. This includes work by Caroline Shaw, Janáček, and Mendelssohn.

The festival closes on Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m. with a free family concert at the Iowa City Public Library in the Story Time Room in the Children’s Area. The Solera Quartet will play music from the festival program interspersed with student writers from the Iowa Youth Writing Project, who will read work inspired by the music and the festival’s themes.

Festival sponsors are the University of Iowa, Iowa Public Radio, Dunn Investments, and Toyota of Iowa City.

For the full schedule and more information about the pieces to be performed, please visit www.MusicIC.org

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