MusicIC Festival cancels June 2020 in-person programming

Summer video performances; fall collaboration with Iowa City Book Festival planned

What was planned to be the 10th annual MusicIC Festival has been canceled. Programming planned for June 18-20, 2020, will be pushed to summer 2021. The festival, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, will offer alternate programming. In place of the in-person performances this year, the festival will offer video performances from musicians to be highlighted in the 2021 season.

Details about these video performances will be forthcoming. City of Literature Executive Director John Kenyon said these performances are designed to give the festival’s fans something to enjoy in lieu of this season’s live performances.

      • Thursday, June 18 – Video Concert with Miki-Sophia Cloud, violinist.
      • Friday, June 19 – Video concert with Jorell Williams, baritone.
      • Saturday, June 20 – “Ferdinand the Bull” story by Munro Leaf and music by Alan Ridout. Performances by Tricia Park, violinist (artistic director of MusicIC) and vocalist Meagan Brus (managing director of MusicIC). In partnership with the Iowa City Public Library children’s department.

In addition to this programming, MusicIC and the Iowa City Book Festival plan to partner with Riverside Theatre for October performances to celebrate Beethoven’s 400th birthday. The organizations will collaborate on a production of “The Kreuzer Sonata: A Play in Five Tiny Movements” by Jennifer Fawcett. The play is based on the novella “The Kreutzer Sonata” by Leo Tolstoy. Music performed is Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 (Kreutzer), and Leos Janáček’s Quartet No. 1 (Kreutzer Sonata). Details about this production will be shared this summer with the Book Festival lineup.

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