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Red Cedar Chamber Music: Hussite Fantasy

February 26, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$10 – $18
Carey Bostian (cello) and Miera Kim (violin) are joined by Iowa City violinist Karin Addis (not pictured) and composer and violinist Philip Wharton for this concert. Photo by Amy Hunzelman.

How do you turn a battle hymn into a concert piece for string quartet? Composer Philip Wharton knew just what to do when the Vavra family commissioned him in 2008 to write a piece in honor of the 150th anniversary of the (historically Czech) First Presbyterian Church near Ely, Iowa. Wharton’s composition, Hussite Fantasy, springboards off a 15th-century Czech battle hymn, turning it into a fantasy, a waltz and a furiant.

This program honors Red Cedar’s long relationship with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library with works celebrating Czech music and culture. Additional repertoire will be Dvořák’s Quartet no.5 in F minor and Quartet Concertante Over Czech Folk Songs by Jerry Owen.

Join Red Cedar Chamber Music at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library on Sunday, February 26 at 3:00pm for an afternoon of Czech music! Doors to the concert space open at 2:30pm.

Visit RedCedar.org for additional performances and more information about the musicians.

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Tickets are $15 in advance ($18 at the door). Tickets for age 30 and under are $10.

Support provided by the Program Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation; the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to Artist Sponsors Vic & Jan (Hamous) Naxera and Don & Irene Hamous, and to contributing sponsors Duane & Kay Nesetril. 


February 26, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$10 – $18
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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library


National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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