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MusicIC: Where Music and Literature Meet
posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013  Post Comment

This third season of MusicIC continues to explore the fascinating connections between chamber music, literature and poetry. The influences flow back and forth. Great composers set poems to music. A great novelist writes a new script inspired by music. Music can even add levels of fun to beloved children’s stories.

MusicIC is committed to supporting the connections between music and literature. The 2013 festival will include the world premiere of a work for soprano and string quartet by David Gompper, the director of the UI Center for New Music, who has set newly written poetry by Marvin Bell, emeritus professor of the UI Writers Workshop. Variations on a Sonic Imagination is MusicIC’s first commission.

Some of the festival musicians are local; others come from around the country. Most of them have participated in previous festivals and are excited to return to Iowa City. Then there are some very special ones – Conor Hanick, Emmet Hanick and Meagan Brus – who grew up in Iowa City and received their formative music training here. They have now gone on to promising careers elsewhere. MusicIC is an opportunity to hear them again and to celebrate their successes.

This festival includes a staged performance of Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale". Performed by seven musicians and four actors, this version of Stravinsky's well known work dispenses with the original script in favor of a new one by famed novelist Kurt Vonnegut which recounts the story of Pvt. Eddie Slovik, the only soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

Finally MusicIC presents a very special concert for families which brings together beloved classics -- "Good Night Moon," "Ferdinand the Bull" and "Pecos Bill" -- with delightful music performed on the piano and violin.

For full information on all the musicians and the full schedule check out

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