|This fourth 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 is inspired by a violin sonata. Music can even add levels of fun to beloved children’s stories.
The great Spanish poet Frederico Garcia Lorca wrote a poetic elegy to a great bullfighter who was also his dear friend. “Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Majias” sets the background to three musical elegies for violin and piano by Poulenc, Copland and Leon Kirchner to be played June 18. On June 19 MusicIC celebrates the music of American Samuel Barber who wrote dozens of songs setting poetry to music. The concert also includes Barber’s great string quartet that includes his beloved Adagio for Strings.
On June 20 MusicIC mounts its most ambitious production that explores the relationship between Beethoven’s violin sonata called “The Kreutzer Sonata” which inspired Tolstoy to write his novella of the same name. The Czech composer Leos Janacek was then inspired by Tolstoy’s passionate story to write his own string quartet also called “The Kreutzer Sonata.” Playwright Jennifer Fawcett and director Sean Christopher Lewis have created a theatrical evening that includes musicians and actors to explore this circle of inspiration.
Finally on June 21 MusicIC presents a very special concert for families that brings together beloved classics – “Strega Nona” and “Madeline” – with delightful music for soprano and piano.
The musicians come from around the country. Some have participated in previous festivals and are excited to return to Iowa City. Then there are a couple of very special ones, Meagan Brus and Yi-heng Yang. Meagan grew up here and received her formative music education at City High. Yi-heng, daughter of a Computer Science professor, was born in Mercy Hospital on a snowy Christmas night but she grew up in New Jersey. MusicIC is an opportunity to celebrate these two hometown successes.
For full information on all the musicians and the full schedule check out MusicIC, a part of Summer of the Arts.