Schedule

  • Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m. – Video Concert with Miki-Sophia Cloud, violinist.
  • Friday, June 19, 7 p.m. – Video concert with Jorell Williams, baritone.
  • Saturday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. – Video concert “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.

Tricia Park & Meagan Brus, June 20, 2020

MusicIC’s Artistic Director, violinist Tricia Park, and Managing Director, vocalist Meagan Brus perform the beloved children’s book, “Ferdinand the Bull” (story by Munro Leaf and music by Alan Ridout.) and in partnership with the Iowa City Public Library children’s department. “Ferdinand the Bull” tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. Praised by Gandhi, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others, 30,000 copies of “Ferdinand” were published following the 1945 defeat of Germany during the Second World War and given out for free in order to encourage peace.


Jorell Williams, June 19, 2020

American baritone Jorell Williams makes his MusicIC debut tonight with a program of songs that celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. For African Americans, June 19th has long been a day of remembrance and affirmation. Now, more than 150 years later, there’s a nation-wide movement for observance.

Williams sings “All Good Things Will Be Added Unto You,” Arr. Shelton Becton; “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child,” Arr. Harry T. Burleigh; “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen,” Arr. Harry T. Burleigh; “Were you there,” Arr. Harry T. Burleigh; and “Oh, Freedom,” a traditional Spiritual Arr. Jorell Williams.

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Miki-Sophia Cloud, June 18, 2020

Violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud, a frequent performer at the MusicIC Festival as part of the Solera Quartet, performs solo from her home in Boston as the 2020 festival moves online. Miki performs Bach’s Largo from Sonata in C Major, “Song for My Tenant,” an original song she wrote upon becoming a mother, and her own arrangement of “This Little Light of Mine,” the beloved children’s song that was transformed by the civil rights’ movement into a song of resistance that speaks truth to power even today.

If you would like to make a donation, proceeds will be split evenly between the artist and the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and the local Black Women’s Maternal Health Collective (BWMHC). In recognition of Black Maternal Health Week, the University of Iowa and the BWMHC are hosting a Black Maternal Health Conference on August 17th to begin addressing this outsized disparity in Iowa. 

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2019 Performances

PROGRAM I: À LA RUSSE

Solera Quartet: Tricia Park, Miki-Sophia Cloud, Molly Carr, Andrew Janss

This performance explores Beethoven’s sublime op. 59 No. 1, in which he incorporates Russian folk tunes in honor of his patron, Count Razumovsky, and Shostakovich’s devastating Piano Trio No 2.

PROGRAM II: WITH OUR COMPLIMENTS

Solera Quartet: Tricia Park, Miki-Sophia Cloud, Molly Carr, Andrew Janss

Featuring the glorious Franck Violin Sonata and music by the dynamic contemporary composer, Missy Mazzoli.

PROGRAM III: EVERY MOMENT PRESENT

Solera Quartet: Tricia Park, Miki-Sophia Cloud, Molly Carr, Andrew Janss

Every Moment Present features a special live concert presentation of all of the music on our album by Caroline Shaw, Janácek, and Mendelssohn.

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