MusicIC was inaugurated in 2010 by Artistic Director Tricia Park and Managing Director Judith Hurtig. In Park’s words, she and Hurtig created the festival “out of our deep love for Iowa City and the community, and we wanted to be sure that the festival reflects what the community is about and also that it be rooted in this place. Not to offer just another generic music festival, but a festival that the community could connect to and be invested in as well. The City of Literature designation was a strong inspiration for the genesis of MusicIC and our fruitful relationship with Amy Margolis and Summer Writing Festival has strengthened these musical and literary ties.” A secondary mission has been to bring “Iowa grown” musicians and artists back to Iowa City; young performers who have the potential for or are embarked upon major careers in music.
Note from the Artistic Director:
As MusicIC’s Founding Artistic Director, I am so happy to welcome you to MusicIC 2019, our ninth summer of bringing the best chamber music and artists to the Iowa City community!
The 2018-2019 season was a banner year for the Solera Quartet, marked by our sold-out Carnegie Hall debut and the triumphant release of our debut album, Every Moment Present. We were astonished by The New York Times’ rave review which called our album “sensitive and finely articulated throughout and the sound bright and vivid…intoxicating,” and we’ve been delighted and humbled by the response the album has received. For the past few summers, MusicIC and Iowa City have been hugely important to the Soleras’ development, acting as an “incubator” space for us to advance our musical growth, learn and perform new repertoire, and hone our artistic vision. This summer’s programming is a love letter to you, our MusicIC audiences, who have embraced the Solera Quartet. Without your support, none of our recent successes would have been possible.
And so, MusicIC 2019 will offer a series of “greatest hits” concerts, beginning with Wednesday’s concert, “À la Russe”, which 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. We continue with Thursday’s concert, “With Our Compliments,” featuring the glorious Franck Violin Sonata and music by the dynamic contemporary composer, Missy Mazzoli. We end with “Every Moment Present” on Friday evening, a special live concert presentation of all of the music on our album by Caroline Shaw, Janáček, and Mendelssohn. And we love playing our Family Concert on Saturday morning at the Iowa City Public Library, which always is so much fun as we connect with some of our youngest and most enthusiastic fans. We’re also thrilled to present the exciting pianist, Dominic Cheli, who will join our roster on the Shostakovich and Franck.
As always, special thanks goes to John Kenyon and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature team for their support of MusicIC; Chris Brus for her substantial assistance with marketing and logistics; to Andrew Hicks, Minister of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church, for his generous hospitality of the festival; and to Kevin and Pat Hanick and Doug and June True for hosting our guest musicians.
These past nine years have been an honor and a privilege, and I can hardly believe how lucky I am to continue to present these concerts to this community that I adore. I am so grateful to be a part of the summer fabric of Iowa City and look forward to many more seasons to come. Thank you for taking this journey with us!