Iowa City Brewfest and “Music at the Museum”

This weekend, I enjoyed two completely different experiences: the Iowa City Brewfest and Music at the Museum. The latter is a really nice chamber music series at the UI Museum of Art organized and hosted by my colleague and friend, Shari Rhoads. Besides the comfortable and artistic setting, the focus of the series is to showcase UI student and faculty collaborating in a chamber music setting. Here is the program:

UIMA Music in the Museum Sunday, Sept. 23 2 PM

Sonata for 2 celli in G major by Jean Barrier
Tony Arnone and Amy Phelps, cello

The Blake Songs for soprano and oboe
Ralph Vaughn Williams, Text by William Blake
Infant joy
A poison tree
The piper
Cruelty has a human heart

Kelsey Williams, soprano & Stuart Breczinski, oboe

Dangerous Divertimento
Jeffrey Agrell, Horn &John Manning, Tuba

Three songs for soprano and tuba Rodger Vaughn
I. The Clan
II. Lament, For Cocoa
III. Recital

Poems by John Updike
Kelsey Williams, soprano & John Manning, Tuba

For information on future “Music at the Museum” performances, click here.

The Iowa City Brewfest, sponsored by John’s Grocery, is an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association. If you enjoy beer at all, it is worth considering attending this annual event. Held in the parking lot of the Old Chicago Pizzeria in Coralville, each attendee receives a commemorative glass and enough tickets to sample 8 brews. Additional tickets are sold for 50 cents. If you missed it this year, look for it again around the third weekend of September each year. Here is an article and video from the Iowa City Press Citizen about this year’s event.

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