Red Cedar Chamber Music Presents Music & Magic Lanterns


Meeting Room A

Red Cedar - April

We are excited to welcome back Red Cedar Chamber Music for a lunch hour concert to remember! Take your lunch break and enjoy Music & Magic Lanterns! 

Chamber music by flutist Jan Boland, violinist Miera Kim, guitarist John Dowdall, and  cellist Carey Bostian brings to life a rare collection of nineteenth-century Magic Lantern Slides. These precursors of silent film can give the illusion of movement while entertaining and educating. Our slides, from the Brinton Collection of Iowa historian Michael Zahs, are set to chamber music and tell stories ¬– some fanciful (The Tiger and the Tub), some dramatic (Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight) and some with heart-on-sleeve sentimentality (There’s Another Picture in my Mamma’s Frame). 

New music by composers from coast to coast (Stephen Cohn, Philip Wharton and Iowa’s own Michael Kimber) was written especially for this project. This prequel to last season’s fascinating silent film project features images not viewed in over 100-years. 

Historian Michael Zahs helps to tell the story and John Hegarty joins the musicians to narrate the texts, which accompany the slides and music.

Red Cedar Chamber Music's partners in the project include the Ainsworth Opera House and Special Collections at the University of Iowa. 

Commissions by Michael Kimber, Philip Wharton & Stephen Cohn are sponsored by The Augustine Foundation.

Sponsored by The City of Marion and the Giacoletto Foundation. Supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from Hills Bank and Trust.