MusicIC Festival
Jun
20
to Jun 23

MusicIC Festival

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.

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Avaloch Farm Residency
Jul
14
to Jul 21

Avaloch Farm Residency

Avaloch Farm Music Institute provides a unique opportunity for chamber music and jazz ensembles at any stage of development, to have the time and space to work intensively on repertoire, prepare for recordings, concerts or competitions, work with composers on commissions, and forge or reconnect to a group musical identity.

It was the combined vision of a dedicated philanthropist and a committed musician that provided the inspiration for Avaloch Farm. Dr. Alfred Tauber was seeking a way to bring something of lasting cultural value to the Boscawen, New Hampshire area. Cellist and music educator Deborah Sherr had long envisioned creating a professional musician’s retreat which would provide the resources and opportunities enjoyed by artists in other disciplines, but which were unavailable to performing musicians. Together they have designed an extraordinary concept, one that is the first of its kind in this country.

Avaloch Farm joins the rich tradition of American institutions created to support the vision of our artists.

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Avaloch Farm Residency
Oct
13
to Oct 20

Avaloch Farm Residency

Avaloch Farm Music Institute provides a unique opportunity for chamber music and jazz ensembles at any stage of development, to have the time and space to work intensively on repertoire, prepare for recordings, concerts or competitions, work with composers on commissions, and forge or reconnect to a group musical identity.

It was the combined vision of a dedicated philanthropist and a committed musician that provided the inspiration for Avaloch Farm. Dr. Alfred Tauber was seeking a way to bring something of lasting cultural value to the Boscawen, New Hampshire area. Cellist and music educator Deborah Sherr had long envisioned creating a professional musician’s retreat which would provide the resources and opportunities enjoyed by artists in other disciplines, but which were unavailable to performing musicians. Together they have designed an extraordinary concept, one that is the first of its kind in this country.

Avaloch Farm joins the rich tradition of American institutions created to support the vision of our artists.

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European Tour with Pianist Josu De Solaun
Nov
4
to Nov 18

European Tour with Pianist Josu De Solaun

George Enescu, Quintet in D Major, Op. Posth. 
Solera Quartet and Josu de Solaun

Gabriel Faure, Nocturnos (piano)
Josu de Solaun

  • Nocturne No 1 in E♭ minor, Op 33/1 (c.1875)
  • Nocturne No 2 in B major, Op 33/2 (c.1880)
  • Nocturne No 3 in A♭ major, Op 33/3 (c.1882)
  • Nocturne No 4 in E♭ major, Op 36 (c.1884) 

Intermission

George Enescu, Quartet in G Major, Op. 22 Nr. 2
Solera Quartet

  • Allegretto moderato
  • Andante pensieroso ed espressivo
  • Con moto moderato – Allegro agitato
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Pro Musicis Gala Award Dinner
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Pro Musicis Gala Award Dinner

The Solera Quartet is honored to be accepting the Pro Musicis International Award, as well as the Father Merlet Community Service Award at the Pro Musicis Gala Award Dinner at the Consulate General of France.

They will perform a short program before the awards dinner, including:

Beethoven “Serioso,” I. Allegro con brio
Haydn "Sunrise,” III. Menuetto. Allegro
Beethoven op 59, no 2, IV. Finale. Presto

 

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Jan
8
to Jan 12

Musical Immersion Residency at Danbury FCI

Solera Prison Residency Program
Musical Immersion Residency with Project: Music Heals Us
Danbury Federal Correctional Institution   
January 8-12, 2018

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This "Musical Immersion" Prison Outreach Residency will span five days. On the first day, the quartet will present an interactive concert entitled "The Life of Beethoven" for Danbury Federal Correctional Institution's general population, which will feature his famous “Serioso” quartet, and begin to explore the challenges and triumphs of Beethoven’s life in music. During and after the concert, audience members are invited to join in dialogue with the quartet about their reactions and feelings about the music. On days Two through Four, the Solera Quartet will lead 35 workshop participants in a) exploration of Beethoven’s philosophy, history, and lasting impression on the world of music, b) the creation of new musical works in collaboration with the Quartet, and c) intensive exploration of the “Serioso” string quartet in particular: inventing, collaborating, and jamming on themes and motives of the piece. Finally on Day Five, the Solera Quartet will present a second concert for the general population, as well as selections from the men’s creative work over the course of the week.

Workshop Philosophy: The process of creating ensemble music - trust-building, inspiration, constructive criticism, problem-solving, and dedication to a purpose greater than one's self - encompasses a collection of skills that pertain to any worthwhile endeavor in life.
 

RESIDENCY ELEMENTS

A) two interactive concerts that bookend the residency (90 min each)

B) three Instrument demos (viola, violin, cello) (20 min) and two “Behind the Music” talks on the life of Beethoven (30 min)

C) three whole-workshop explorations of the work (activities including score study, groove parties, hyper focus, instant replay and What is Beethoven Telling Me)(appx 45 min each)

D) five new-music-making sessions (improvising, new music, ie participant responses to the Invitation Page)(appx 90 min each)

E) five end-of-day reflections (30 min each, 60 mins on the final day)

 

Note: the workshop participants will help decide the daily balance of C and D (explorations of the work vs. new music-making sessions)

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DEBUT RECORDING
Jul
24
to Jul 30

DEBUT RECORDING

We're making our first recording! We are looking forward to delving into a program entitled "Obsessions" comprised of pieces we've become very fond of:

Janacek's "Intimate Letters," Caroline Shaw's "Entr'act, and Mendelssohn's Op. 80

Stay "tuned" for details of CD launch dates/concerts coming soon!! 

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Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop
May
30
to Jun 18

Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop

We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to join the Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop on Shelter Island, NY, this summer as the program's Resident Quartet. We look forward to the opportunity to work with and perform alongside many of the chamber music world's greatest artists and teachers for three whole weeks!

For more information on Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop concerts, please visit https://perlmanmusicprogram.org/programs/chamber-music-workshop.  

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Notre Dame Spring Residency
Mar
26
to Apr 2

Notre Dame Spring Residency

We are thrilled to return to the University of Notre Dame for our 2017 spring residency.  It's always a joy to work with the students at Notre Dame, teaching private lessons and performance classes, coaching chamber music, and reaching out to student groups.  The week always culminates with a performance in the stunning Debartolo Performing Arts Center. 

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