Red Cedar Chamber Music’s directors and core ensemble, violinist Miera Kim and cellist Carey Bostian, welcome longtime friend, clarinetist Christine Bellomy, for “A Little Klezmer Among Friends.”

They will present main-stage concerts at 7 p.m. Saturday (12/17) at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids and 3 p.m. Sunday (2/18) at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City.

The program features “Grace from the Chess Master,” a new work written for the trio by Red Cedar’s Emmy-winning composer-in-residence, Stephen Cohn of Los Angeles. Bostian describes the piece as “virtuosic, fun, and at times hauntingly beautiful.”

The program also includes Iowa City composer Michael Kimber’s “Three Armenian Impressions,” several works originally for piano, and a selection of Klezmer tunes arranged for the ensemble.

Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. In America, the tradition has been influenced by jazz, but remains strongly rooted in folk songs and dance.

Bellomy, principal clarinetist for Orchestra Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, completed doctoral studies at the University of Iowa in 2005. She performs in a variety of venues and groups, including the Orchestra Iowa Woodwind Quintet, the Iowa Composers’ Forum and the University of Iowa Center for New Music. She also organizes Clarinotes, a clarinet quartet that performs in area hospitals, retirement homes and other locales. Bellomy has been a close colleague of Bostian and Kim for 25 years.

Composer Cohn is internationally recognized for his music for the concert stage, feature films and television. His works have been performed and recorded by orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the United States and Europe. Cohn was named Red Cedar’s composer-in-residence for 2017-2019.

The Cedar Rapids concert begins Red Cedar’s new partnership with Mount Mercy University, staging this first main-stage event at the Chapel of Mercy in the Busse Center.