Love & Life: Red Cedar Chamber Music with Akwi Nji

  • Details

  • 10/26/18
  • 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Music
  • Literary

Event Description

We're opening our 23rd season with one of Iowa’s cutting-edge performers, spoken word artist Akwi Nji. Through three works for violin, cello and spoken word, we explore love through the stages of life.  The title work of the program was commissioned by board member Tom Carroll as a gift to his wife Patrice on their 40thanniversary. Co-written by Red Cedar composer in residence Stephen Cohn and guest artist Akwi Nji, Love & Lifeis a marriage of words and music, taking us on a journey of love. 

The program includes two other works featuring Nji’s readings. Iowa composer Michael Kimber wrote a new duet for us that we are pairing with “Long Dance, Slow Revolution,” a 1997 poem by Cedar Rapids poet Julie Hanson. Conversations, a virtuoso duo by David Ott, was written in 1998 for the powerhouse couple and violin/cello duo, Jamie Laredo and Sharon Robinson. The work’s six movements each have evocative titles- Serious Thoughts, A Difficult Issue, Picky! Picky! Picky!, Two Views on the Same Subject, Chat at the Fireplace, and Differing Opinions. In early October, Red Cedar and Nji will spend a week at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, inspiring students to write their own verses in response to the movements. Selected responses will be read by Nji at each of our 13 performances.

Performances of Love & Lifewill culminate in MainStage events at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 27at CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA and 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 28 at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St, Iowa City, IA. For tickets to the CSPS event ($20, student rush $5), visit or call (319) 364-1580. For tickets to the Englert event ($22), visit www.englert.orgor call (319) 688-2653.

The October series of concerts is made possible by the City of Marion, the McIntyre Foundation, the Giacoletto Foundation, the AEGON Transamerica Foundation and the Linn County Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Additional support comes from Farmers State Bank, the William P. Whipple Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Rockwell Collins, Mount Vernon Bank & Trust, Hills Bank & Trust, and Friends of Red Cedar Chamber Music.

Artist sponsorship is generously provided by John & Rebecca Schultz of Schultz Strings.