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Award-winning ‘HarpStrings’ musicians performing in Washington in April

Mar 21, 2018

Red Cedar Chamber Music’s directors and core ensemble, violinist Miera Kim and cellist Carey Bostian are joined by Iowa City native, harpist Katherine Siochi for a concert program “HarpStrings.”

They will present Mainstage concert events at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 310 Fifth St. SE, Cedar Rapids, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd., Coralville. Tickets for both events are available at the door.

HarpStrings brings home to Iowa City two graduates of the Preucil School of Music, siblings Siochi and Jeremiah Siochi. The program includes the iconic Trio by Henriette Renié as well as a newly commissioned work by Jeremiah titled toque de azul.

The new work, as the title suggests, is a jazzy three-movement work with movements titled bass, ballad and basso. The work is energetic, fresh and very groovy.

It was commissioned in honor of Siochi’s former harp teacher, Pamela Weest-Carrasco. Red Cedar’s Artistic Director, Carey Bostian had many opportunities to work with Siochi and Jeremiah during their high school years and can’t wait to share their amazing talent with the Red Cedar audience.

Siochi is an award-winning harp soloist and newly-appointed principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra. She began her musical studies with the piano when she was five years old, and began learning the harp at the age of nine. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in harp performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with New York Philharmonic principal harpist Nancy Allen.

Siochi is the 2016 gold medalist of the 10th USA International Harp Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious harp contests, and is only the second American to win the prize since 1989. Siochi has also won first prize in the American Harp Society’s Young Professional division, earning her the title of AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017.

As an orchestral musician, Siochi has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, and has substituted frequently with the New York Philharmonic. Siochi was featured as a soloist in Alice Tully Hall performing Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra.

Jeremiah is an award-winning American composer and songwriter. Drawing inspiration from the classical tradition as well as jazz and hip-hop, his solo and chamber works combine visceral rhythms and melodies with experimental elements.

While at Duke University, Jeremiah studied under composers Stephen Jaffe and Scott Lindroth. His works have been performed internationally by a diverse range of artists as well as featured on National Public Radio. Although Jeremiah works as a software developer by day, at night he continues to write a variety of solo music, songs and chamber works.

Miera Kim and Carey Bostian have concertized together since 2000. In 2015, they were invited to become the directors and core ensemble of the 501(c) 3 organization Red Cedar Chamber Music, an organization founded in 1997. Under the auspices of Red Cedar Chamber Music, they bring innovative and entertaining concert projects and residency programs to broad and diverse audiences.

Kim, violinist, is the Executive Director of Red Cedar Chamber Music. Kim grew up in Iowa City as a student of Doris Preucil at the Preucil School of Music. She furthered her studies with Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music and Allen Ohmes at the University of Iowa.

Kim is a sought-after private teacher and clinician, and has previously held titled chairs in Orchestra Iowa and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. She began performing with RCCM in 2008 and plays a 1735 Nicólo Gagliano violin.

Bostian, a cellist, is the Artistic director of Red Cedar Chamber Music and the conductor of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra. He has presented thousands of educational concerts for students of all ages. He has a DMA in cello performance from the University of Iowa and an MFA in orchestral conducting.

Bostian actively promotes new music and frequently performs music of local and regional composers. He began performing with Red Cedar Chamber Music in 2006. Carey plays a Giuseppe Pedrazzini cello made in 1922.

Additional performances of HarpStrings will be presented (Free unless Tkt is noted) at the Washington Public Library at 115 W. Washington St. on Wednesday, April 18 at noon.

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