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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 13 January 2014 14:58

Red Cedar Chamber Music Performs He’s Gone Away


Red Cedar Chamber Music presents He’s Gone Away at Brucemore on Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. Flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall, tenor Jonathan Dyrland, narrator Michael Zahs, and actor Susie Streit commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a blend of nineteenth-century American music, readings from Iowa Civil War letters, and stories about Iowa’s role in our nation’s greatest conflict.  The poignant Appalachian ballad, He’s Gone Away, and letters between a Washington, Iowa soldier and his wife highlight the challenges faced by women left at home, while stories of Iowa nurses reveal contributions women made on the battlefield.  A champagne and dessert reception will be held during intermission.

Tickets are $35 per person or $30 per Brucemore member.  Space is limited; purchase tickets online at, by telephone at (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store.

The He’s Gone Away concert provides a natural partnership between two local cultural organizations—nineteenth-century chamber music in a nineteenth-century parlor. As artists in residence at Brucemore in 1983, Jan Boland and John Dowdall began performing nineteenth-century music on period instruments—an 1830 wooden flute and an 1830 gut-strung guitar. Currently celebrating its seventeenth season, Red Cedar Chamber Music continually strives to reach, challenge, and expand audiences that rarely have the opportunity to attend chamber music performances. Red Cedar Chamber musicians inform and entertain audiences, engaging them with lively commentary about the music, composers, and instruments. Their first recording, Czech Chamber Music, received a Critics' Choice award from the American Record Guide, which stated, "Chamber music should be just like this—intimate, bonding, and conversational." For more information about Red Cedar Chamber Music or other performances, visit or call (319) 377-8028.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit

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