Lilacs and grieving form the central focus of MusicIC’s 2022 events

Ed Folsom first heard Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” in 1963 on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Folsom, now the Roy J. Carver Professor of English at the University of Iowa and editor […]

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Take a trip to the ‘Dark Side’ with the 8th annual MusicIC Festival

The culmination of the 2018 festival will be the Solera Quartet’s June 22 performance of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at the Englert Theatre (tickets $10-18), arranged by Solera cellist Andrew Janss. In addition, the audience at that performance (the festival’s sole ticketed event) will be treated to original literary work that muses on money, madness and mortality. […]

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MusicIC returns for a seventh year of fusing literature with a classical repertoire

Too often overlooked among the series of festivals that bring an influx of artists to Iowa City is the MusicIC festival, now in its seventh year. Running June 21-24, the festival is presented by the UNESCO City of Literature organization. […]

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The Origins of Works of Art: Rich Opportunities for the Thrifty Aesthete


The upcoming week offers an unusually rich trove of aesthetic encounters for the inhabitants of Iowa City, many of which are intentionally transparent about the nature of the creative process as something nurtured by art itself. Much art — whether […]

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