Iowa City Community String Orchestra and UI faculty to celebrate Mother's Day with music

BY EMILY BURDS | MAY 09, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City Community String Orchestra will celebrate spring and Mother’s Day with a concert at the Englert Theater, 221 E. Washington St., at 3 p.m. May 12. The event is free and open to the public.

This concert will feature the première of a long-awaited piece by legendary local composer Linda Robbins Coleman titled “Suite Antique.” The piece is finally coming to Iowa City after the orchestra’s conductor, Carey Bostian, invited Coleman to let his community orchestra be the first to play it.

“Linda had to put off her composing to be a caregiver for her mother,” Bostian said. “So this piece means a lot and is perfect for Mother’s Day.”

Also being featured at the concert is UI string Associate Professor Katie Wolfe, who will be the soloist. Bostian and Wolfe have worked together over the past 10 years in a project to perform all five of Mozart’s string concertos. This event will highlight the fourth.

“I met Katie in 2004, when she joined the UI faculty,” Bostian said. “And she was just so good that I really wanted to make sure to give her a reason to stick around and work with our orchestra.”

The orchestra is in its 33rd season, 15 under the direction of Bostian, who is celebrating his 20th season of conducting this year.

The Mother’s Day concert idea originally came about from scheduling conflicts, but Bostian says it really is a great day to play.

“You would think that you wouldn’t have much of a crowd because moms normally like to stay home that day,” he said. “But the moms seem to love to be taken to a concert, especially in beautiful weather like we are having now.”

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