Hear: Arnone & Friends on Inaugurating UI's New Music Building
The Iowa floods of 2008 destroyed thousands of structures, including the University of Iowa's Voxman Music Building. The University decided to construct a new one, and - after eight years of work - it opened just this week. The new Voxman is better than its predecessor in every way. Its acoustics and aesthetics are both state-of-the art, its interior design makes collaboration easy, and its location couldn't be more convenient (it's at the corner of Clinton and Burlington in downtown Iowa City). So when will the very first concert take place? This Sunday at 3PM, with cello professor Tony Arnone and friends playing three of the greatest chamber works ever written (a Haydn quartet, the Ravel Piano Trio, and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet). Today, Tony came in to IPR's Clinton St. studio in Iowa City to tell us about the building and the concert. He was joined by two of the friends who will be performing with him - violinist/Klezmorim / detective-novelist Sasha Margolis, and "collaborative pianist" Liz DeMio. I was connected remotely from Cedar Falls, so Liz took a picture on Tony's phone and texted it to me (that's Tony and Sasha below!). If you missed our chat, you can hear the audio is below - but don't miss the concert! It's free, so get there early to make sure you get a seat!