The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Concert: CUA Presents the Red Cedar Trio

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Ward Hall's Recital Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music hosts the Red Cedar Trio performing "Ancient Rome - Contemporary America," a concert of newly commissioned works by Andrew Earle Simpson, associate professor of music, chair of the division of theory-composition and program coordinator of the Master of Music in Composition with Stage Music Emphasis program. The Red Cedar Trio will also hold a session for composition students at Catholic University following the students' regularly scheduled Composition Seminar. Students will hear selections from the "Ancient Rome - Contemporary America" concert and learn about the benefits of collaborating directly with ensemble musicians during the process of composing chamber music.

"Ancient Rome - Contemporary America" will feature the East Coast premiere of music commissioned for the Red Cedar Trio that appears on two recent Fleur de Son Classics compact discs. Red Cedar Trio members flutist Jan Boland, violist David Miller and guitarist John Dowdall, will perform Simpson's compositions "Tesserae: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome" and "Fireflies: A Folk Set for Flute and Guitar," from the newly-released Fireflies - Chamber Music compact disk by Andrew Earle Simpson.

The performance also includes "Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak," written by a consortium of Iowa composers. The concert includes new variations by Simpson, Red Cedar Chamber Music's composer in residence, and Iowa composer Joshua Reznicow, written to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the 2004 premiere of "Spillville Variations on a Theme by Dvorak."

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-5414, e-mail or visit

SPONSOR: Benjamin T. Rome School of Music