Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa.

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Twenty five years ago those lines found their way into our hearts with the movie Field of Dreams. They are just as apt for musicians as for farmers and baseball players.

The chamber music dream started with three string players who wanted to create for Iowa students the kind of festival experience that shapes lives – that had shaped their own. Recognizing that you do have what it takes to keep up with excellent players from all over the country. Meeting teachers from other parts of the world, and learning from them a new way of hearing. Connecting and reconnecting with teachers and friends through years of growth and experience.

So they built that festival – the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival.

Since 2003 the festival has brought together musicians of all ages and levels of study to play chamber music ranging in scope from duets to string orchestras, from Haydn and Mozart to living American composers. Younger students routinely play over their heads as they match up with more experienced musicians. Adult players rediscover their love of an instrument they laid down years ago. Faculty sit alongside students in the orchestra, whether on the first stand or in the section.

Teachers return year after year for the quality of the students and the music-making. They bring the sounds and sensibilities of New York and California, Taiwan, and Slovakia. They bring pedagogical excellence, including Suzuki methods. They bring their love of music making to pass on as a gift to their students and to one another.

The Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival brings this love and this music to you. Thank you for joining us.