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Exploring Iowa

Posted at 11:55 AM on March 4, 2010 by Laura Ciotti
Filed under: Parker Quartet

The Parker Quartet continues their Artists-in-Residence tour with a performance in Decorah, Iowa tonight. Read the quartet's last tour entry.


Jessica Bodner, viola

Jessica Bodner Further exploration of the Midwest... Growing up in Houston and going to school in Boston, I honestly never dreamed I would be living in the Midwest. The Midwest was not a place I really visited with my family, and it was just a general unknown to me. Therefore, it was a huge coincidence and shock to my family when both my brother and I moved to the Midwest at the exact same time, me to St. Paul and he to Cedar Falls, IA. The first time I visited him, he showed me all around - the one street downtown, how if you drive out of town you are immediately in corn fields that stretch far beyond your eyesight and imagination, and the quilts that are painted on the sides of barns as a "visitor's attraction" (he has since been invited to have the honor to help paint a barn quilt after getting to know many of the local people. He wrote a piece about barn quilts, something you might, out of the whole world, only be able to do outside of Cedar Falls, IA). He has since moved to Iowa City, where he is getting a Master's degree in creative nonfiction writing. Therefore, after never having been in IA before a year and a half ago, I feel quite an appreciation and connection to the state. I am very much looking forward to visiting Decorah and deepening my understanding of Iowa even further.