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Release: Jan. 7, 2000

Ahn Trio to be in residence at UI Jan. 25-28 for Millennium Festival premiere

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Ahn Trio -- pianist Lucia Ahn, violinist Angella Ahn and cellist Maria Ahn -- will be in residence at the University of Iowa Jan. 25-28, including the world-premiere performance of a Paul Schoenfield commission for the Hancher Auditorium Millennium Festival.

The new Schoenfield composition will be performed during a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall, sponsored by Hancher.

Detroit -native Schoenfield, whose "Tales from Chelm" was performed by the Everest Quartet several seasons ago, is inspired by jazz and folk, and by the music of cabarets and music halls.

The residency is part of Hancher's three-year Iowa Network Project funded by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. After the world premiere Jan. 27 in Hancher, the new Schoenfield work will also be performed by the Ahn Trio for Hancher's network partners in Pella, Decorah and Burlington.

For the commission Hancher has yet another, and somewhat surprising, partner -- the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana in Lafayette, La.

The Jan. 27 concert is already sold out, but that will not be the only opportunity for audiences to catch the Ahn Trio.

The UI residency of the Ahn Trio will also include a free family concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the public library in Lisbon, Iowa. Free tickets are required and are available from the library, 319-455-2800.

The trio will introduce pre-schoolers to chamber music in an event at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in the Iowa City Public Library, and the same day will play for patients and staff at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and invited patrons of West Music Company. The trio will also perform for Iowa City Press-Citizen employees and for teachers in the Iowa City schools on Jan. 25.

On Jan. 28 more than 500 students, from late elementary through high school, will attend a Stage Door performance and discussion by the Ahn Trio in Hancher Auditorium.

With hot musical chops and cover-girl good looks that have landed their images in Vogue magazine, the Ahn Trio is making a splash on the music scene worldwide. Winners of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, they were also finalists in the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition.

The Ahn sisters were born in Seoul, Korea, but moved in 1981 to the United States, where they completed musical studies at the Juilliard School in New York.

They first came to wide public attention in 1987, when they were featured on a Time magazine story entitled, "Asian American Whiz Kids," and then were the focus of an NBC-TV documentary aired during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Their first two CDs have met with wide critical acclaim.

In 1997 two of the Ahn sisters performed with Bryan Adams for an MTV "Unplugged" show, which led to the idea of their own Ahn-Plugged concerts, emphasizing their unconventional "alternative" approach to performing chamber music. The Ahn-Plugged portion of their concerts -- usually following works in the standard classical repertory -- features amplified performances of music by contemporary composers.

The Millennium Festival commission was supported by Chamber Music America's "A Musical Celebration of the Millennium." The Ahn Trio residency is also supported by the Iowa Arts Council.

Learn more about the Ahn Trio on the World Wide Web at>. For information on UI arts, visit <>.

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