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Release: Oct. 4, 2000

CREEES sponsors introduction to Russian music Oct. 11

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 2000 Summer Olympics introduced the world to Russia's athletes, and now "Russian Unorthodox: A Festival of 20th Century Russian Music" is introducing the University of Iowa to Russia's music. The Maia Quartet and Oleg Timofeyev will present "An Introduction to the Music of Shostakovich" Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in the International Center Lounge.

The group will perform the 7th Quartet, a composition by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Timofeyev, a recording artist, specialist on Russian music and lecturer in the UI department of Russian, will introduce the quartet, provide background on the circumstances of the era in which Shostakovich composed, and will facilitate a question/answer session between the quartet and the audience.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), the Russian department and International Programs. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

This performance is part of "Russian Unorthodox: A festival of 20th Century Russian Music," a series of events focused on Russian culture being held at the UI during September and October. Upcoming events in the series include performances of Shostakovich string quartets by the Emerson Quartet at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct 22 in Clapp Recital Hall; and a discussion of the Shostakovich quartets with the Emerson Quartet at noon Sunday, Oct. 22 in the UI Museum of Art. The purpose of the events is to create an understanding of the cultural similarities and differences between Russia and the U.S.

The Maia Quartet was formed at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is recognized for its dedication and expertise in the field of educational outreach. In the past, it has been awarded fellowships at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School of Music. The members of the Maia String Quartet -- Amy Kuhlmann Appold and Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang, cello -- are visiting assistant professors at the UI School of Music. This is their third year as UI quartet-in-residence.

For more information on the Maia Quartet performance, contact Meri Good at CREEES (319) 335-3584.

CREEES was established within UI International Programs to respond to a series of new challenges and new opportunities posed by the profound changes under way in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The Center works to encourage and support individual and collaborative projects across University of Iowa colleges and professional schools. These projects involve: innovative ways to educate students so they can respond effectively to the region's challenges and opportunities; research and other creative activity by University of Iowa faculty and students that generates insights into the theoretical and professional issues arising in these societies; and making the varied programs of the center available to the community, the region and the nation.

CREEES is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.