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Release: Jan. 26, 2001
A YEAR AFTER THE MILLENNIUM (FESTIVAL)
Schoenfield premiere by the Ahn Trio was part of a larger Hancher innovation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Ahn Trio -- pianist Lucia Ahn, violinist Angella
Ahn and cellist Maria Ahn -- presented the world-premiere of Paul Schoenfields
"Four Music Videos" for the Hancher Auditorium Millennium Festival
on Jan. 27, 2000, and they have since performed the music throughout the United
States and Europe. But the new music was just one part of the innovations
in which Ahn participated.
They were in residency at the UI as part of Hanchers three-year Iowa
Network Project, funded by the Wallace-Readers Digest Funds. This ground-breaking
project, which will conclude this spring with a final visit by the Ahn Trio,
is a collaboration between the UI, the Pella Opera House, the Burlington Civic
Music Association and the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College. The
projects primary goal is developing young adult arts audiences in each
After the world premiere at the UI, the Ahn Trio also performed "Four
Music Videos" for audiences in the other network communities as part
of residencies there.
The UI residency activities of the Ahn Trio included a free family concert
in the Lisbon Public Library, an introduction to chamber music for pre-schoolers
and parents in the Iowa City Public Library, a performance for patients and
staff at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, a mini-concert for invited patrons
of West Music Company, a noon-time workplace performance at the Iowa City
Press-Citizen and a concert for Iowa City school teachers.
More than 500 students, from late elementary through high school, attended
a Stage Door performance and discussion by the Ahn Trio in Hancher Auditorium.
The Ahn Trio commission and residency were part of the envelope-pushing
activities that enabled Hancher Auditorium to win the 2000 Award for Adventurous
Programming, presented by Chamber Music American and the American Society
of Composers, Authors and Publishers (better known as ASCAP).
In the wake of the premiere and the Ahn Trio performances on tour -- in
U.S. locations including Louisiana, California, Oklahoma, Washington, North
Carolina -- Schoenfields "Four Music Videos" has drawn considerable
interest. The Ahn Trio has plans to record the work, and Schoenfield says
he has received inquiries from several other ensembles who are also anxious
to record it.
Schoenfield, who is a pianist, will perform the work himself this spring
with the Minnesota Chamber Society.
The Hancher Millennium Festival was the most extensive and ambitious performing-arts
millennium celebration in the United States. The season-spanning festival
featured more than 20 major commissions in music, theater and dance.
In addition to the Schoenfield commission, new works were presented by artists
including choreographers Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, UI alumnus Lar Lubovitch,
Susan Marshall, Bill T. Jones, Ushio Amagatsu and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar,
and composers Richard Danielpour, Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty, UI
alumnus David Lang and Mexicos Gabriela Ortiz. Performances of the commissioned
works were presented by prominent ensembles including American Ballet Theatre,
the Kronos Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Sankai
Juku, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane
Dance Company, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson
Trio and the Ethos Percussion Group.
The Millennium Festival commission for the Ahn Trio was supported by Chamber
Music Americas "A Musical Celebration of the Millennium."
Hancher also had a partner for the commissioning, the Performing Arts Society
of Acadiana in Lafayette, La.
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