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Release: Jan. 26, 2001


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 Schoenfield’s "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 Hancher’s three-year Iowa Network Project, funded by the Wallace-Reader’s 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 project’s primary goal is developing young adult arts audiences in each community.

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 -- Schoenfield’s "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 Mexico’s 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 America’s "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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