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Release: March 15, 2001

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Ahn Trio concludes UI residency with April 6 Clapp Recital Hall concert

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Ahn Trio will conclude a week-long residency at the University of Iowa with a Hancher Auditorium-sponsored concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6 in UI Clapp Recital Hall. The concert will feature Haydn’s Trio in E Flat, Hob. XV:29; Smetana’s Trio in F, op. 15; and Pulitzer-Prize finalist John Musto’s Piano Trio, a jazz/blues-flavored composition that was premiered by the Ahn Trio in 1998.

The residency is the final UI element of Hancher’s three-year Iowa Network Project, funded by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund.

Free public events during the residency are:

-- a mini-concert at the Veterans Association Medical Center at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3;

-- a family concert at the Cedar Rapids Public Library at 7 p.m. April 3;

-- a family concert at the Ronald McDonald House at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5; and

-- a mini-concert hosted by Mercy Hospital at the Preucil School of Music at 7:30 p.m. April 4.

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 -- pianist Lucia Ahn, violinist Angella Ahn and cellist Maria Ahn -- 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 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 a series of their own Ahn-Plugged concerts -- emphasizing their unconventional "alternative" approach to performing chamber music -- and an "Ahn-Plugged" CD.

The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund grant -- at more than $300,000, the largest grant in the auditorium’s history -- supported a three-year partnership between Hancher and three other presenters in Iowa: the Burlington Civic Music Association, the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College in Decorah, and the Pella Opera House.

The grant supported a program to expand arts audiences in the 25-44 age group, thereby increasing the audience base for Hancher and the three regional presenters. In addition to the Ahn Trio, the project featured residencies and performances by Taylor 2, the junior company of the Paul Taylor Dance Company; and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet. Each group visited each of the four communities in two of the three years of the grant.

Mercy Iowa City/Mercy on Call and West Music Company are the corporate sponsors of the Ahn concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the April 6 concert at $23 ($10 for UI students, $18.40 for senior citizens and $11.50 for youth) are available from the Hancher box office.

Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <>.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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