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Release: April 28, 2003

Maia Quartet Will Present UI Student Chamber Music Showcase May 6

The Maia String Quartet from the University of Iowa School of Music will present its Student Chamber Music Showcase, a concert featuring the top student chamber ensembles from the School of Music, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

As part of the program, the Maia Quartet will perform Paul Hindemith's "Melancholie" for voice and string quartet with soprano Amanda Hyberger, the winner of Maia Quartet Competition. An annual event in which students compete for the opportunity to perform with the Maia Quartet, the competition was open this year to voice students.

The remainder of the program will be devoted to student chamber groups, who will be selected in hearings to be held early in May.

Founded in 1990, the Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with performances in major concert halls including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival. In recent years they have had summer teaching engagements at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School.

The quartet has gained wide recognition for its educational outreach activities. It has participated in a three-year project in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival under a grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation aimed at building adult audiences. The members of the quartet have shared their love of music with children under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc., and the Midori Foundation, and they have given performances for families with children at Lincoln Center and the U.N. School in New York.

A doctoral student in the UI School of Music, Hyberger has performed major operatic roles in the UI productions of "Die Fledermaus," "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Elixir of Love" and "La Cantarina." She was also a soloist for the performance of J.S. Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" by the University Symphony and Choruses. Outside the UI, Hyberger has performed Gabriel Faure's "Requiem," Handel's "Messiah," Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land," Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte" and the mid-west premiere of Robert Nelson's opera "A Room with a View."

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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