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Sept. 19, 2003

Brentano String Quartet Performs Oct. 8 At UI

The Brentano Quartet will perform work by Haydn, Berg and Dvorak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The concert, presented by Hancher Auditorium, will feature Franz Joseph Haydn's Quartet in B minor, opus 33 no. 1, Alban Berg's "Lyric Suite" and the Quartet in E-flat major, opus 51, by Antonin Dvorak.

The quartet will discuss and play sections from the Berg's "Lyric Suite" in a free event at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

The Brentano String Quartet is well known to some people in Iowa because second violinist Serena Canin is the wife of Thomas Sauer, the co-founder/director of the Chamber Music Quad Cities. Members of the quartet have been frequent participants in the Quad Cities Chamber Music Festival. She is also is the cousin of Iowa Writers' Workshop director Ethan Canin.

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet -- Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violins; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello -- has won acclaim for its technical brilliance, musical insight and stylistic elegance. Within a year's time, the Brentano String Quartet claimed the distinction of being named to three major awards: the first Cleveland Quartet Award, the 1995 Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the 10th Annual Martin E. Segal Award.

For their first appearance in Great Britain at Wigmore Hall the Brentano Quartet was awarded the 1997 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for the most outstanding debut.

The ensemble is the first quartet-in-residence at Princeton University, and served as quartet-in-residence at New York University from 1995-2003.

In 1995 they were chosen by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to participate in the inaugural season of Chamber Music Society Two -- a program designed for outstanding emerging artists and chamber musicians. Additionally, the quartet had the honor of being quartet-in-residence at London's Wigmore Hall for the 2000-2001 season.

The Brentano String Quartet has appeared with pianist Mitsuko Uchida at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Library of Congress, at Lincoln Center and in major cities in Germany, Italy and Japan. The quartet has also collaborated with Jessye Norman in her 1998 Carnegie Hall recital as well as in the ancient amphitheater of Epidauros in Greece.

In the fall of 1998, the Brentano String Quartet was enthusiastically received at venues across Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, and the ensemble was featured in a "Live From Lincoln Center" broadcast.

The quartet is named after Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars believe to have been Beethoven's mysterious "Immortal Beloved," to whom he wrote a famous confession of love.

The quartet's recordings include a CD of music by Bruce Adolphe, one of Haydn's Op. 71 quartets, and one of works by Steven Mackey.

Hancher Guild, the Hancher volunteer organization that raises funds through its management and staffing of the Hancher Showcase gift shop, is the sponsor of the concert.

Tickets for the Oct. 8 concert are $26 ($12 for UI students, $20.80 for senior citizens, and $13 for audience members 17 and younger).

Hancher Auditorium box office business 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. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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