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Jan. 13, 2004

Maia String Quartet To Give Family Concert Jan. 24

The Maia String Quartet, a faculty ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free family concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in Clapp Recital hall on the UI campus.

The concert is part of the Target Family Concert series presented by the UI Arts Share program and supported by a grant from Target Stores, Inc. The current season of family concerts will conclude with a performance by Dancers In Company in Space Place Theater March 6.

The quartet has announced that they will be playing "kid-friendly" excerpts from a variety of pieces for string quartet, including Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (A little night music), Beethoven's String Quartet in F major, op 18, no. 1, Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 1 and Antonin Dvorak's String Quartet in E-flat, op. 51.

Formed in 1990, the Maia Quartet is composed of Amy Kuhlmann Appold (violin), Margaret Soper Gutierrez (violin), Elizabeth Oakes (viola) and Hannah Holman (cello).

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.

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.

Before coming to the UI, the Maia Quartet served as associate faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Md., and also as resident quartet with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, La.

Committed to works of living composers, the Maia Quartet is praised by critics for its "sparkling musical intelligence."

A program of the UI Division of Performing Arts, Arts Share provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local art councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster includes nearly 100 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

For more information about the Target Community Concert Series or Arts Share, contact Leslie Finer at 335-1618, or access the Arts Share website at

Arts Share and the UI School of Music are part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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