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Oct. 17, 2005

Hancher Presents Johannes String Quartet Nov. 6 In Clapp Hall

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will present a concert by the Johannes String Quartet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The ensemble, born at the esteemed Marlboro Music Festival, will play Webern's Five Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 5; Mozart's String Quartet in B-flat Major, K458, "The Hunt"; and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden."

The Johannes Quartet brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim; an Avery Fisher Career grant winner, Catherine Cho; the associate principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, C.J. Chang; and the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf.

These four musicians save time from their busy individual careers to reunite once a year, renewing a friendship developed over the years at the Marlboro Music Festival, the birthplace of many renowned ensembles.

Hancher Artistic Director Judy Hurtig, who is a Marlboro Festival regular, says, "The Marlboro Music Festival is a special place where lifelong friendships are born as musicians explore the rich chamber music repertoire. The Johannes String Quartet is the latest in a line of ensembles -- including the Cleveland and Guarneri string quartets -- to emerge from those intense, glorious weeks of music making each summer.

"When I hear the Johannes Quartet play, I hear the full-out commitment to and the deep respect for the importance and beauty of this music. They play with deep understanding of the music and enormous love. For me, that is the hallmark of Marlboro.""

In 2003, the critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "At this point, I'd rather hear the Johannes Quartet than any of the brand-name string quartets that come through here."

And the reviewer for the Virginia-Pilot advised, "This is definitely a group to watch as it starts to make recordings and the music world becomes more aware of it."

The Nov. 6 concert is supported by Richard and Judith Hurtig through the  University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $26; UI student $15; senior citizen $23.40; youth $18.20.

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. 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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