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April 20, 2006

'Maia And Friends' Will Showcase Student Chamber Musicians April 24

The Maia String Quartet from the University of Iowa School of Music will present its annual concert showcasing student chamber musicians, at 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

"The Maia Quartet and Friends," as the concert is known, will be free and open to the public. Students participating in the concert were selected by members of the quartet, in the Maia Quartet and Friends individual and group competitions.

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet participates in a series of chamber music concerts on campus each year. Its members -- violinists Tricia Park and Zoran Jakovcic, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- also teach chamber music and coach student ensembles as members of the School of Music faculty. The annual "Maia Quartet and Friends" concert is an outgrowth of their teaching activities.

The April 24 concert will open with the first movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor, op. 95 ("Serioso"), with student Kevin Price playing alongside members of the Maia Quartet.

A quartet consisting of UI students -- Jin Soo Yu, clarinet; Samuel Stapleton, violin; Alexander van Dorpe, cello; and Jacqueline Tellers, piano -- will perform one of the landmark works of the 20th century, Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time."

Finally, the trio of Kazuo Murakami, piano; Armine Chamasyan, violin; and Amy Louise Phelps, cello, will perform Brahms' Piano Trio in B major.

"This concert provides students with a rare opportunity to perform in the university's lovely Clapp Hall," Park said. "In the case of the individuals, performing with us gives students insight into the workings of a professional quartet. In turn, we enjoy the chance to collaborate with students and to work closely with them in a performing capacity.

"Also, competitions in general are an important thing for all our students to experience as they play a big role in what happens out in the 'real world.' We were really pleased with the level of accomplishment with both the individual and group participants. It was clear that the students here at the UI are committed to chamber music and are moving forward beautifully in their musicianship. We are looking forward to what promises to be a great concert."

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, quartet members have collaborated with other leading chamber musicians around the world, and 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 School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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