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Oct. 25, 2006

Jakovcic Will Play Solos And Duos For Nov. 8 Faculty Recital

Zoran Jakovcic, second violinist of the Maia Quartet at the University of Iowa School of Music, will play a recital of solo and duo music with other members of the ensemble, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Jakovcic's UI faculty recital is free and open to the public.

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet presents a series of chamber music concerts on campus each year. Its members -- violinists Jakovcic and Tricia Park, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- are all members of the School of Music faculty.

"I wanted to play a program that gave me the chance to both perform as soloist, and to collaborate with my colleagues in a little different way than I do in the quartet," Jakovcic said. "So I picked a duo with each of them -- violin with viola, cello and another violin -- each of which also happens to be a wonderful piece of music that we enjoy playing. To that program I added a great masterpiece for solo violin."

The complete program will be: Mozart's Duo in G for Violin and Viola, K.423; Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata for two violins; Zoltan Kodaly's Duo op. 7 for violin and cello; and the Sonata No. 2 in A minor for solo violin by J.S. Bach.

Bach's six solo sonatas and partitas are considered among the greatest monuments and most significant challenges of the violin repertoire. They were composed as a group in 1720, relatively early in Bach's career.

Bach's contrapuntal style, which relies heavily on the interplay of two or more distinct melodic lines, is maintained in the sonatas and partitas by having the different parts represented by alternate high and low notes or by playing on two strings at the same time. It is the performer's difficult task to make each of the "parts" sound separate and complete.

Jakovcic joined the Maia Quartet, and the UI faculty, in 2005. A native of Croatia, he made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 12 and was a winner of a top prize at the National Competition in Zagreb. He has performed in recital and as soloist with various orchestras in Europe, Japan, China and the US. For more information, see: .

Founded in1990, 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 and its members have shared their love of music with children under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc., and the Midori Foundation. More information, including photos and bios of the individual members of the quartet, can be found online at .

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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PHOTOS of the entire Maia Quartet are available at . A photo of Jakovcic can be found at