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Jan. 25, 2007

Lectures Will Form Part Of UI Scandinavian/Nordic Fest During February

Lectures on topics ranging from nationalism in 19th-century music to the origins of modern physics will be presented as part of Scandinavian/Nordic Fest, a month-long series of events on the University of Iowa campus celebrating Scandinavian and Nordic music and culture.

The festival, most of it taking place during February, was initiated by the Maia Quartet, the string quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music. Consequently, most of the feature musical performances or have a strong musical component.

Four lectures will be presented as part of the Scandinavian/Nordic Fest:

--7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building: "Kierkegaard and Mozart's Don Giovanni," UI emeritus faculty member Laird Addis, speaker, with Stephen Swanson, baritone, and Rachel Joselson, soprano.

--8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall: "The Margins and the Center -- Edvard Grieg and Musical Nationalism," presented by Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Robert Winter and the Maia Quartet. For more information, see:

--7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Harper Hall, Voxman Music Building: "Niels Bohr and the Origins of Modern Physics," UI faculty member William Klink, speaker, and the Maia Quartet.

--7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Iowa City Public Library and "Live on the Library Channel," Cable Channel 10: "Inspiration and Cultural Relevance" with the Maia Quartet.

A professor emeritus in the UI Department of Philosophy, Addis is the author of "Mind and Music," published in 1999 by Cornell University Press, "Natural Signs: A Theory of Intentionality," published in 1989 by Temple University Press and other books. He has published extensively in scholarly journals in philosophy, and since his retirement from full-time teaching he continues to be an active scholar. For more information, see

Klink specializes in theoretical nuclear physics and mathematical physics. He has done research and published extensively in relativistic quantum mechanics and the philosophy of science and other topics. A member of the UI faculty since 1965, he has also worked at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, the Institute for Nuclear Research in Warsaw, Poland, and at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in both Tuebingen, Germany, and Graz, Austria. For more information, see:

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

The Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with performances in major concert venues including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Aspen Music Festival. The Maia Quartet has a Web page, with bios and photos of the ensemble, at

The "Scandinavian/Nordic Fest" is a collaborative project of the Maia Quartet and other campus organizations, including the UI School of Music, the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre Arts and the School of Art and Art History.

Details of all Scandinavian/Nordic Fest events, including times, locations and programs, may be found at

Events in the Scandinavian/Nordic Fest are supported in part by grants from the University of Iowa/Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, UI International Programs, Humanities Iowa, Iowa Arts Council and Chamber Music America.

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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