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Nov. 9, 2007

Thanksgiving holidays to bring players together for casual concert Nov. 21

Hannah Holman, cellist of the University of Iowa Maia String Quartet, will perform a kind of musical triple play -- alone as a soloist, in a duo, and in a trio -- in a free recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Holman's collaborators on the concert will be pianist Martina Cukrov, a freelance artist living in New York, and violinist Zoran Jakovcic, a fellow member of the Maia Quartet.

"We are subtitling this the Number Two Recital!" Holman said, referring to the fact that the three pieces on the program are numbered second among their composer's similar works: The Second Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, op. 5 no. 2, by Beethoven; the Second Suite in D minor for solo cello, S1008 by J.S. Bach; and the Second Piano Trio in C minor, op. 66, by Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert will be Cukrov's first appearance at the UI, but the three performers played together as a trio in Croatia -- the home country of Cukrov and Jakovcic -- this summer. When Holman learned that Cukrov would like to visit Jakovcic in Iowa City for Thanksgiving, she saw it as an opportunity to continue their work together as a trio.

"This is a recital that is all about giving thanks and being with friends and family for the holidays and the joy of making music," Holman said. "Martina is flying in from New York City the day before so we are going for a relaxed casual atmosphere.

"Martina and I first played together this summer in Croatia with Zoran and we did several trio concerts. When Martina mentioned that she would like to come to Zoran's for Thanksgiving, I seized upon the idea of playing a casual recital with her while she was here. She has a wonderful collaborative spirit and jumped at the opportunity.

"Apart from the fact that they include the cello, the pieces on the program have two things in common: all three are in minor, and all three are near and dear to me."

Holman is cellist of the Maia Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa School of Music. She has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra cellist, including principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. For more information see

Jakovcic joined the Maia Quartet and the UI faculty in 2005. 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 U.S. For more information see

Cukrov has performed throughout Europe and in the United States as a recitalist, chamber musician and as soloist with orchestra. She completed her undergraduate studies in Croatia and also studied on scholarship in Italy and Germany. In 1998 she came to the United States to pursue graduate studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York, where she received her master's degree. Since 1999 she has participated in the International Keyboard Institute and Festival held in New York every summer. She currently lives as an active freelance musician in New York and serves on the faculty of the Amati conservatory in Tenafly, N.J., and the Monmouth Conservatory in Red Bank, N.J.

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