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Oct. 11, 2007

Maia Quartet to raise awareness of breast cancer services at Oct. 25 concert

The University of Iowa Maia String Quartet will present a concert as part of a Healthcare and Wellness series at the UI School of Music at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, which focuses on breast cancer awareness, will be free and open to the public.

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 -- are all members of the School of Music faculty.

The Oct. 25 program will be composed of three works:

--Beethoven's String Quartet in D major, op. 18 no. 3.
--The second movement from the String Quartet No. 6 by Heitor Villa-Lobos with students from the UI Dance Department performing an excerpt from "Evermore," a collaborative work between the Maia Quartet and choreographer Eloy Barragán, as a preview of the annual Dance Gala performances Nov. 2 and 3.
--The popular String Quartet No. 2 in D Major by the Russian composer Alexander Borodin.

Oakes explained the theme of the concert: "In the spring of 2007, Amy Appold, the former first violinist of the Maia Quartet, was diagnosed with breast cancer. We wanted to show solidarity with Amy during her fight with this disease. At the same time, we thought we could raise awareness in the Iowa City community of the services that exist for those that are fighting breast cancer and highlight areas that are in need of support.

"Tables with information on breast cancer services as well as representatives from various organizations will be located in the Clapp Hall lobby before the concert. The Maias encourage audience members to don a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness and join them as they pay tribute to those who have struggled with or are currently struggling with this disease.

"The program of the concert, which is designed to appeal to all audiences, includes Amy's favorite composer, Beethoven, and another favorite of hers, modern dance."

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. 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

"Allegro," the 27th annual Dance Gala performance by the UI Dance Department, features choreography by guest choreographers David Dorfman and Toni Pimble, as well as faculty members George de la Peña, Charlotte Adams, Eloy Barragan and Alan Sener. Encompassing a wide variety of musical and dance styles, the Dance Gala is one of the highlights of the UI performing arts season. Tickets are available at the Hancher Auditorium box office.

The School of Music and Department of Dance are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Elizabeth Oakes, Maia Quartet,; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office). 319-541-2846 (cell),