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Oct. 3, 2008

UI Maia String Quartet launches its 10th-anniversary season Oct. 16

The Maia String Quartet, just entering its 10th-anniversary season as the University of Iowa quartet in residence, will present music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries on a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI Pentacrest. Because seating is limited, the audience is urged to arrive well before the concert begins.

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 16th concert commences our 10th anniversary season," Park said. "The Maia Quartet has enjoyed a wonderful 10 years at Iowa and looks forward to its future at the university."

Because of the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to many of its usual performance venues during the 2008-09 season. The Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol is one of the performance spaces that will house faculty recitals and other performances through the year.

"This will be the Maia Quartet's first concert after the summer's floods," Park noted. "We, like many in the Iowa arts community that have been affected by this disaster, are embracing this opportunity to be even more integrated into the community at large. In this spirit, we are excited to offer this concert at the Old Capitol Senate Chamber, in the heart of downtown Iowa City."

Works on the Oct. 16 concert are the Quartet in G major, op. 76 no. 1, by Joseph Haydn, from the 18th century; the Quartet No. 2 in F major by Sergei Prokofiev, from the 20th century; and the Quartet in F major, op. 59 no. 1, by Beethoven, from the 19th century.

"We have been invited to perform on the prestigious Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music series," Park said. "Judy Hurtig from Hancher Auditorium was instrumental in connecting us to this series and we are very grateful to her for her recommendation. We will perform the Haydn quartet next March as part of the 'What Makes It Great?' series with composer, conductor and National Public Radio personality Rob Kapilow." (For more information visit

The Haydn performance also previews a celebration of Haydn's quartets that the Maias are planning for the 2009-10 season. Haydn celebrations will take place all over the globe in 2009, which marks the 200th anniversary of the composer's death.

"The Prokofiev and Beethoven quartets share the same key," Park said. "They also share the usage of Russian themes -- Prokofiev wrote his quartet while in exile in Nalchik during World War II and uses Karbardino-Balkar folk themes. The piece is colorful and exotic in flavor, and will provide a good contrast to the two German works that flank it.

"Beethoven's op. 59 no. 1 is one of three quartets that were commissioned by the Russian ambassador to Vienna, Prince Razumovsky. The last movement incorporates a Russian theme, and we programmed it for this reason, as a link to the Russian music of the Prokofiev."

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

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