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Nov. 1, 2011

University of Iowa's Maia Quartet to play final concerts this month

The Maia Quartet, the University of Iowa's resident string quartet, will play its final two concerts this month. A Thursday, Nov. 10, concert will feature guest artists pianist Assaff Weisman and violinist Robin Sharp. On Friday, Nov. 18, the group will perform with the American String Quartet for a concert sponsored by the UI's Hancher. Both performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Riverside Recital Hall, 405 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City.

The Nov. 10 concert is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception to celebrate the Maia's long association with the University. The concert features Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, and Dvorak's Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major. 

Tickets for the Hancher event are available at or by calling the Hancher Box Office at 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER. That event also features a pre-performance discussion that is free and open to ticket holders at 6:30 p.m. During the concert, both quartets will perform individually and together. The Maia will play Haydn's Quartet in C Major, op. 454, no. 2. The American String Quartet will perform Ravel's Quartet in F Major. Together, the groups will perform octets by Shostakovich and Bruch.

The Maia Quartet has been the resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998. Its members —- violinist Tricia Park, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman —- are all faculty members in the School of Music, a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Assaaf Weisman, who lives in New York City, has performed in major venues in Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas, including appearances at the Rudolfinum in Prague, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philips Hall in The Hague, the Millennium Piano Festival in Spain as well as in Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Peru. He was the first prize winner in the 2006 Iowa International Piano Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Sioux City Symphony, American Chamber Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, and the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra.

Californian Robin Sharp is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher. In addition to maintaining private teaching studios in San Francisco and Palo Alto, she performs as concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and is on the music faculty at Stanford University as full-time lecturer in violin. She is currently on the Artistic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and is also on the faculty of California Summer Music.
STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500
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