Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


Nov. 7, 2011

Hancher to present American String Quartet with Maia Quartet Nov. 18

The University of Iowa's Hancher will present the internationally acclaimed American String Quartet at the Riverside Recital Hall on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which will also feature the UI quartet-in-residence Maia Quartet, will include quartets and octets by Haydn, Shostakovich, Ravel, and Bruch.

Arising from the Juilliard School of Music in 1974, the American String Quartet won the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Award in the same year. Since then, the American String Quartet has become resident quartet for the Aspen Music Festival and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. The ensemble has premiered pieces by internationally acclaimed composers such as Richard Danielpour, Curt Cacioppo, Tobias Picker, and Glen Cortese. They have performed the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Mozart in countries around the world. Hancher last presented the American String Quartet in 1981.

The Maia Quartet, founded in 1990 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, is a recipient of the Arnhold String Quartet Fellowship and has held fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, and Peabody Conservatory. Since 1998, the Maia Quartet has been the quartet-in-residence in the UI School of Music, a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This Hancher performance will be the Maia Quartet's final concert.

The Maia Quartet will be playing Haydn's String Quartet in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2, and the American String Quartet will perform Ravel's String Quartet in F Major. The two quartets will come together to perform Shostakovich's Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 and Bruch's String Octet in B flat Major, Op. 20.

While in Iowa City, the members of the American String Quartet will engage with UI music classes and perform a lecture/demonstration for students at the Preucil School.

There will also be a pre-performance discussion in Riverside Recital Hall on Friday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. with the artists from the American String Quartet and the Maia Quartet.

The performance and residency are supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $35; college student, $10; senior citizen, $31.50; youth, $17.50 — available from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone (319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER) or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Riverside Recital hall.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Andrew Deloucas