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Two-week Ying Quartet visit to UI features hospital and Hancher concerts

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Ying Quartet will conclude a two-week University of Iowa residency with a concert of string quartets by Mozart, Bartok and Debussy at 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Clapp Recital Hall. The concert is part of the 1996-97 Gazette Chamber Music Series, presented by Hancher Auditorium.

The concert program is Mozart's Quartet in D Major, K. 575; Bartok's Quartet No. 2, op 17; and Debussy's Quartet in G Minor, op. 10.

The public is also invited to free Ying Quartet mini-concerts at noon on Wednesdays, Feb. 26 and March 5, in the atrium of Colloton Pavilion in the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The residency, focusing primarily on the UI medical campus, will include several performances in clinics, in-patient units and public spaces in the UI Hospitals and Clinics in collaboration with the hospital's Project Art program, as well as concerts or master classes at the Ronald McDonald House, the UI School of Music, City and West High Schools in Iowa City, and Cornell College.

Hundreds of area school children will attend a Feb. 25 matinee performance in Hancher Auditorium, through Hancher's Stage Door outreach series.

The hospital events have been planned so that the quartet will interact with the entire hospital population -- including patients and their families, medical staff, students and non-professional staff.

The UI residency will be a homecoming of sorts for the Ying Quartet, which was for two years the resident string quartet of Jesup, Iowa., through the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Program, the Jesup School District and the Cedar Arts Forum. That residency was profiled on national television by CBS "Sunday Morning" and a documentary about the residency was broadcast statewide on IPTV.

The Ying Quartet, composed of four siblings -- Timothy, Janet, Phillip and

David -- from Winnetka, Ill., have quickly gained recognition as one of America's finest young quartets. Within a four-year period they won the Cleveland Quartet Competition, took second place in the Banff Quartet Competition and were the recipients of the 1993 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the prestigious honor announcing that a chamber ensemble has "arrived."

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In a busy performance schedule that has taken them throughout North America, Europe and Asia, the Ying Quartet has won notice for the striking unity and commitment of their performances.

The critic of the Milwaukee Sentinel wrote, "The three brothers and a sister who are literally conquering music audiences around the world epitomize the glory of the art form with their seamless ensemble playing and the disciplined character of their musical expression."

Last fall the Ying Quartet joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, where all four artists were trained. At Eastman they not only instruct the college's students and coach its chamber music ensembles, but also teach Eastman students to build community music programs based on the Ying Quartet experience in Jesup.

Tickets for the March 7 Clapp Hall concert are $22 ($17.60 for UI students and senior citizens, and $11 for audience members 17 and younger).

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to

(319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Further information about this event is available on Hancher's World Wide Web homepage, at <http://www.uiowa.edu:80/~hancher/>.

The Gazette is the corporate sponsor of Hancher's Chamber Music series, through the University of Iowa Foundation. The Ying Quartet residency is supported by Chamber Music America's Presenter-Community Residency Program funded by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and by the Iowa Arts Council.

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