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Release: Oct. 19, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

MAIA QUARTET FOR 'BREATH OF ART' NOV. 2 -- The Maia Quartet from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a performance as part of the ongoing "Breath of Art" series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the UI Museum of Art.

A collaborative project between the UI Museum of Art and the UI Division of Performing Arts, "Breath of Art" is a series of musical performances held Friday evenings in the museum. The final performance of the fall semester will feature French horn improvisations by Jeffrey Agrell on Nov. 30.

The members of the quartet -- Amy Kuhlmann Appold and Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang, cello -- are visiting faculty at the UI School of Music, where they have been the quartet in residence since 1998.

Founded in1990, 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. In recent years they have collaborated with other leading chamber musicians around the world, and they have had summer teaching engagements at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School.

The quartet has participated in a three-year project in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival under a grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation aimed at building adult audiences. The members of the quartet have shared their love of music with children under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc., and the Midori Foundation, and they have given performances for families with children at Lincoln Center and the U.N. School in New York.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.