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April 30, 2004

'Maia And Friends' Will Showcase Student Chamber Musicians May 11

The Maia String Quartet from the University of Iowa School of Music will present "Maia and Friends," its annual concert showcasing student chamber musicians, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The first half of the program will feature two student chamber groups, selected from the Maia Quartet's chamber music course in the School of Music. They will perform a trio for clarinet and strings by Beethoven, and a quintet for double bass and string quartet by Franz Anton Hoffmeister, a classical-era Viennese composer.

For the second half of the concert, the Maia Quartet will be joined by this year's Honors Competition winner, oboist Brian Vanderschaaf, for a performance of Mozart's Oboe Quintet in C minor, K 388/406. Vanderschaaf is a student of Mark Weiger in the School of Music.

"We look forward to this concert all year" Margaret Soper Gutierrez, the Maia Quartet's second violinist, said. "It is a marvelous way to showcase the student talent at the UI School of Music, and it gives the quartet a chance to work closely with a fresh new face. We are excited to be playing with Brian on this beautiful piece; he has a natural musicality and gorgeous, resonant sound.

"This promises to be a fun and eclectic concert!"

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 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 gained wide recognition for its educational outreach activities. It 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.

Its members -- violinists Gutierrez and Amy Appold, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- are all members of the School of Music faculty. The Maia Quartet has been quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music since 1998. Their responsibilities include teaching chamber music and giving a series of free performances on campus.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.