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Oct. 21, 2005

Maia String Quartet Introduces New Members In Nov. 3 UI Concert

The University of Iowa's Maia String Quartet, in its first full performance on campus since changing both first and second violinists over the summer, will play a newly revised work by multi-faceted composer Dan Coleman in a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in Clapp Recital hall on the UI campus.

The complete program for the concert will feature three pieces:

-- String Quartet in D Major, op. 64 no. 5, ("The Lark") by Joseph Haydn;

-- Coleman's String Quartet No. 1: "quartetto ricercare"; and

-- String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op. 51 no. 2, by Johannes Brahms.

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet participates in a series of chamber music concerts on campus each year. Its members -- violinists Tricia Park and Zoran Jakovcic, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- are all members of the School of Music faculty.

Park was selected as the quartet's first violinist last spring, after a series of auditions and public concerts. She replaced founding member Amy Appold, who left the group last fall to take a position at the University of Missouri, and played with the quartet during its summer activities. Jakovcic takes the place of Iowa City-resident Margaret Soper Gutierrez, who had played with the Maia Quartet for two years.

"I am tremendously excited to be beginning this new chapter with the Maia String Quartet," Park said. "When I was here in February to audition for the position, I really felt at home with both of my extraordinary colleagues, Elizabeth Oakes and Hannah Holman. So I was so thrilled they asked me to join the group.

"Although I have had an extensive solo career, chamber music and particularly the string quartet repertoire has always been my first love. I've long been looking for the right situation to realize my dream to play in a quartet, and the Maia Quartet is definitely the right fit.

"As the newest members, Zoran and I are so impressed by the special place the quartet has here in Iowa City. We feel there are no limitations to what we can accomplish, especially with the incredible support the quartet has from the UI and the community."

An extremely active and versatile composer, Coleman has written music for concert performance, dance, theater and film. Park explained that he was an old friend since her undergraduate days in the Juilliard School, when Coleman was her music theory graduate assistant.

"We're playing in Arizona at the end of the month," Park said. "I knew that Dan is composer-in-residence at the Tucson Symphony, so I asked him if we could play one of his pieces for our concerts there. He offered his quartet, which he wrote in 1999 for the Cyprus String Quartet and revised in 2003.

"It is very Americana and neo-Romantic in style, with lovely melodies set into call-and-response patterns. It will be very accessible for our audiences."

Park also noted that the Haydn and Brahms quartets -- both well-known pieces from the standard quartet repertoire -- will be on the program for Maia performances Nov. 18 and 19 on the "Music in the Loft" series in Chicago.

Coleman has received commissions from major professional ensembles including the American Composers Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dallas, Utah, Indianapolis and Knoxville symphonies, Orpheus and the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. He has also contributed to a number of feature films: as an orchestrator for David Mamet's "Heist" (2001), and as both an arranger and recording engineer on the soundtrack of "Anywhere But Here" (1999). His music for theater and for dance has been composed for venues including Playwrights Horizons and the Pennsylvania Ballet.

More information on Dan Coleman is available at www.dancoleman.com.

Park came to the Maia Quartet from a highly successful solo career. She received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa; and the Baltimore, Montreal, Dallas, Seattle and Honolulu, symphonies.

Recent season highlights include a recital debut at the Kennedy Center, appearances at the Lincoln Center Festival in Bright Sheng's "The Silver Rivers" and collaborations with composers Tan Dun, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Timothy Eddy and Steven Tenenbom. When she played with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra at Jordan Hall, a review in the Boston Herald concluded, "If you see the name Tricia Park in any future programs, buy a ticket."

A native of Croatia, Jakovcic made his solo orchestral debut at age 12 and was a prizewinner at the National Competition in Zagreb. He has performed in recital and as soloist with various orchestras in Europe, Japan, China and the United States. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music, where he was a student of the legendary teacher Dorothy DeLay, and at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

In 1986, he joined the Essex Quartet as its first violinist. The founder and director of both the Essex Conservatory of Music in Leonia, N.J., and the Arcady International Music Camp in Maine, he is also an accomplished teacher and administrator. While at the Juilliard School he taught as assistant to Robert Mann.

Founded in 1990, 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, the quartet has collaborated with other leading chamber musicians around the world, and its members have 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.

The Maia Quartet was founded when the four original members were students at the Cleveland Institute of Music. They were subsequently awarded fellowships at the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School, where they worked closely with the Juilliard Quartet and served as their teaching assistants.

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

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