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May 19, 2006

Photos: Maurita Murphy Mead, top left, and Daniel Silver, top right

June 7-8 Maia Quartet Concerts Focus On The Clarinet

The University of Iowa Maia Quartet, which will be the resident string quartet at the ClarinetFest in Atlanta this summer, will feature quintets for strings and clarinet in concerts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 7 and 8, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

For this pair of concerts the quartet will be joined by clarinetists Maurita Murphy Mead and Daniel Silver, as well as by horn players Patrick Creel and Matthew Hellenbrand, winners of the Maia and Friends Competition.

The June 7 program is the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 6 and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet.

On June 8, the Maia Quartet and guests will perform the Beethoven String Quartet opus 18 number 1, the Clarinet Quintet by Margaret Brouwer, the first movement of the Beethoven Sextet for string quartet and two horns, and Weber's Clarinet Quintet.

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 -- also teach chamber music and coach student ensembles as members of the School of Music faculty.

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 1999, it gave a concert at the German Embassy in Washington, in honor of the Czech Republic's entry into NATO. In recent years, quartet members 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. Prior to coming to Iowa, they also taught on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory.

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.

In 2006-07, with support from Chamber Music America, they will celebrate the Danish heritage of Elk Horn, Iowa, in a series of events.

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.

Mead has performed by invitation at International Clarinet Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Southeastern Clarinet Workshop and the conference of the College Band Directors National Association. She has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and other ensembles. She had made several recordings, including two CDs of Brazilian choros with pianist Rafael Dos Santos, a UI alumnus.

Silver teaches on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder and is active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, clinician and teacher. He has served as principal clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and the Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center. A recent Washington Post review praised his "sense of freedom and extraordinary control."

Silver has performed with the Baltimore Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony, including Carnegie Hall concerts with David Zinman and Lorin Maazel. He has been a frequent concerto soloist, with orchestras in the United States and abroad. His festival credits include Aspen, Tanglewood and the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he has taught since 1991. Recent engagements include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival (Md.). He has been featured on National Public Radios Performance Today with colleagues from the Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony.

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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