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Oct. 9, 2006

Photo: Maia Quartet. Click here for high-resolution image.

Maia Quartet Opens Family Concert Series Oct. 22 With 'Storytelling'

The University of Iowa's Maia String Quartet will present a concert designed for families and children at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert will be free and open to the public.

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 commented: "Continuing our commitment to education and outreach, this concert is the first of this season's Maia Quartet Family Concert series. This program will have a focus on Storytelling and how music, like words can tell stories and elicit emotion. The audience will be asked to participate in helping us figure out how music tells stories."

The concert will include music by Joseph Haydn, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly, three composers that have a connection with the country of Hungary. Bartok and Kodaly are well known as Hungarian musicians whose studies of the folk music of their homeland is strongly reflected in their work. Haydn lived in Vienna and is associated with the Viennese Classical style, but he was born in Ruhrau, a multi-ethnic village that today is part of Hungary.

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. The quartet has gained wide recognition for its educational outreach activities, and its members have shared their love of music with children under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc., and the Midori Foundation.

More information, including photos and bios of the individual members of the quartet, can be found online at

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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