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Feb. 12, 2007

Final Concert Of Scandinavian/Nordic Fest Will Be Feb. 22

The final concert performance of the University of Iowa Scandinavian/Nordic Fest will feature the Maia Quartet and other UI School of Music faculty in performances of music by Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, and several less familiar composers from northern Europe, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Taking place over the past month, the festival has featured events that address different aspects of Scandinavian arts and culture. It was initiated by the Maia Quartet, the string quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music. In addition to a concert series, the festival has included lectures, film screenings and dance performances. In April, the Maia Quartet will play for performances of University Theatres' production of "The Ghost Sonata" by Swedish playwright August Strindberg.

Details of all Scandinavian/Nordic Fest events, including times, locations and programs, may be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/nordicfest/events.htm.

The Feb. 22 concert will cover a wide variety of performance media, including chamber music for one or two instruments, songs and string quartets. The complete program and performers will be:

-- selections from Four Pieces, op. 78, and Six Humoresques, op. 78, by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, performed by Tricia Park, violin, and Réne Lecuona, piano;

-- "Monolog" for solo saxophone by Swedish composer Erland von Koch, performed by Kenneth Tse;

_-- the Maia Quartet performing the String Quartet No. 11, op. 111 ("rustico"), by Danish composer Vagn Holmboe;

-- "Three Shakespeare Songs" by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, performed by Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano, and Marian Lee, piano; and

-- Danish composer Carl Nielsen's String Quartet in G minor, performed by the Maia Quartet.

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet presents a series of chamber music concerts on campus every 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.

The Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with performances in major concert venues including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Aspen Music Festival. The Maia Quartet has a Web page, with bios and photos of the ensemble, at http://www.maiaquartet.com.

Other performers on the program are faculty of the UI School of Music, except for pianist Marian Lee. Biographies and photos of the School of Music faculty members may be found on the school's Web page, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

Lee has appeared as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician in Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, South America, Asia, as well as in major cities throughout the United States. For a more information, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~piano/presenters.htm/.

The Scandinavian/Nordic Fest is a collaborative project of the Maia Quartet and other campus organizations, including the UI School of Music, the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre Arts and the School of Art and Art History.

Details of all Scandinavian/Nordic Fest events, including times, locations and programs, may be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/nordicfest/events.htm.

Events in the Scandinavian/Nordic Fest are supported in part by grants from the University of Iowa/Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, Humanities Iowa, Iowa Arts Council and Chamber Music America.

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

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to http://list.uiowa.edu/archives/acr-news.html, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS of the Maia Quartet may be downloaded from their Web site, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~c025188/press.html/. Photos of other music faculty can be found through the school's Web page, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/faculty.htm