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Jan. 26, 2007

photo: Stradivari Quartet around 1990 (bottom, left)

UI Scandinavian/Nordic Fest Features Return Of Stradivari Quartet Feb. 11

The second week of the Scandinavian/Nordic Fest, a month-long series of events on the University of Iowa campus celebrating Scandinavian and Nordic music and culture, will include the return of the Stradivari String Quartet to the Clapp Recital Hall stage for a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.

Other events during the week will include the launching of a films series and a series of lectures, as well as a second concert by School of Music faculty.

The full schedule of events during the week of Feb. 5-11 will be:

-- 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Room 240, Art Building West: Screening of Ingmar Bergman's "Through a Glass Darkly" with live music by Anthony Arnone, cello. For more information, see: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/january/012507bergman-films.html

-- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building: "Kierkegaard and Mozart's 'Don Giovanni'," lecture by Laird Addis with Stephen Swanson, baritone, and Rachel Joselson, soprano. For more information, see: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/january/012507nordic-lectures.html

-- 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Clapp Recital Hall: Concert by the Iowa Brass Quintet, members of the Maia Quartet and other UI faculty.

-- 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall: Lecture concert by Robert Winter and the Maia Quartet. For more information, see: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/january/012407music-winter.html

-- 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in Clapp Recital Hall: School of Music Centennial concert featuring the Maia Quartet, Stradivari Quartet and other UI faculty.

The Stradivari Quartet was the quartet in residence at the UI School of Music from 1959 until 1996. It's concerts -- usually on Wednesday evenings -- were a staple of the Clapp Hall schedule from the opening of the hall in 1971. The four members playing on Feb. 11 -- Allen Ohmes and Don Haines, violin; William Preucil, viola; and Charles Wendt, cello -- played together as a quartet for nearly 25 years.

For the Feb. 11 concert, they will be section leaders for a performance of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's "Holberg Suite." They will be joined by the full string faculty of the UI School of Music, including their successors as quartet in residence, the Maia Quartet: violinists Tricia Park and Zoran Jakovcic, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman. Other faculty performers for the "Holberg Suite" will be violinists Katie Wolfe and Scott Conklin; violist Christine Rutledge; cellist Anthony Arnone; and double bassist Volkan Orhon.

The Feb. 11 concert will feature four other faculty performances:

-- "The Mountain Maid," op. 67, a group of songs by Grieg, performed by mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle with pianist Alan Huckleberry;

-- piano pieces by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, performed by pianist Uriel Tsachor;

-- Sonata No. 2 in D minor for violin and piano by Danish composer Niels Gade, performed by Wolfe with pianist Rene Lecuona; and

--String Quartet No. 3 by Pierre Jalbert, performed by the Maia Quartet.

This concert is part of the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the UI School of Music. Established in 1906, the UI School of Music will celebrate its centennial with a series of concerts throughout the 2006-07 year, including performances by UI faculty and many of the major ensembles of the School of Music. These performances are listed on the Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/centennial/centennial.htm

On Feb. 8, the Iowa Brass Quintet will share the program with members of the Maia Quartet and other UI faculty members. Four pieces will be on the program of the concert:

-- "Assagi" for solo viola by Swedish composer John Helmich Roman, performed by Christine Rutledge;

-- Quintet, op. 79, by Danish composer Vagn Holmboe, performed by the Iowa Brass Quintet;

-- Quartet op. 42 by Norwegian composer Johan Kvandal, performed by Maia Quartet members Zoran Jakovcic, violin Elizabeth Oakes, viola, and Hannah Holman, cello, with flutist Gro Sandvick, a visiting UI faculty member from Norway; and

-- Cello Sonata in a minor, op. 36, by Grieg, performed by Holman with pianist Ksenia Nosikova.

The Iowa Brass Quintet (IBQ) is another resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music. Its current members are David Greenhoe and Brian Umlah, trumpets; Jeff Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba. Founded in the early 1950s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions.

Originally known as the Iowa String Quartet, the Stradivari Quartet changed its name when the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., loaned them a set of instruments that had been made by the famous violin-maker Antonio Stradivari. The set was known as the "Paganini Strads" because it was owned in the 1830s by the legendary violin virtuoso Nicolo Paganini. The Stradivari Quartet used the instruments from 1967 to 1972, but kept the name by which they had become known after the instruments were returned to the Corcoran Gallery.

In addition to a regular series of performances on campus, the quartet toured in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Soviet Union and North Africa.

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.

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 Division of Performing Arts -- School of Music, Department of Dance and University Theatres -- and the School of Art and Art History are units of 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, 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 are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~c025188/press.html. A photo of the Stradivari Quartet has been posted at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html