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Dec. 2, 2009

UI Maia String Quartet and guest artists to perform Dec. 9 at Englert--Event canceled due to inclement weather

Two guest artists will join the University of Iowa Maia String Quartet for a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Englert Theater in downtown Iowa City.

World-renowned cellist Wendy Warner will join the quartet to perform the Schubert Cello Quintet. The last piece of chamber music written by Schubert, it is unusual in its use of two cellos instead the usual two viola.

Alan MacVey, director of the UI Division of Performing Arts, will read the poetry of Mark Strand during the quartet's performance of Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Christ." Strand is the former Poet Laureate of the United States and a graduate of and a former instructor at the UI Iowa Writers' Workshop. He currently teaches at Columbia University in New York City. The Brentano Quartet commissioned Strand to write the poetry for this specific piece of music.

Warner has become one of the leading cellists in the world. Her reputation and collective critical adulation now precede her everywhere she goes. She has performed concerts from New York's Carnegie Hall to Boston's Symphony Hall, from Paris' Salle Pleyel to Berlin's Philharmonie. Likewise, she has toured North America with the National Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich conducting, and with the Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov conducting. She has appeared in recitals throughout the world, including performances in Chicago, Milan and Tokyo and recently appeared with Anne-Sophie Mutter, performing the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello with L'Orchestre de Paris, Semyon Bychkov conducting.

Warner has made several recordings, including works for cello by Hindemith (Bridge Records), duos for cello and violin with Rachel Barton (Cedille Records) and a praised recording of the Barber Concerto with Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Naxos Records).

MacVey is director of the UI Division of Performing Arts and chair of the Theatre Arts Department and the Department of Dance. He also serves as president of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. During the summer he is artistic director of the Acting Ensemble, an Equity company-in-residence at the Bread Loaf School in Vermont. He has served as associate director of the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, R.I., and for 10 years was director of the Program in Theatre and Dance at Princeton University. He is a recipient of the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and is a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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.

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. 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 biographies 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. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,

PHOTOS of the Maia Quartet:; photos of Wendy Warner:; photos of Alan MacVey and of Mark Strand: