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Feb. 16, 2009

Maia Quartet and Philharmonia Orchestra share the program Feb. 27

The Maia String Quartet and Philharmonia Orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will share the program of a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Music faculty members Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, and David Greenhoe, trumpet, will be featured soloists.

The concert is the opening event of the second annual UI Orchestra Invitational. Members of five high school orchestras from Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois will spend Friday and Saturday on campus, having clinics as an orchestra and seminars with UI School of Music faculty.

The Maia Quartet will open the concert, playing Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in G major, op. 76 no. 1, and two movements from Johannes' Brahms String Quartet in C minor, op. 51 no. 1.

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.

The Philharmonia, one of four student orchestras at the UI, will be led by graduate students in the conducting program. They will present three works: Christopher Fashun and Yuichi Ura will share conducting duties for the Symphony No. 88 in G major by Franz Joseph Haydn; Andrea Molina will conduct "Three Latin-American Sketches" by Aaron Copland; and Jeremy Starr will conduct the Concerto for Trumpet, Bassoon, and String Orchestra by Paul Hindemith, with Coelho and Greenhoe as soloists.

William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies at the UI, said "We added the Maia Quartet to the program this year to display our faculty and the professional quality music making that we have on campus. That makes a perfect partner to the orchestra, where we show the best of what our students, both the players and the conductors, are able to accomplish."

A reception for audience members and the high school orchestras participating in the Orchestra Invitational will follow the concert.

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 bios of the individual members of the quartet, can be found online at http://www.maiaquartet.com.

A member of the UI faculty since 1998, Coelho has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Portugal, France, Romania, Australia, Canada and Czech Republic. As a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, he performed on concert tours throughout the United States. For more information visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/WINDcoelho.htm.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Greenhoe was a member of Frederick Fennell's famed Eastman Wind Ensemble and Howard Hanson's Eastman Philharmonia, and was later soloist with "The President's Own" -- the U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C. For more information visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/BRASSgreenhoe.htm.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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