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Sept. 15, 2010
UI’s Maia Quartet and three guests present 'The Birds and the B’s'
The Maia Quartet, the University of Iowa School of Music’s resident string ensemble, kicks off its 2010-11 concert schedule Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City with a program called “The Birds and the B’s.”  The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The “birds” refer to two of the musical selections: “Bird Sanctuary,” and “The Lark,” while the “B’s” are composers Brahms and Boccherini. But that’s not all. The music of Haydn and three guest performers will also be featured: Elizabeth Suh Lane on violin, Karin Brown, viola; and Daniel Levitov, cello.
The concert is one of a series that the Maia Quartet offers each year in Iowa City. Its members — violinist Tricia Park, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman — are all members of the UI School of Music faculty. In addition to a half dozen performances in Iowa City, the group’s 2010-11 concert schedule will also include events at Central College in Pella, the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Dordt College in Sioux Center, and visits to Davenport and Chariton.
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 as its members have shared their love of music with children under the auspices of Young Audiences Inc. and the Midori Foundation.
The Sept. 23 performance begins with “Bird Sanctuary,” a string quintet in D Major, Op. 11 by Italian composer Luigi Boccherini. Violinist Suh Lane and cellist Levitov will join the Maia Quartet for that piece. That will be followed by the Haydn String Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 3, also known as “The Lark.” Finally, all three guest performers will join in to perform Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major, Op. 35.
Elizabeth Suh Lane is the artistic director and head of faculty of the Kansas City String Quartet Program. She is also founder and executive artistic director of the Bach Aria Soloists. Acclaimed as being “among America’s finest chamber musicians” by San Francisco Symphony director Michael Tilson Thomas, she has performed as a chamber, solo and orchestral musician around the world, including London, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Vienna. She was the first Asian American to become a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a master’s degree from Yale, and later became a protégé of renowned violin teacher Max Rostal.
Karin Brown is a violist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently as a solo and chamber musician in the Baltimore/Washington area, where the Washington Post has hailed her as a “notable soloist.” She has been a prizewinner in many competitions, including the William Primrose International Viola Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. She is a faculty member at the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Killington Music Festival, and maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from the Julliard School, where she was a recipient of the Nathan Gordon Memorial Viola Award. While a student at Julliard, she was a frequent substitute for the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, joining each for international tours.
Daniel Levitov performs locally and nationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Recognized by the Baltimore Sun for his “warmth of tone and phrasing” and “expressive force,” he is a regular substitute with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently with members of the symphony on the Chamber Music by Candlelight series. He is also a cellist with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra. Levitov is also adjunct assistant professor of cello at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, the coordinator of cello and chamber music at the Peabody Institute Preparatory, and he directs the Peabody Young Artists Orchestra. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, a master’s from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctor of musical arts from the City University of New York.
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