Maia Quartet to perform Saturday

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 27, 2011 7:10 AM

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The University of Iowa’s Maia String Quartet will perform with the School of Music woodwind faculty at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Riverside Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Since the quartet’s formation in 1990, the members have traveled the world performing chamber music. The group at present consists of Tricia Park on violin, Elizabeth Oakes on viola, and Hannah Holman on cello. The members have played at a variety of venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall.

At home, the members enjoy creating community projects. In the past, they have collaborated with the UI music-therapy department and the Holden Cancer Center for events using music to promote health care. The members also have received grants to bring Scandinavian chamber music to Iowa.

The musicians also teach chamber music at the university. Previous classes have included such guest musicians as Joel Krosnick and Andre-Michel Schub. For fun, the members hold an annual competition allowing winners to perform onstage with the group. For the student-outreach efforts, the group received an Iowa City School District Foundation of Excellence Fund Grant for the 2010-11 season.

— by Laura Willis

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