February 22, 2007 Clapp Recital Hall performance of Movement IV of "Allegro brioso" from String Quartet No. 11 by Vagn Holmboe, 1976
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THE MAIA QUARTET
February 22, 2007 Clapp Recital Hall performance of Movement IV of "Allegro brioso" from String Quartet No. 11 by Vagn Holmboe, 1976

Since its formation in 1990, the Maia Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of innovation and versatility. Praised by critics for its "sparkling musical intelligence," the Quartet enjoys a vibrant national and international performing career. Currently the faculty Quartet-in-Residence at The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, the Quartet has gained considerable recognition for its dedication and expertise in the field of educational outreach. Widely sought after for their inspiring work with all ages, they have brought their passion for music to both adults children across the United States.

2006-07 season highlights include performances at Rutgers University, the Ukrainian Institute in New York, the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle and concerts in Europe, Japan and China, and locally, the "Scandinavian/NordicFest."

During the "Scandinavian/NordicFest, " coordinated by the quartet at The University of Iowa,  the ensemble performed major Scandinavian works, collaborating with a numerous departments, including  Dance, Art & Art History and Theater. As part of the project, the Maia Quartet also collaborated with the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa to bring the chamber music of Scandinavian composers to communities in Western Iowa with strong Scandinavian roots.

The Maia Quartet's exploration this year of Scandinavian music has led them to many musical gems often overlooked in the American concert halls. Vagn Holmboe's "Allegro brioso" is one of over twenty quartets written by the Danish composer and has a very distinct style and sound palette.

The Maia Quartet's website

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