UI artist-in-residency program on war and art will feature Daedalus Quartet

Scheduled sessions will examine impact of war on the artistic, wider community

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The intersection of war and music will be explored by a visiting string quartet at the University of Iowa this week.

The internationally-renowned Daedalus Quartet is at UI for an artist-in-residency program through the UI School of Music. The musicians will give several free performances and discussions over the coming days.

For a 7 p.m. Wednesday performance, “Music from Exile,” at Agudus Achim Synagogue, 401 Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville, the quartet will be joined by UI faculty historian Lisa Heineman. The session will center of the impact on the music and lives of several composers forced into various forms of exile - whether literal banishment or mental self-exile - due to the cultural policies of the Third Reich.

At 8 p.m. Friday in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall in Iowa City, the quartet will host “Exile and the Arts: International Perspectives,” a performance and roundtable discussion moderated by Luis Martin-Estudillo, co-director of the UI European Studies Group.

Residency program coordinator Elizabeth Oakes said the week’s sessions will examine the impact of war on the artistic and wider community.

“They’re going to give us a window into an important and very meaningful period of our history,” she said. “It’s a chance for us to understand through art what people went through at that time.”

A public recital will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Riverside Recital Hall, 405 N. Riverside Drive, on the UI campus.

Founded eleven years ago, the Daedalus Quartet is Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul on violins, Jessica Thompson on viola and Thomas Kraines on cello. They have performed around the world and are the quartet-in-residence for Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

They are coming the Iowa through the School of Music’s String Quartet Residency Program, now in its second year. The Daedalus Quartet is the second of four quartets visiting UI this year.

Other public events during the Daedalus Quartet residency include:

  • Wed., Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. “Under the Hood”: The Daedalus Quartet. A behind-the-scenes discussion with the musicians. University Capitol Center Recital hall.
  • Mon. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. Daedalus Quartet reading session. the quartet will read works of Brahms, Mozart and Schumann with UI pianists and clarinetists. University Capitol Center Recital Hall.

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