The University of Iowa

Elias String Quartet in live performance and conversation on WorldCanvass

January 30th, 2018
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On Thursday, March 1, from 5:30-7 p.m., the internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet will take WorldCanvass inside the process of music-making.  In a performance-filled program called Translating Music, members of the quartet and Elizabeth Oakes, director of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program in the School of Music, will discuss what it takes to bring a piece to life by focusing on two themes—nationality in music and storytelling through music. WorldCanvass takes place at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, and the program is free and open to the public.  Please come early for a pre-show catered reception from 5-5:30 p.m.

The quartet will illuminate the conversation by providing live illustrations, and audience members will be treated to full performances of Le Janacek’s intensely personal quartet “Intimate Letters” as well as a selection of Scottish music. This program is part of a week-long residency at the UI, which includes a number of classroom and public engagements as well as a March 6 concert at Hancher Auditorium.  For ticket information regarding the concert at Hancher Auditorium, please visit .   For information about all other residency events, please visit


Translating Music

Part 1—5:30-6:15 p.m.

Nationality in Music

Elizabeth Oakes—UI School of Music

Elias String Quartet

Part 2—6:15-7 p.m.

Storytelling through music

Elias String Quartet


Members of the Elias String Quartet are:

     1st Violin—Sara Bitlloch

     2nd Violin—Donald Grant

     Viola—Simone Van Der Geissen

     Cello—Marie Bitlloch

WorldCanvass programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on iTunes, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website. University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen.  The Elias Quartet residency is the result of a collaboration between the UI String Quartet Residency Program and Hancher Auditorium and is supported, in part, by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Program.  We are grateful to these sponsors for making the WorldCanvass appearance possible.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Green in advance at or 319-335-1433.