WorldCanvass: Translating Music

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
136 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

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 UI 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 Leoš 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

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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.