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UWFox Hosts ‘Pro Arte Quartet’

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a mid-day music recital from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, when it features the “Pro Arte Quartet” in Perry Hall within the campus’ Communication Arts Center. The performance will be followed by a question and answer session with the musicians.

The Pro Arte Quartet was founded in 1911-12 by students at the Brussels Conservatory. The Pro Arte played their American debut in 1926, performing at the inauguration of the Hall of Music in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. They returned for thirty tours to the United States, as well as a tour of Canada, often under the auspices of the noted patron of chamber music, Mrs. Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge.

Their first visit to Madison, WI was in 1938, where, two years later, the musicians were stranded by Hitler’s invasion of Belgium and the outbreak of World War II. Following their concert on campus, the University of Wisconsin chancellor offered a permanent home to the quartet – it was the first such residency ever in a major American university, and became the model on which many other similar arrangements were developed at other institutions. The Pro Arte Quartet became the faculty string quartet at UW-Madison in the late 1950s, an appointment that continues to the present day.

Today, in addition to widely acclaimed performances of standard classical repertoire, the Pro Arte continues its tradition of championing new music. The Pro Arte Quartet celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2011-2012 and is the only quartet in the world to have achieved such legendary longevity.

Current members of the Pro Arte Quartet are Violinist David Perry; Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, violist; and Cellist Parry Karp.

The Pro Arte Quartet performs throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, has performed at the White House, and is the resident ensemble of the Chazen Museum of Art, for whom they perform a series of five live radio broadcasts per season.

The Pro Arte Quartet performance at UWFox is un-ticketed, free and open to the public, with unreserved seating. For more information, contact Dr. Marc Sackman, associate professor of music at UWFox, 920-832-2625 or email mailto:marc.sackman@uwc.edu.

The concert is not ticketed and open to the public at no charge. Perry Hall is located at 1478 Midway Rd., Menasha.

The Pro Atre Quartet features Suzanne Beia (viola), Sally Chisholm (viola), Parry Karp (cello), and David Perry (violin).

For more information, contact Marc Sackman, associate professor of music at UWFox, at 832-2625 or marc.sackman@uwc.edu, or visit http://www.uwfox.uwc.edu/cac/musicevents.html.

Posted 03/22/2012