Pro Arte Quartet to perform at SLC on Nov. 20

Posted On November 03, 2016

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By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- A string quartet with European roots dating back more than a century will perform this month at Silver Lake College. 

The Pro Arte Quartet, founded in 1912 by students at the Brussels Conservatory in Belgium, will present a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, in Bob and Pat Endries Hall in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The concert is part of the college’s 2016-17 Artist Music Series.

The Pro Arte Quartet made its New York debut in 1926 and toured the United States frequently. The quartet was performing in Madison, Wisconsin, in May 1940 when Nazi forces invaded Belgium. The University of Wisconsin responded to the emergency by offering the quartet a permanent campus home, the first such arrangement at a major American university.

Today, the group is an ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music and resident quartet of the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison. The quartet has performed at the White House and puts on concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as it continues to champion both standard repertoire and new music.

Current Pro Arte Quartet members, together since 1995, are David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. Together, they have recorded works of Felix Mendelssohn, Antonin Dvořák, Samuel Rhodes, Ralph Shapey, Roger Sessions, Brian Fennelly and Tamar Diesendruck.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors, 55 and older; and $5 for student, ages 5-18. To purchase tickets, visit www.sl.edu/tickets or call 920-686-6274.