Legendary Pro Arte String Quartet to perform Oct. 31
The Sheboygan community is invited to enjoy an hour of high-spirited, classical music with the world-renowned Pro Arte Quartet from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Thursday, October 31 at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan.
The string quartet, which is a vital part of the University of Wisconsin School of Music performing and teaching programs, will perform at noon in the UW-Sheboygan Commons. The event is sponsored by the UW-Sheboygan Lecture and Fine Arts Committee.
The Pro Arte Quartet is a beloved and vital part of the musical life of Madison, and as part of the University’s enterprising programs of outreach, it has become a cultural dimension of the entire state of Wisconsin. The group 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 Quartet began in 1911-12 as the idea of some teenage prodigies at the Brussels Conservatory in Belgium. The group’s essence and idea survived World War I, and inspired the development of what became one of the world’s leading quartets. While World War II was catastrophic for music and musicians, the Pro Arte Quartet survived. Stranded in the US by the war’s outbreak, the group established itself in Madison at the University of Wisconsin. Its surviving Belgians melded with newcomers to become the first professional string quartet to be identified with and supported by an American university, a model emulated to this day by ensembles across the country.
The performance begins at noon and will run until about 1 p.m. in the UW-Sheboygan Commons. Donations are being accepted at the door to support additional cultural and musical events at UW-Sheboygan by the Fine Arts and Lecture Committee.
UW-Sheboygan is located at One University Drive, Sheboygan, just off Taylor Drive near the intersection with Indiana Avenue. The Commons is located near the center of the campus between the Main Building and the Learning Resources Building.
For more information about UW-Sheboygan, please visit www.sheboygan.uwc.edu or call (920) 459-6612.