On Sept. 16, 2019, Pro Arte Quartet, one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets, kicks-off the first featured event of the 2019-2020 6:30 Concert Series. The 6:30 Concert Series at the Weidner Center is an exploration of music featuring composers, performers and special guests. All performances start at 6:30 p.m. and last between 60 to 90 minutes. Events are free (accept the December swing concert) and are open to public. Donations accepted.
Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, Pro Arte Quartet become one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. The quartet was performing in Madison, Wis. 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. Current PAQ members, together since 1995, are David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. See the full 6:30 Concert schedule. Additional performances in 2019:
- October 28, 2019 Edges of Romanticism | Michael Rector, piano
- November 5, 2019 Juxtatonal, with Nick Zoulek | Voice, Cello, Saxophone
- December 12, 2019* Swing for the Holidays | Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
Tickets $18 • Weidner Center’s Cofrin Family Hall
Proceeds from this ticketed event support the yearlong free 6:30 Concert Series