On May 15, the world famous Pro Arte Quartet returns to Door County to kick off the Midsummer’s Music 25th Anniversary Season. The Pro Arte Quartet is often praised for its energy, precision and intensity. Comprised of four world-class musicians, the group consistently delivers delightfully balanced and elegantly executed performances. For this concert, the group will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart and Kirchner. And to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Pro Arte Quartet, every guest in attendance will receive an elegant coffee table book about the group’s rich history. This concert takes place on May 15 at 7:30 pm at the Ephraim Moravian Church.
The Pro Arte Quartet was originally founded in 1911 by students at the Brussels Conservatory. The group made their American debut in 1926 at the Library of Congress and went on to tour the country 30 times. While on tour in 1940, the group became stranded in Madison when Hitler invaded Belgium. The University of Wisconsin came to their aid by offering them permanent residency. In the 1950s, Pro Arte became the University of Wisconsin’s faculty string quartet. Over the years there have been a total of 26 musicians that were official members of the Pro Arte Quartet. The current four members – David Perry, Suzanne Beia, Sally Chisholm and Parry Karp – have performed together since 1995.
Tickets to the Pro Arte Quartet performance are $30 for adults and $10 for students. Ephraim Moravian Church is located at 9970 Moravia St, in Ephraim. For more information, visit midsummersmusic.com or call 920.854.7088.