Fine Arts Quartet’s 2011-12 regular season begins

All Fine Arts Quartet concerts on the UWM campus will be free and open to the public during the 2011-12 season, as they were during the 2010-11 season and the 2011 Summer Evenings of Music series.

All regular-season performances begin at 3 p.m. in the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center. Space is limited and reserved seats are required. Contact the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at 414-229-4308 for more information about free tickets.

At the quartet’s first concert on Sunday, Sept. 25, the members will be performing with guest cellist Desmond Hoebig and guest pianist Menachem Pressler. The program will include Haydn’s Quartet Op. 71-2, Herrmann’s “Echoes” and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet.

Other season dates include Nov. 6, Jan. 29 and a March concert date to be determined. In addition, the Fine Arts Quartet will play four Summer Evenings of Music concerts.

The Fine Arts Quartet is one of the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music today, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. Founded in Chicago in 1946, and based at UWM since 1963, the quartet is one of the elite few to have recorded more than 200 works and toured internationally for over half a century.

Two of the quartet’s current artists, violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boico, have been performing together for over 25 years. Violist Nicolò Eugelmi joined the quartet in 2009. Long-time cellist Wolfgang Laufer passed away this summer. The group is hosting guest cellists this fall, prior to naming a new cellist.

For more information about the quartet, visit arts.uwm.edu/quartet.

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