The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music review: UW’s Pro Arte Quartet concert in Carnegie Hall is praised by The New York Times

May 16, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

It took three days to appear in print.

But in case you missed it on Saturday, May 15, The New York Times published critic Steve Smith’s positive and favorable review of the concert last Wednesday night, in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall by the University of Wisconsin’s Pro Arte String Quartet.

(A photo, taken at that concert by Matthew Dine of The New York Times is below. The Pro Arte Quartet members are, from left, David Perry, Suzanne Beia, Sally Chisholm and Parry Karp.)

Smith singled out for praise the warmth and richness of the ensemble’s sound and its interpretive flexibility, especially in quartets by Zemlinsky and Dvorak. He also cited the group’s blending in a work by Haydn. And he elaborated in detail on the history of the quartet, which will mark its centennial — something unheard of in the history of the string quartet — in the 2011-12 season.

That anniversary season will include domestic and foreign concert tours; a book about the Pro Arte’s history; some recordings; and the world premieres of six specially commissioned string quartets.

Here is a link to the review:

Want to leave a message of congratulations for the Pro Arte Quartet?

Members of the Pro Arte — such hard-working musicians that, barely back from New York ,  they are giving a concert tonight in Door County  — would love to see some, I’m sure.

Plus, The Ear — who this week reviewed the Pro Arte’s  last concert of this season with in Madison (and heard statewide via Wisconsin Public Radio) last Sunday and also praised many of the same qualities — wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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