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Classical music: Juilliard String Quartet names a replacement for violist Samuel Rhodes who has played with the UW’s Pro Arte Quartet and who will retire at the end of this season. UW clarinetist Linda Bartley performs on Saturday night. | October 19, 2012

REMINDER: Saturday night at 8 p.m. — NOT Friday night as first and mistakenly stated here —  in Morphy Recital Hall, UW clarinetist Linda Bartley (below) will perform a FREE concert  with Jeannie Yu, piano; and Sally Chisholm, viola. The program includes “Sonata in D” by Nino Rota; “Liquid Ebony” by Dana Wilson; “Cantilene” by Louis Cahuzac and “Scarlattiana” for ClarinetViola and Piano by Walter Mays. Also, at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday night, in Mills Hall, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet marks 40 years with a FREE concert. For details, see Thursday’s post.

By Jacob Stockinger

Perhaps the premiere name among American violists these days, especially for chamber music, is Samuel Rhodes (below, in a photo by Peter Schaaf).

Rhodes teaches viola, and heads the viola department, at the Juilliard School of Music, where he also has played in the award-winning Juilliard String Quartet since 1969. The influential and critically acclaimed quartet was founded in 1946. (Rhodes in on the far right.)

Rhodes has often been a guest artist with the University of Wisconsin’s Pro Arte String Quartet. Last year (below, Rhodes sitting second from right), during the celebration of the Pro Arte’s centennial, Rhodes sat in to play one of those sublime but underplayed Mozart String Quintets with two violas.

Members of the Pro Arte have always told The Ear not only how much they admired Rhodes’ playing but also how they found him a congenial colleague to work with. And so it seemed form the beautiful results one heard when they played together.

Rhodes will be replace in the quartet by British player Roger Tapping (below, in a photo by Susan Wilson), the current violist of the acclaimed Takacs String Quartet.

Here is a link to two stories, from Gramophone Magazine and The New York Times, about Tapping and Rhodes:

Here on YouTube is Samuel Rhodes playing and discussing Beethoven:


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  2. Ignore the “tonight” in reminder at the top of this post (re: Bartley/Yu/Chisholm) unless you are looking at this Saturday. The Saturday at the top is correct, not the reminder. I am writing this from the Humanities building on the wrong night.

    Comment by Steve Rankin — October 19, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    • Hi Steve,
      You are absolutely right.
      The mistake is completely mine from copying and pasting incorrectly.
      It is now fixed.
      I am sorry and apologize for the inaccuracy and any inconvenience.
      Many thanks for your careful reading and correcting.

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 19, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

      • If I’d read carefully I wouldn’t have been standing outside a locked Morphy Hall Friday night.


        Comment by Steve Rankin — October 22, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

      • Hi Steve,

        Oh dear, I am so very sorry for the inconvenience.
        I apologize and hope you can forgive me.
        It doesn’t happen often, but when it does I sure am embarrassed.
        And others sure are inconvenienced.

        Hope you caught it the next night.

        (In addition to sloppy copying and pasting, I think I thought maybe she was in Morphy because of a competing event, that is the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, which did play on Friday night.)
        I wonder why she wasn’t in Mills.

        Anyway, a dumb mistake on my part.

        I’ll try to do better.


        Comment by welltemperedear — October 22, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

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