The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music education: Fundraiser for Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras with Pro Arte String Quartet proves successful.

November 20, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Here is an update about the WYSO fundraiser and concerts last week.

The fundraiser was held last Wednesday night by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra night at the Blackhawk Country Club and which featured the UW-Madison‘s Pro Arte String Quartet (below, in a photo by Rick Langer) in music by Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert and John Harbison.

Here is how WYSO director Bridget Fraser and WYSO communications director Nicole Sparacino described the events in an email to The Ear:

“The Pro Arte benefit turned out to be a great event, raising $2,100 for the WYSO Scholarship Program. Nearly 100 guests, from a 10-year-old  member of Sinfonietta (below top) to our 96-year-old founder, Marvin Rabin (below bottom), came out to enjoy the quartet’s performance at Blackhawk Country Club.

John Harbison, who composed two of the pieces in the evening’s program, was also in the audience with his wife, violinist Rose Mary Harbison. (The two Harbisons, who also co-direct the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival in the summer, are in the photo below taken by Katrin Talbot.)

The Quartet concert was outstanding and a WYSO quartet, which played as guests were checking in, was a wonderful addition to the evening.  The evening was filled with great food and drink, and with plenty of camaraderie and enthusiasm for our mission.

“The funds raised at the benefit will provide WYSO students in need with tuition assistance for orchestra membership, the Chamber Music Program, and private lessons.

“A photo of the audience during the introduction to the Pro Arte String Quartet by Board of Directors member Stanley Inhorn (below top, with his wife Shirley Inhorn) is attached. The audience photo (below bottom) was taken by WYSO director Bridget Fraser.

“Sunday’s WYSO concerts were also very well received.  We have an increase of 13% this year in enrollment, which happily results in increased attendance.  The 1:30 Sinfonietta/Concert performance was standing room only.  All orchestras played beautifully. 

“Thanks so much for your promotion of the events on your blog!”

You are very welcome, I say in return, and add that if readers are looking to support classical music with an end-of-the-year charity donation for tax purposes or simply to make a holiday gift  as an endorsement of this worthy program, The Ear can’t think of a better beneficiary.

Here is a link to WYSO’s main site with a lot of information about its history, its concerts, the thousands of students and parents WYSO has served over the years, its national and international tours and so much more, including many pictures of young musicians thoroughly absorbed in their art:

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