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September 2017

Sunday Concert Series - Pro Arte Quartet

Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, Pro Arte Quartet became one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century and was named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium. Pro Arte played their American debut in 1926, performing at the inauguration of the Hall of Music in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. The quartet was performing in Madison, Wisconsin in May 1940 when Nazi forces invaded Belgium. The University of Wisconsin responded to the emergency by offering the quartet a permanent campus home, the first such arrangement at a major American university. That original brilliance continues to this day. The UW Pro Arte residency became a model of artist residencies that is now widely emulated throughout the country. Today, in addition to widely acclaimed performances of standard classical repertoire, the Pro Arte continues its tradition of championing new music.