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Fine Arts Quartet offers free performances

The Fine Arts Quartet (from left): Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, Wolfgang Laufer and Nicolò Eugelmi
The Fine Arts Quartet (from left): Ralph Evans, Efim Boico, Wolfgang Laufer and Nicolò Eugelmi
Courtesy of UWM

In honor of the Fine Arts Quartet’s 65th anniversary season, all Fine Arts Quartet UWM concerts will be free and open to the public.

All music lovers are encouraged to join the Peck School for this celebration. Regular-season dates include Sept. 12, Nov. 14, Feb. 6 and March 6. (Check arts.uwm.edu for concert times and programs). In addition, the Fine Arts Quartet will play four Summer Evenings of Music concerts.

All regular-season performances begin at 3 p.m. in the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center. Reserved seats are available, but walk-ups are welcome as well. Contact the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at 414-229-4308

“We have enjoyed being part of the City of Milwaukee and the UWM and Peck School communities for so many years,” says Laufer. “We are so pleased to provide an opportunity for the whole community to experience our music right here in Milwaukee at no charge.”

Also new this year and in honor of this special anniversary, Stephen Basson, former Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra principal bassoonist, will host preconcert talks beginning at 2 p.m. In addition, Saturday rehearsals will be open to the public on Sept. 11, Nov. 13, Feb. 5 and March 5.

“By opening the concert hall doors, the quartet is providing a very special public service to our community, making it possible for more people to experience the music so many of us have enjoyed for many years,” says Peck School Dean Wade Hobgood. “We welcome members of the UWM community to invite their friends and family to join them for the concerts, right here on campus.”

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 more than half a century.

Three of the quartet’s current artists, violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boico, and cellist Wolfgang Laufer, have been performing together for more than 25 years. Violist Nicolò Eugelmi joined the Quartet in 2009.

The quartet members have helped develop and nurture many of today’s top international young ensembles. They have been guest professors at the national music conservatories of Paris and Lyon, and they appear regularly as jury members of major competitions, such as Evian and Bordeaux. In addition, documentaries about the Fine Arts Quartet have appeared on both French and American public television.

Each season, the Fine Arts Quartet tours worldwide, with concerts in such musical centers as New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Mexico City and Toronto. But, every year they play at least eight concerts on the UWM campus.

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