Pro Arte Quartet

The Pro Arte Quartet continues its yearlong retrospective of Beethoven’s quartets in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth with a live stream concert on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 pm.

The concert will stream live at youtu.be/Mf-Mpt3EyNk from the Mead Witter Foundation Hall at the Hamel Music Center. No audience will be in attendance at the hall. Professor Charles Dill will give a pre-concert lecture at 7:30 pm.

Featuring David Perry and Suzanne Beia (violin), Sally Chisholm (viola), and Parry Karp (cello), the Pro Arte Quartet is one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets. Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, it 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.

Its world reputation blossomed in 1919 when the quartet began the first of many tours that enticed notable composers such as Milhaud, Honegger, Martin, and Casella to write new works for the ensemble. The Pro Arte Quartet performs throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and continues to champion both standard repertoire and new music.

The group is an ensemble in residence at the Mead Witter School of Music and resident quartet of the Chazen Museum of Art. The quartet has performed at the White House and, during the centennial celebration, played for the King’s Counselor in Belgium.

Recent projects include the complete quartets of Bartók and Shostakovich and, in collaboration with the Orion and Emerson String Quartets, the complete quartets of Beethoven. Regular chamber music collaborators that perform with Pro Arte include Samuel Rhodes, viola; Bonnie Hampton, cello; and Leon Fleischer and Christopher Taylor, piano. Together since 1995, the quartet have recorded works of Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Rhodes, Shapey, Sessions, Fennelly, Diesendruck, and the centennial commissions.

Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Program III

String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5 (1798-1800) Ludwig van Beethoven

Allegro
Menuetto
Andante cantabile
Allegro

String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 (1825) Ludwig van Beethoven

Assai sostenuto-Allegro
Allegro ma non tanto
Molto adagio (Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lidischen Tonart)
Alla marcia, assai vivace-piu allegro-presto-
Allegro appassionato-Presto