The world premiere of composer John Harbison’s Viola Sonata, written for Sally Chisholm, violist of the Pro Arte Quartet.
Ms. Chisholm will perform the sonata with Timothy Lovelace, professor of collaborative piano at the University of Minnesota and a resident member of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. John Harbison will be present for this premiere.
The program will also include the Pro Arte Quartet performing John Harbison’s “Four Encores for String Quartet.”
Ticketed event: $25. In tandem with the concert, the Mead Witter School of Music announces the Dr. Stanley and Shirley Inhorn Strings Scholarship, initiated with a $10,000 gift from the Inhorns. Read our news release here.
Sally Chisholm is violist of the Pro Arte Quartet, Germain Prevost Professor of Music (Viola) and artist in residence at UW-Madison. Ms. Chisolm is a permanent member of Midsummer’s Music Festival (Door County), the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute (Minnesota), and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. During the 2013-14 season, Ms. Chisholm served as principal violist of the Chicago Philharmonic. She performs annually in the Festival Der Zukunft in Switzerland and the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, and in 2013 she performed at the International Viola Congress (Krakow, Poland). She was a founding member of the Thouvenel String Quartet, which co-commissioned quartets of Elliot Carter, Milton Babbitt, Mel Powell, and Ernst Krenek.
John Harbison is among America’s most distinguished artistic figures. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize, Harbison has composed music for most of America’s premiere musical institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His catalog includes three operas, six symphonies, twelve concerti, a ballet, six string quartets, numerous song cycles and chamber works, and a large body of sacred music that includes cantatas, motets, and the orchestral-choral works Four Psalms, Requiem and Abraham. His music is widely recorded on leading labels. Recent premieres include Psalm 116 (for Chanticleer), String Quartet No. 6 (Lark Quartet & Fromm Players, Tanglewood, Telegraph Quartet), Presences (cello and string quintet), A Bag of Tales, (codas for piano), The Cross of Snow (in both the version for viols with countertenor, and for string quartet with mezzo-soprano), The Nine Rasas (clarinet, viola and piano), and Painting the Floors Blue (for violinist Jennifer Koh).
The Viola Sonata was commissioned by an anonymous donor in honor of John Harbison’s 80th birthday. Partial funding to cover the costs of Mr. Harbison’s attendance and Timothy Lovelace’s appearance comes from the Germain Prevost Professorship. The Professorship is provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.