The Pro Arte Quartet is one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets. Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, it become one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. 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. Current PAQ members, together since 1995, are David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello.
Members of the Pro Arte Quartet will perform string trio repertoire by Dohnányi, Weinberg, and Beethoven.