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Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.


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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts is excited to announce the Fine Arts Quartet 2015-16 Season. Enjoy four concerts for only $10 per ticket per concert ($5 per ticket for students).

The Fine Arts Quartet ranks among the most distinguished ensembles of our time, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. Founded in Chicago in 1946, and based at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1963, the Quartet is one of the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally for over half a century. Each season, violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boico (who have been playing together nearly 30 years), cellist Robert Cohen and violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez perform worldwide in such cities as New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Mexico City, and Toronto. For more information visit

Season Dates

Performances begin at 3pm in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Timothy Noonan, Senior Lecturer - History & Literature, provides free pre-concert talks starting at 2pm.

Parking is available in the Zelazo Center lot, to the south of the building, and in the Union parking garage across Kenwood Boulevard. Parking is free on Sundays only.

September 13, 2015 (Zelazo 3pm)

Rachmaninoff: String Quartet No. 1
Mozart: String Quartet in C major, K.465 "Dissonant"
Glazunov: String Quintet in A major, Op.39
--with guest cellist Denis Brott

November 8, 2015 (Zelazo 3pm)

Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
Schubert: Quartet in D Minor "Death and the Maiden"

January 31, 2016 (Zelazo 3pm)

Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C-sharp Minor, Op.131
Giardini: Trois Pièces (for 2 cellos)
Gouvy: String Quintet in G major, Op.55
--with guest cellist Niklas Schmidt

May 1, 2016 (Zelazo 3pm)

Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, Op.83
Evans: String Quartet No.1 (1995)
Saint-Saens: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.14
--with guest pianist Xiayin Wang


Summer Evenings of Music


How to renew your seats:

  • If you were a 2014 summer series subscriber, you may purchase your tickets and renew your seats with the Box Office through Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
  • Seats will be available for purchase by the general public through the Box Office starting on May 7, 2015.
  • Tickets are $10 per ticket ($5 per ticket for students)

Timothy Noonan, Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature at the UWM Peck School of the Arts will host pre-concert talks beginning at 6:30pm before each concert.  All concerts begin at 7:30 pm in the Helen Bader Concert Hall at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 East Kenwood Boulevard.

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015
with guest violinist/violist Gil Sharon

Mozart-Bach: Prelude & Fugue No.2 K.404a
Mozart: Divertimento K.137
Mozart: Adagio K.261
Strauss Jr: Fledermaus Overture
Mendelssohn: String Quintet No.1, Op.18

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015
Beethoven: Quartet Op.18-1
Guillaume Connesson: Quartet (2010)
Debussy: Quartet, Op.10

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015 with guest cellist Dominique de Williencourt
Haydn: Quartet Op.50-6 ("Frog")
Williencourt: Etchmiadzine et le Mont Ararat, Op.3
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, Op.163 (D.956)

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015
with guest clarinetist Michel Lethiec

Rossini: Introduction, Theme & Variations (from "La Donna del Lago")
Mozart: Clarintet Quintet, K.581
David Del Tredici: Clarinet Quintet "Magyar Madness" (2006)



The Fine Arts Quartet 2014-15 season is supported in part by:

Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Norman and Lucy Cohn Family Fund
Sheldon & Marianne Lubar Fund of the Lubar Family Foundation
Katharine and Sandy Mallin

Media Co-Sponsors
Milwaukee Magazine


Read More

Cellist Robert Cohen, of the Fine Arts Quartet, By Tom Strini, ThirdCoast Digest
Culture Club Chooses Fine Arts Quartet for Friday Five
, by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine
Interview with Ralph Evans,
by Jeremy Siepmann of the Naxos record label.
Fine Arts Quartet recording awarded three distinctions in 2011 Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Pianist Xiayin Wang a hit with the Fine Arts Quartet,
by Michael Barndt, Third Coast Digest
Review: Fine Arts Quartet and guest,
by Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest
Fine Arts Quartet Named Best Classical Musical Ensemble
in the Shepherd Express's Best of Milwaukee
Violinist Ralph Evans Talks About the Past, Present and Future of String Quartets