University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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Phone: (414) 229-4308

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

Fine Arts Quartet

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Fine Arts Quartet

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts is excited to announce the Fine Arts Quartet 2014-15 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.

Program I - September 21, 2014 - Zelazo 3pm

The Seven Last Words of Christ, Hob.XX:1A, Op.51 (arr. by Jose Peris Lacasa) | Joseph Haydn
Ruth Rosique, soprano
Sonata I: Pater, dimitte illis, non enim sciunt, quid faciunt
Sonata II: Amen dico tibi: Hodie mecum eris in paradiso
Sonata III: Mulier, ecce filius tuus, et tu, ecce mater tua!
Sonata IV: Eli, Eli, lama asabthani?
Sonata V: Sitio
Sonata VI: Consummatum est!
Sonata VII: Pater! In manus tuas commendo spiritum meum
Il terremoto

Program II - November 9, 2014 - Zelazo 3pm

String Quartet in G major, Op.77, No.1, Hob.III:81 | Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Allegro moderato
Menuetto: Presto
Finale: Presto

String Quartet No.2 "Company" (1983) | Philip Glass (1937- )
I Quarter=96
II Quarter=160
III Quarter=96
IV Quarter=160


Ex Animo (Quintet for String Quartet and Bayan), Op.184 | Efrem Podgaits (1949 - )
(Commissioned by the Fine Arts Quartet in 2002)

Special Guest: Maria Vlasova, accordion/bayan

Program III - February 1, 2015 - Zelazo 3pm

String Quartet in A Major, K.464 | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Allegro non troppo

Hallelujah Junction for Two Pianos (1996) | John Adams (1947-)
Luis Magalhaes and Nina Schumann, duo pianists


Grande Simphonie Concertante for Two Pianos and String Quartet, Op.63 | Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812)
Allegro moderato
Larghetto: Sostenuto
Rondo: Allegro moderato

Program IV - May 3, 2015 - Zelazo 3pm

Haydn: Quartet Op.33-3 ("Bird")
Saint-Saens: Quartet No.2, Op.153
Schumann: Quartet Op.41-1


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 starting on May 7, 2015.
  • Tickets are $10 per ticket ($5 per ticket for students)

Box office phone: 414-229-4308

Regular Box Office hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-7pm.

Summer Box Office hours beginning Tuesday, May 11, 2015 are Tuesday-Friday from 11am-5pm.

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

Programs subject to change

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

Programs subject to change

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)

Programs subject to change

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)

Programs subject to change



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