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March 1, 2012 - September 3, 2012
An extensive exhibit tracing the history of the quartet from its founding in Belgium through its centennial, the impact of two world wars, the quartet's ambitious recording history, its vibrant relationship to the new music and composers of its day, and the shifts in patronage that have allowed it to flourish. Extensive photos, charts, concert programs, reviews, correspondence, and other materials are on view. Audio samples of various versions of the quartet over its 100-year history are available for listeners at the exhibit and below.


October 10, 2011 - November 23, 2011

A display of some of the important works composed for, premiered by, or dedicated to the Pro Arte Quartet. Materials include, as available, facsimiles of composer manuscripts, performance parts with annotations, correspondence, concert programs, reviews, photos and other items. Works exhibited include:
     Béla Bartók - String Quartet No. 4 (1928)
     Samuel Barber - String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11 (1936) ("Adagio for Strings")
     Roger Sessions - String Quartet No. 2 (1950-1951)
     Andrew Imbrie - String Quartet No. 4 (1969)
     Gunther Schuller - Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (1988) 
The exhibit also offers an extensive list of the many works associated with the
Pro Arte, as well as brief coverage of the early history of the quartet in photos
and documents.


October 15, 2011 - May 15, 2012
The quartet's recorded legacy, ranging from 27 Haydn quartets recorded in the 1930s to radio broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio to modern releases on CD. The quartet boasts many first recordings, including string quartets of Bartók, Mozart, and Ravel.


October 15, 2011 - April 30, 2012
Features materials related to the quartet's unexpected relocation from Belgium to the United States, the establishment of the first ensemble residency at an institution of higher education, its tumultuous first decade here, and its shift in identity from a European to an American quartet. Materials related to each of the composers commissioned to write in honor of the quartet's 100th anniversary are also displayed.