Wisconsin Sound Series: Pro Arte Quartet

  • Presented By: Wisconsin Union Theater
  • Dates: May 2, 2021
  • Location: Online Event
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Price: $15 - Individual Performance; $50 - Entire Wisconsin Sound Series

The Pro Arte Quartet (PAQ) was founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912 and became one of Europe’s most celebrated ensembles. Named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium, PAQ attracted the attention of notable composers, among them Bartok, who dedicated his fourth quartet to PAQ, and Barber, whose Op. 11(“Adagio for Strings”) PAQ premiered.  Stranded in the U.S. when Nazi forces invaded Belgium in 1940, PAQ was offered residency at the University of Wisconsin, where it has remained since. One of the world’s most distinguished quartets, PAQ is the first and only quartet to reach its centennial anniversary, celebrated with new works, exhibits, a documentary, radio broadcasts, CD releases, and a new book on its storied history.

PAQ's performance is part of the Wisconsin Sound Series which showcases and supports local musicians and artists. Learn more about the series.


2021 Wisconsin Sound Series

Presented By The Wisconsin Union Theater

Jan. 24, Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 11, May 2


The Wisconsin Union Theater is proud to present the Wisconsin Sound Series, a new virtual concert series featuring local Wisconsin artists. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for performing artists with numerous canceled performances and tours; closures of theaters and live performing arts venues; travel restrictions; and the need to stay home to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. 

The Wisconsin Union Theater wants to do its part to support the great talent right here in Wisconsin, and help them continue to create and enrich our lives with their artistry. We are committed to our mission of delivering high quality performing arts to our community, even if our shared experience is only safe through a virtual space right now.


The Wisconsin Sound Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.