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FINE ARTS QUARTET ANNOUNCES PROGRAMS FOR 2004 SUMMER EVENINGS OF MUSIC

The world-renowned Fine Arts Quartet, artists-in-residence at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts, will present four concerts this June in the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 East Kenwood Boulevard. The concerts, scheduled for June 2, June 6, June 16, and June 23, all begin at 7:30 PM. The Fine Arts Quartet–Ralph Evans (violin), Efim Boico (violin), Yuri Gandelsman (viola), and Wolfgang Laufer (cello) — will devote their summer series to works by Mozart and Dvořak as well as a selection of twentieth-century miniatures (please see Fact Sheet for details). Four-concert subscriptions are available for $54 and single tickets are $16 general and $9 for students and seniors. For tickets, please call the Peck School of the Arts Box Office, 414-229-4308. The Quartet will be joined this summer by three wonderful pianists: Michael Endres of Germany, Jean-Marc Luisada of France, and Venezuelan-born Elena Abend. The concerts explore major works by Dvořak (the Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, the Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, and the Quartet in F Major, Op. 96) and offer the rare opportunity to hear four piano concertos by Mozart performed in the composer’s original scoring for piano and string quartet. Also on the program: a series of twentieth century miniatures by composers as varied as Igor Stravinsky, Alfred Schnittke, Claude Debussy, Krzysztof Penderecki, and George Antheil. Michael Endres gives recitals all over Europe and the United States and is known for his full cycles of the piano sonatas of Franz Schubert and W.A. Mozart and performances of the complete works of Maurice Ravel. He has received many prizes in international competitions including the International Schubert Competition (Dortmund). Mr. Endres performs chamber music with the Berlin Philharmonic Soloists and others. For many years, he was the pianist of baritone Hermann Prey and accompanied him in numerous concerts on many tours. Mr. Endres has a wide repertoire including the somewhat neglected composers Carl Maria v. Weber, Leopold Godowsky, Gabriel Faure, Sir Arnold Bax and Eduard Tubin. His comprehensive recordings include the complete sonatas of Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. These have been awarded various distinguished prizes such as “choc de la musique” and “Diapason d’or” and have garnered considerable praise. According to Richard Dyers of The Boston Globe, Endres is “…one of the most interesting pianists making records today […] His five CDs of Schubert sonatas on Capriccio rank with the best Schubert recordings ever made.” Mr. Endres currently holds the chair for piano at the Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. Jean-Marc Luisada, a prize winner at both the Dino Ciani competition at La Scala (1983) and the Chopin competition in Warsaw (1985), has enjoyed an international career for nearly two decades. He has performed under the direction of many of the world’s leading conductors and as a devoted chamber musician has performed with the Sine Nomine, Kocian, and Talich Quartets. He is a frequent guest at European festivals and has appeared at the most prestigious halls in Europe and Japan. Among Mr. Luisada’s noteworthy recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon label are the Chopin waltzes and Mazurkas, the Granados Goyescas and the Grieg and Schumann concerti with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas. His recording of the music of Bizet and Faure on the RCA Red Seal/BMG label won the Disc of the Year award. A film lover, Mr. Luisada recorded Poulenc’s “Histoire de Babar” with French actress Jeanne Moreau. He has since gone on to other projects combining the two arts, such as “Feu Sacre – George Sand and Chopin” a concert/monologue with renowned actress Macha Meril. Elena Abend, born in Caracas, Venezuela, is well known as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with all the major orchestras of her country and has recorded with the Filarmonica Nacional. As the recipient of a scholarship from the Venezuelan Council for the Arts, Ms. Abend studied at the Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor and Master degrees. She has performed at the Purcell Room in London’s Royal Festival Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Academy of Music with the Philadelphia Orchestra. An accomplished chamber musician, Abend has been heard frequently at the Ravinia and Marlboro Music Festivals and has been featured in live broadcasts in Philadelphia’s WFLN, Chicago, and Madison. Ms.Abend is currently on the piano faculty at UWM. The concerts will be preceded by informal talks by Bob Bucker, Dean of the Peck School of the Arts. Bucker, who has been a lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera for the last nine years, will discuss the historical context and musical structures of each concert repertoire before the performances. The Fine Arts Quartet, whose members are artists-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was founded in Chicago in 1946. The Quartet is one of the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music today and among the elite few to have toured internationally since the end of World War II, passing the milestone of a half- century of uninterrupted existence with remarkably few changes in personnel. Beginning in the 1970’s, the original Quartet members were gradually succeeded upon their retirement by brilliant new artists: Ralph Evans, a prize winner in the International Tchaikovsky Competition; Efim Boico, former concertmaster of the Orchestre de Paris and member of the Tel Aviv Quartet; Wolfgang Laufer, former principal cellist of the Hamburg Philharmonic and Jerusalem Radio Orchestra; and newest member of the Quartet, Yuri Gandelsman, the former principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights of 2004-2005 tours include concerts in New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Moscow and both a Baltic cruise and a Mediterranean cruise featuring the Quartet. In recent seasons, the Quartet’s international tours have also included concerts in Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Zurich, Geneva, Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Mexico City, Toronto, Montreal–as well as in virtually all the American musical centers, including New York, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Phoenix. Already one of the most recorded quartets in history with an immense variety of chamber music to its credit, the Fine Arts Quartet has newly recorded 40 masterpieces during the past few years. These include the 2002 Lyrinx release of the complete Mozart viola quintets, which were voted onto the 2003 Grammy entry list; the 2001 CD release of the two Hugo Wolf quartets on the Hanssler Classic label; the 2000 release of Haydn Quartets Op.77, No.1/2 on Lyrinx; and the 1999 release of Dvořak Quartets Op.96/105 on Lyrinx. Still due for release in 2004 are the complete Dohnanyi quartets and quintets, a CD of 20th century American works, and the complete Bruckner chamber music, all on Hanssler Classic; and Shostakovich Quartets No.1/4/8 on Lyrinx. In recognition of its commitment to contemporary chamber music programming, the Fine Arts Quartet was the recipient of a 2003 national CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, given jointly by Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. FINE ARTS QUARTET SUMMER EVENINGS OF MUSIC 2004 FACT SHEET All concerts take place at 7:30 PM in the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 East Kenwood Boulevard. Tickets: Four-concert subscription: $54. Single tickets: $16 general admission/$9 students & seniors. Please call (414) 229-4308 or stop by the Box Office now located in the Zelazo Center. Box Office hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM-5 PM and one hour prior to performances. Short-term parking spaces are available for those purchasing tickets. Parking: Ample free parking is available on Sundays in the Zelazo Center lot (to the south of the building) and in the UWM Union Parking Garage, 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard. Programs Each concert will be preceded by a talk by Dean Wm. Robert Bucker, Peck School of the Arts. The talks will begin at 6:45 PM in Room 280, across from the Helen Bader Recital Hall. Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at 7:30 PM Mozart, Concerto No.11 in F Major, K. 413 Stravinsky, Double Canon in Memoriam Raoul Dufy (1959) Alfred Schnittke, Canon in Memoriam Igor Stravinsky (1971) Mozart, Concerto No.13 in C Major, K.415 Guest: Michael Endres, piano Sunday, June 6, 2004 at 7:30 PM Mozart, Concerto No.12 in A Major, K.414 Stravinsky, Three Pieces (1914) Mozart, Concerto No.14 in E Flat Major, K.449 Guest: Michael Endres, piano Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 7:30 PM Mozart, Quartet in B Flat Major, K.458 (“The Hunt”) Debussy, Prelude No.10 from Book I: La Cathedrale engloutie (1910); Images, Set 2 (1907) Dvořak, Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81 Guest: Jean-Marc Luisada, piano Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 7:30 PM Dvořak, Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”) Krzysztof Penderecki, Der Unterbrochene Gedanke (in Memoriam Arno Volk)(1988) George Antheil, Lithuanian Night (1919) Dvořak, Quartet in F Major, Op.96 (“American”) Guest: Elena Abend, piano PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE