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Milwaukee's Fine Arts Quartet Opens Season With New Member

Milwaukee Fine Arts Quartet
Fine Arts Quartet

On Sunday, the Milwaukee-basedFine Arts Quartet will play its first concert of the 2014-2015 season. 

The concert is unique for the quartet, because it features a single piece of music – an arrangement of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ.

The work is in nine movements,and features a guest soprano, along with the quartet, including their newest member violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez.

The next most recent member, cellist Robert Cohen, and longest-serving member, violinist Ralph Evans, spoke with Lake Effect’s Bonnie North and talked about the challenge of choosing the right person to bring into to the group.

"To choose somebody to go into a quartet is an extraordinarily difficult thing because there's four people married, really, spending more time together than they do with their own wives or husbands," Cohen says. "And to have somebody join that group is emotionally very difficult and it's also a very precise position to be in."

The Fine Arts Quartet will be performing Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ Sunday, September 21 at 3 at the Zelazo Center for the Arts on the UW-Milwaukee Campus.

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
Audrey is a WUWM host and producer for Lake Effect.