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Airport Exhibit Marks Centennial Of Pro Arte Quartet, Wisconsin Idea
Airport Exhibit Marks Centennial Of Pro Arte Quartet, Wisconsin Idea

The history of the University of Wisconsin's Pro Arte String Quartet and the Wisconsin Idea, both of which turn a record-breaking 100 years old this year, will be told through a public exhibit beginning Thursday, March 1, in the entry lobby of the Dane County Regional Airport.

A free public opening reception, with light food and cash bar refreshments, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. that same night. Members of the quartet will be present to perform music and to meet the public.

The show, "Marooned in Madison: The Pro Arte Quartet Celebrates 100 Years," will run through Sept. 3. The display features music, photos, manuscripts, instruments, old and new recordings, and interactive technology. The show is free and open to the public at all times.

It also includes a section on the ongoing centennial of the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the boundaries of the campus extend to those of the state and beyond.

Organized by the Pro Arte Quartet's Centennial Committee and the UW Tandem Press, the exhibit seeks to expose the unknown history of the pioneering string quartet, which came to Madison as artists-in-residence - the first such affiliation in the world and a model for many later quartets - after the quartet members (below) were exiled here during a concert tour because Hitler had invaded their native Belgium in 1940.

For more information about the airport exhibit and other Pro Arte Quartet centennial events, visit www.proartequartet.org or email info@proartequartet.org or call Sarah Schaffer at the UW School of Music at 608-263-1900.

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