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Viterbo One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series Continues with "Music for Protest" Saturday

The 2017–18 Viterbo One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series continues Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nola Starling Recital Hall with Music for Protest.

The concert will feature the Artaria String Quartet and pianist Mary Ellen Haupert in a concert that weaves high art and political tension. Bursting with angry protest followed by petulant silence that gives way to lyricism, Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 stands alone in its expressiveness, its human qualities, and its musical ingeniousness. Kevin Volans’ String Quartet No. 1 White Man Sleeps includes references to South African nyanga panpipe music where the performers dance only to the sound of their ankle rattles in order to let the white landowner sleep, if only for a minute or two.

Between the Beethoven and Volans string quartets, Matthew Bersagel Braley, College of Business and Leadership, will share his experiences living in South Africa, as well as his thoughts on the transformative power of music. He and Haupert are currently co-teaching a mission seminar at Viterbo entitled “Rhythm and Resistance in South Africa,” which will culminate in a two-week trip to South Africa in May. Their students will engage audience members in conversation during intermission about what they’ve learned about apartheid in South Africa.

The second half of the program features Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quintet in G Minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 57. Despite its dark implications, the quintet employs a clown theme traditionally used in Russian circuses, giving it great musical appeal that eluded any political opinion from the Soviet regime in 1940.         

The concert is sponsored by the Lukasek Family Endowment Fund. Wisconsin Public Radio is the media sponsor for the One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series performances.

The final concert of the series will take place Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. with Out of This World, Down to Earth featuring pianists Pam Kelly and Mary Ellen Haupert along with soprano Diana Cataldi and the Viterbo Concert Choir under the direction of Brett Robison.

Tickets are $24 for general admission seating. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit