The Kat Trio Chamber Music Series

The Kat Trio presents a concert series, featuring their music and that of guest artists, beginning in August of 2013. Memorial United Church of Christ will host the Kat Trio Chamber Music Concert Series. The sanctuary has wonderfully warm acoustics and a beautiful grand piano. There’s plenty of convenient free parking at Memorial UCC.


2013 – 2014 Season

August, 24
The Kat Trio
November, 2
Robert Spring
February, 1
Pro Arte Quartet
April, 26
Veldor Woodwind Quintet


All concerts begin at 7pm. Artists will do an audience Q&A prior to their performances.
Location: Memorial United Church of Christ, 5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg.

April 26, (7pm)

Veldor Woodwind Quintet

Barbara Paziouros Roberts (flute), Andy Olson (oboe), Joe Kania (clarinet), Brad Sinner (horn), and Brian Ellingboe (bassoon) combine educational backgrounds in music performance from the Eastman School of Music, DePaul University, Lawrence University, Luther College, and U.W. Madison with many years of performing experience both locally and abroad. Now in their fifth year, Veldor continues to entertain audiences with its dynamic performances of standard and non-traditional repertoire alike.


February 1, (7pm)

The Pro Arte String Quartet

Meet the members of the world famous Pro Arte String Quartet in the intimate setting of the Memorial United Church of Christ.

Hailed as “one of the greatest quartets of our time” by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Pro Arte Quartet celebrated their centennial anniversary in 2012, the only quartet in the world to achieve such a milestone, marked by the commissioning of four new works. In addition to widely acclaimed performances of standard classical repertoire, the Pro Arte continues its tradition of championing new music.

Quartet members, together since 1995, are David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello.

This event is sponsored by UW-Madison Arts Outreach, a component of the UW-Madison Arts Institute, which works hand-in-hand with the School of Music to share the expertise of tits three faculty ensembles-in-residence with young musicians and community audiences around the state.



November 2, (7pm)

Robert Spring (clarinet)

Robert Spring has been described as “one of this country’s most sensitive and talented clarinetists”, Arizona Republic, “dazzled his audience…flawless technique”, The Clarinet Magazine, and “a formidable soloist…played with great emotional life” Copenhagen, Denmark, Politiken. Spring’s recording of Grawemeier Award winning composer Joan Tower’s works for clarinet was described by The Clarinet Magazine as “truly outstanding….one would be hard pressed to find better performances of contemporary music….first rate music performed with the highest professional standards.” The Instrumentalist Magazine says of his recording, “Dragon’s Tongue”, a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band, “His musicality and technique make this recording a must for every CD collection.” Fanfare Magazine says of the CD, “Tarantelle”, music that the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz recorded on violin,being performed on clarinet, “This recording was meant to amaze and, man, it succeeds.”

The America Record Guide writes about his recent recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, “Spring…is fabulous in the Copland. His phrasing is elegant swing tailored with great flow and a spread of tone colors and expressive subtleties. His low and mid-range are especially warm, rich, and embracing and highly effective in the introduction and in the bridge to the jazzy finale. And boy what a finale! The pace is neatly judged to pick up at critical junctures so that, by the end, it feels like an improvised jam session.”

Spring attended the University of Michigan where he was awarded three degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He was recently awarded the “Citation of Merit Award” from the School of Music Alumni Society. His teachers included John Mohler, David Shifrin and Paul Shaller. Spring has performed as a recitalist or soloist with symphony orchestras and wind bands in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America, and has been heard in the United States on National Public Radio’s, “Performance Today.” He frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator and teaches on the faculties of several summer music festivals. He has published numerous articles on multiple articulation and other contemporary clarinet techniques.

Spring was President of the International Clarinet Association from 1998-2000 and has performed for twelve International Clarinet Association conventions. He hosted the 1995 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest at Arizona State University where he is presently Professor of Clarinet. Dr. Spring is also principal clarinet of the ProMusic Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH. He is a Buffet Artist, and plays the Buffet Greenline Clarinet exclusively.

Images curtsey of Phil Haslanger and Grigori Manouilov