The Fine Arts Quartet, an internationally-renowned string quartet in residence at the UW-Milwaukee, played to a near-capacity audience at the Zelazo Center Sunday afternoon. The audience included many members of the American Musicological Society visiting for their annual convention, held in Milwaukee this year. FAQ violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boico, cellist Robert Cohen and violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez were joined by Russian accordion virtuoso, Maria Vlasova.
Vlasova was featured in Efrem Podgaits’ “Ex Animo”, opus 184 - a quintet for string quartet and bayan. This work was commissioned by the FAQ in 2002. Evans admitted the quartet has not had the opportunity to program it since. Vlasova played a piano accordion instead of bayan, which might have sounded a deeper bass in one section of the work.
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