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THE RHAPSODIE QUARTET
THE RESIDENT QUARTET OF THE HEARTSTRINGS PROGRAM
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The Rhapsodie Quartet brings together some of the brightest stars of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. More than just a string quartet, the ensemble is the resident ensemble of the MSO’s award-winning HeartStrings Community Engagement Program. United in their mission, the members of the quartet create a fusion of talent, passion and heart in their performances.
SOME OF THE MSO'S BEST PLAYERS
Violinist Suzanne Beia is co-concertmaster of the MSO and second violinist for the famed Pro Arte Quartet. Violist Christopher Dozoryst is our principal violist, Karl Lavine is our principal cellist and Laura Burns is a member of our first violin section.
FIRST INTERNATIONAL TOUR
In June, 2013, the quartet made its first international tour to Germany for performances in Wiesbaden and Freiburg, Germany. The group was appointed the official Cultural Ambassadors for the 25th anniversary Freiburg Sister City Festival and performed at the opening ceremonies for the festival. In addition to other recitals in both cities, MSO Director of Education and Community Engagement Michelle Kaebisch and the quartet conducted HeartStrings sessions at Freiburg University's Cancer Center and at another medical center in Weisbaden. Other recital venues included the Kaisersall at Freiburg’s historic Kaufhaus and the Mozartzall in the Bishop's Palace. The repertoire for the tour was Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 76 No. 5; Charles Ives’s String Quartet No. 1; and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden.”
THE MEMBERS OF THE QUARTET
SUZANNE BEIA VIOLIN I
Suzanne Beia holds the positions of co-concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and second violinist in the Pro Arte Quartet. Since her solo debut at the age of 14 with the North Lake Tahoe Symphony, she has performed on numerous occasions as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Germany. Before coming to Madison, Suzanne served as principal second violin in the Wichita Symphony and has served as concertmaster with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and Chamber Symphony of San Francisco. She also served as assistant concertmaster in the New World Symphony. Her chamber music experience has been extensive; she has been invited to perform in numerous festivals such as Chamber Music West, Telluride Chamber Music Festival, Token Creek Festival, Festival de Prades, and Chamber Music at the Barn. Suzanne has served on the faculties of the Rocky Ridge Music Center and Florida International University. Her major teachers have included Theodore Madsen, Roy Malan, Jorja Fleezanis and David Perry.
LAURA BURNS VIOLIN II
Laura Burns received a double bachelor’s degree with honors in music education and violin performance from University of Wisconsin-Madison and, as a student of David Perry, completed a Master of Music degree in violin performance in 2007. She is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Laura has performed at the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival and with the Oakwood Chamber Players and Con Vivo. A dedicated pedagogue, Laura has taught middle and elementary school strings in Madison and Oregon, Wisconsin, and has taught and conducted at the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic and the Prelude Music Academy. She recently took part in Music Makers, a program that offers violin instruction to economically disadvantaged children. Laura is an adjunct faculty member at Edgewood College and maintains a private studio in Oregon. Her teachers have included Martha Blum, Norman Paulu, Tyrone Greive and David Perry.
CHRISTOPHER DOZORYST VIOLA
Christopher Dozoryst is principal violist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Previously, he was a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic and Light Opera Works orchestras. Chris has also performed with the Elgin Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony, Ars Viva, Chicago Sinfonietta, Mozart Sinfonia, and Chicagoland Pops. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from UW-Madison in 1997 and his Master of Music in viola performance from Carnegie-Mellon University in 2000. His teachers have included Louis Rosove, Sally Chisholm, and Atar Arad.
KARL LAVINE CELLO
Karl Lavine is principal cellist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of the Milwaukee-based Present Music, an ensemble dedicated to performing newly-composed music; he has recorded many compositions with Present Music along with solo repertoire. Karl appears regularly at John and Rose Mary Harbison’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin. He is the cellist for the Kepler Quartet, a string quartet that developed through performances of the works of composer Ben Johnston. With the help of a generous grant from the Aaron Copland Recording Foundation, the Kepler Quartet has released the first of three discs devoted to the complete string quartets of Johnston on New World Records. Karl has held faculty positions at Luther College and Illinois Wesleyan University, and he currently maintains a private studio in Madison.