Live Music: Cello Treasures – ProMusica Minnesota

    March 15th, 2022

    ProMusica Minnesota concludes its sixth season of chamber music in New Ulm with Cello Treasures in concert featuring renowned cellist Parry Karp. Joining Karp is ProMusica’s Artistic Director Bethel Balge. Together, the duo will perform Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major and Brahms’ Sonata in F Major. The edifying and diverse concert will also feature the uncommon gems Lamentations: Black/Folk Song Suite for solo cello by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and Sonata for Solo Cello by the recently deceased George Crumb.

    Cellist Parry Karp is Artist-in Residence and the Graebner Professor of Chamber Music and Cello, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 45 years, the longest tenure of any member in the quartet’s over 100 year history. Karp is an active solo artist, performing numerous recitals annually in the United States, and has recorded six solo CDs. Unearthing and performing unjustly neglected repertoire for cello is a passion of Mr. Karp’s. In recent years he has transcribed for cello many masterpieces written for other instruments.

    The 75-minute concert will be performed without an intermission. Tickets are $20 for individuals and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased from or in person on the day of the event.

    In addition to the concert on March 27th, Karp will present a Master Class to high-level student chamber music ensembles on Saturday, March 26th at 10am in the Chapel of the Christ at Martin College. This master class is an opportunity for these selected students to receive direct and expert coaching from a world-renowned musician. The event is free and open to the public for observation. Students and community members alike are welcome to join and learn from this rare and valuable experience.

    This concert is made possible through grants from the New Ulm Area Foundation, the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.