Listen to WUWM ‘Lake Effect’ Programs featuring the Fine Arts Quartet

On Friday Jan 30th, The Quartet can be heard playing and talking on WUWM Lake Effect. The next episode of Robert Cohen’s ‘On That Note’ series on Lake Effect with Bonnie North, will be aired on Monday February 2nd. ‘On That Note’ episodes air every first Monday of the month. You can listen live or on line or download them as podcasts to listen to at your convenience.
Listen to prior editions of Robert Cohen’s series – On that Note – on WUWM Radio’s Lake Effect On-Line – Links below:

On That Note: Inside Look At The Life of A Professional Musician …
Oct 6, 2014 … It’s a monthly conversation about music with internationally renowned cellist Robert Cohen. He’s been the cellist for the Milwaukee-based Fine …
It’s a monthly conversation about music with internationally renowned cellist Robert Cohen. He’s been the cellist for the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet for almost three years, but as we’ll soon hear, music has been a part of his life since he was small.
Cohen will join us for some wide-ranging conversations about the unique realities of being a professional musician – from traveling with a cello to the realities of a recording studio to what it’s like to step out on the concert stage.
Today, though, we get his back story – he explains to Bonnie North how the cello became part of his life.

http://wuwm.com/post/note-inside-look-life-professional-musician

On That Note: Calling “Mr. A. Cello” | WUWM
Nov 3, 2014 … Lake Effect’s monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen explores the great nemesis of musicians everywhere …
Lake Effect’s Bonnie North speaks with cellist Robert Cohen about the difficulties of traveling as a musician.
The travel involved in being a touring musician might sound glamorous and exotic, but the reality is far more mundane.
Lake Effect’s monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen explores the great nemesis of musicians everywhere – long-distance travel.
Cohen says it’s a little like being a gypsy.
“Just flying about all the time, never being in one place for very long, it’s quite disorientating,” he says. “It takes me several days to adjust to being somewhere new, and very rarely do I have that time.”
And of course, where Cohen goes, his cello is there by his side. “I have it with me all the time, in fact, it never leaves my side. I need to wake up in the middle of the night and just look into the room and see the cello is there,” he says.

http://wuwm.com/post/note-calling-mr-cello

On That Note: Reading Music Like A Book | WUWM
Dec 1, 2014 … Lake Effect’s monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical …
Lake Effect’s Bonnie North speaks with cellist Robert Cohen about the process of reading and learning a new piece of music.
Lake Effect’s monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical musician.
This month, Bonnie North explores how cellist Robert Cohen approaches learning a new piece of music. Even though he’s been playing professionally for many years, that doesn’t mean he’s played everything that’s been written for the cello…
“When you have experience, you can read it as though it were words and sounds,” Cohen says. “So when your looking at the dots on the page, they actually start to sing in your head.”

http://wuwm.com/post/note-reading-music-book

On That Note: The Art Of Performance | WUWM
Jan 5, 2015 … Lake Effect’s monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical …
Bonnie North speaks with cellist Robert Cohen about how the act of performing in front of an audience makes him feel.
Lake Effect’s monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical musician.
This month, Bonnie North talks with cellist Robert Cohen about taking on the performance platform itself. He shares both his success stories and his scares, both have which taught him valuable lessons.
“The feeling of being on the platform…of playing and not being in control and not really knowing what I was doing was just terrible, and it was terrifying, and it was so negative that I swore to myself this would never ever happen again,” Cohen says. “And I have to say it hasn’t really ever happened again. I just make sure that my preparation is such that I can get on a platform and say, ‘I’m calm and I know what to do.’ But having said that, I think it is a very complicated process.”

http://wuwm.com/post/note-art-performance

Fri September 19, 2014
Violinist Ralph Evans and cellist Robert Cohen of the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet spoke with Bonnie North ahead of their season-opening concert this weekend.
On Sunday, the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet will play its first concert of the 2014-2015 season.

The concert is unique for the quartet, because it features a single piece of music – an arrangement of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ.

The work is in nine movements,and features a guest soprano, along with the quartet, including their newest member violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez.

The next most recent member, cellist Robert Cohen, and longest-serving member, violinist Ralph Evans, spoke with Lake Effect’s Bonnie North and talked about the challenge of choosing the right person to bring into to the group.

“To choose somebody to go into a quartet is an extraordinarily difficult thing because there’s four people married, really, spending more time together than they do with their own wives or husbands,” Cohen says. “And to have somebody join that group is emotionally very difficult and it’s also a very precise position to be in.”

http://wuwm.com/post/milwaukees-fine-arts-quartet-opens-season-new-member

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