Founded in Belgium in 1912, the Pro Arte Quartet played their American debut in 1926, and made many subsequent international tours to and around the United States. Their first visit to Madison was in 1938, and two years later they became stranded in Madison by the outbreak of World War II. Following their concert, the University of Wisconsin chancellor offered a permanent home to the quartet - the first such residency ever in a major American university -- and the rest is history. Today, in addition to widely acclaimed performances of standard classical repertoire, the Pro Arte continues its tradition of championing new music. Now you can see them perform in their adopted home city at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.