Pro Arte in Harvard Square

CAMBRIDGE, June 16, 2012 – Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston participated in this year’s Make Music Harvard Square, a street music festival organized by the Harvard Square Business Association and the Québec Delegation. The fifth annual event, which brought eight hours of live music to the Square, was inspired by the Fête de la Musique, a street music festival founded thirty years ago to celebrate the summer solstice and now spanning more than 300 cities across the globe.

Violinist and concertmaster Kristina Nilsson, principal second violinist Colin Davis, principal violist Anne Black and principal Cellist Steven Laven performed Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, and Tsintsadze’s Five Miniatures for String Quartet during Pro Arte’s scheduled one hour concert, which was free to the public.

“It was so nice to see people stopping by to enjoy classical music. Many people requested that they want more of this on a regular basis. It would be so nice if our daily lives were full of classical music!” said Meena Malik, Pro Arte’s general manager. “Cambridge has been a home for Pro Arte for 35 years. We’re just delighted to participate in this terrific event and share our music.” Pro Arte is New England’s only cooperative orchestra. Unlike most orchestras, cooperative musicians make the artistic decisions, including the concert schedule, and participate in setting the direction of the organization.

Weather cooperated and Pro Arte shared the spotlight with more than 70 musicians on 11 different stages around Harvard Square. Crowds grew at Winthrop Park as Pro Arte’s program got underway and passersby stopped to enjoy the music, people-watching and the summer breezes.