Dallas String Quartet to mark return of Civic Music on March 14

The Brown County Civic Music Association will host its first concert in two years when the Dallas String Quartet visits the Weidner Center for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2022.

Dallas String Quartet members are classically versed musicians who offer a fusion of contemporary classical and pop/rock selections, DSQ uses both traditional and electric strings performing as a quartet with the full accompaniment of drums and guitar.

The group is a late substitution for what was previously scheduled to be Civic Music’s opening performance of its spring 2022 season: a program for the same night and venue starring the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and their touring production of “Pirates of Penzance.” The company postponed its Midwest tour late last month amid uncertainty with the then-rising spread of the omicron Covid variant. “Pirates” will now play the Civic Music series next year, in March 2023.

Dallas String Quartet is a headliner in its own right, known for eclectic renditions of music as varied as “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N’ Roses’ and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen to familiar melodies by Bach or a medley from the Broadway music “Phantom of the Opera.” They’ve played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago and major symphony orchestras. In 2021 they were selected to perform at the wedding of celebrity couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.

Members are violist and composer Ion Zanca, violinists Eleanor Dunbar and Melissa Priller, bassist Young Heo, guitarist Anthony Plant and percussionist/drummer Efren Guzman.

Because of the delay in locking down the substitute concert on the schedule, Civic Music has announced that individual tickets to the March 14 DSQ concert will only be available at the door on concert night, at $25 adults or $10 students K-16. Patrons may also purchase a $55 “season ticket” ($20 K-16) to the Civic Music spring series.

The spring series consists of DSQ on March 14; Alliance Brass, April 9 at Cup O Joy auditorium; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with pianist Alessio Bax, May 15 at the Weidner. New subscribers will additionally receive complimentary tickets to two “make-up concerts” for those who held subscriptions to the pandemic-interrupted 2020 Civic Music season: Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, June 26 at the Historic Riverside Ballroom; and Washington Saxophone Quartet, Nov. 29 at Cup O Joy.