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Four world class professionals make up the Artisan Quartet: Richard Kilmer and Paula E. Bird (violins), Bruce Williams (viola), and Douglas Harvey (cello). Between these four musicians, they have performed on six continents and half the United States. Members of the Austin Symphony and other various organizations in Central Texas, the Artisan members bring a wealth of experience and variety to their music making.

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The ARTISAN QUARTET SERIES third season continues in a matter of weeks presented by the Artisan Quartet and Riverbend Centre. After a two-season partnership with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, we are now teamed up with Riverbend Centre to present three concert pairs on the Artisan Quartet Series this season. As with the first two seasons of the Series, concerts on "Artisan Thursday" are still in the wonderful acoustics of the Smith Family Chapel on the campus of Riverbend Church. This season however, we have added three Saturday evening performances in the intimate setting of the Blackerby Violin Shop Recital Hall. Click on "Schedule" above for all the details on these and other concerts and to buy tickets on line. ALL TICKETS FOR THE ARTISAN SERIES ARE NOW ONLY $20!

We extend a very special thanks to violinist Caleb Hans Polashek and Ashley Cooper for filling in for Paula this summer as she rehabed that broken arm and shoulder. Both players did a fabulous job and we had a great time working with them. Thankfully, Paula is on the road to a full recovery but it is nice to know that there is such talent and energy in our community!

Full text of House Resolution 703:

By: Naishtat H.R. No. 703

WHEREAS, Since 2009, the Artisan Quartet of Austin has been
delighting audiences with its spirited performances of string
quartets by classical and contemporary composers, and the group is
being featured in two concerts during the 2012-2013 season of the
Austin Symphony; and

WHEREAS, The origins of this distinguished ensemble date back
to the late 1980s, when violinist Richard Kilmer and violist Bruce
Williams joined with two other musicians to form the Austin String
Quartet, which was then renamed the Camilli Quartet; over the next
few years, this lineup performed 40 of classical music's greatest
string quartets, ranging from pieces by Beethoven to Bartok; and

WHEREAS, After the two other members accepted positions
overseas, Mr. Kilmer and Mr. Williams continued to perform
informally with a variety of musicians as the Austin String
Quartet, and during those years, cellist Douglas Harvey became a
regular member of the group; and

WHEREAS, The Artisan Quartet was created in 2009 with the
addition of violinist Paula E. Bird, and since then, the group has
performed in many places around Central Texas, including the
Victoria Bach Festival, the Blanco Performing Arts Association
Concert Series, the Twilight Concert Series in Jonestown and Lago
Vista, the Saint Cecilia Music Series in Austin, and the Salon
Concert Series in San Antonio; in addition to the great Classical
era string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, the group
regularly plays pieces by the great Romantic composers Tchaikovsky,
Grieg, and Borodin, as well as modern works by Philip Glass and
Roberto Sierra; and

WHEREAS, In March 2012, the quartet made its Carnegie Hall
debut in New York, playing before a sold-out crowd in the Weill
Recital Hall Chamber and Solo Music Series, and members of the
ensemble are nearing the end of the two-year Genius at Play series,
in which they are performing a complete cycle of all the Beethoven
string quartets; during the 2012-2013 season of the Austin
Symphony, the Artisan Series is featuring these four gifted
musicians in two performances in the Smith Family Chapel at
Riverbend Church; and

WHEREAS, For the past four years, the Artisan String Quartet
has helped to show that Austin is indeed the Live Music Capital of
the World in more ways than one, and their stirring performances in
Austin, across Texas, and around the nation continue to add to their
growing reputation among classical music lovers everywhere; now,
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
Legislature hereby honor Richard Kilmer, Bruce Williams, Douglas
Harvey, and Paula E. Bird of the Artisan Quartet for their talent
and dedication and extend to them sincere best wishes for continued
success; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
prepared for the group as an expression of high regard by the Texas
House of Representatives.

The Artisan Quartet shops at the Blackerby Violin Shop for all our string playing needs.