38th season of chamber concerts!


Yes, 38th. Find out why people return year after year.


“Lively, offbeat programming”
John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune


“Uncommonly civilized and intelligent programs”
Lawrence Johnson, Chicago Classical Review


“Rich and full of life”
M. L. Rantala, Hyde Park Herald


This season's second concert happens on 2/10 and 3/8:

Haunting melodies and vivacious rhythms drawn from Czech folk music make Dvorák’s Piano Quintet one of the most beloved of chamber works. The Chicago Ensemble, now in its 38th season, offers this quintet as the featured piece on its second program of the season.


There are two opportunities to hear this program: Tuesday, February 10 at the new chapel of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chestnut and Michigan Avenue and Sunday, March 8 at 7:30 at the University of Chicago’s International House, 1414 E. 59th Street.


In the first half of the program, The Chicago Ensemble presents a characteristically varied and unusual selection of pieces. A concerto for oboe and strings, in E Minor, by the Baroque master Telemann opens the program. Following the Telemann piece is Henri Dutilleux’s Sonata for oboe and piano, written in 1947, early in the prominent French composer’s career. It displays the grace and refinement we associate with 20th century French music. Concluding the first half is a work by Gilad Cohen, a young Israeli composer, active in popular as well as classical music. He has been cited for music that is “fascinating, vibrant and drawing the ear as well as the heart”. Mr. Cohen’s Variations for oboe, strings and piano is a winning work in The Chicago Ensemble’s recent “Discover America” competition for new chamber works.

Performers are oboist Ricardo Castañeda, violinists Mathias Tacke and Rika Seko, violist Rose Armbrust Griffin, cellist Rebecca Zimmerman and pianist Gerald Rizzer, who is the group’s artistic director.


A complimentary reception precedes the program.


Because of inclement weather, it was necessary to cancel the concert of The Chicago Ensemble scheduled for February 1, at International House. Tickets can be used at our rescheduled performance on March 8 at 7:30 at the International House, or at any other performance this season.


Tickets are $25 single admission, $80 for a four-concert subscription.


The other programs in the series are:


May 22 and 24 – music for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, by Hindemith, Marc Satterwhite (“Discover America” winner) and d’Indy


May 3 and 5 – music for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, violin and piano, by Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Shostakovich and Bloch


June 2 and 7 – music for soprano, flute, violin and piano, by Bach, Debussy, Poulenc, Ibert, Martinu, Mark Zuckerman (“Discover America” winner) and Villa-Lobos




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$80 for four programs:  February-June

Can’t make one of the dates? Use your tickets at any concert.


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Single Tickets: $25 general, $10 students

Ticket includes free reception beginning 30 minutes before each concert.


Not sure of your schedule? Tickets are good for any concert, whenever and wherever you want to experience The Chicago Ensemble.

The Chicago Ensemble is partially supported by grants from The Pauls Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


Our NEW Highlights: 2009-2012 CD set is now available!


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet in F Major, K.370 Allegro.


To hear the Chicago Ensemble perform more music for oboe and strings, come to our next concert!

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