38th season of chamber concerts!


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


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


The Chicago Ensemble's 38th season finale is a concert of (mostly) music related to Paris.


The concerts will happen on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30 pm at the new chapel of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chestnut Street west of Michigan Avenue, and Sunday, June 7 at the University of Chicago’s International House, 1414 E. 59th Street.


The program opens with a cantata aria by Bach, who most definitely was not French. It has two obbligato instruments, flute –played by Susan Levitin – and violin --  played by Olga Kaler, interweaving contrapuntally with the soprano – sung by Michelle Areyzaga – and supported by continuo –played by pianist Gerald Rizzer, the artistic director of the Ensemble.

The rest of the program relates to Paris.  French composers Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, and Jacques Ibert are represented by the sensuous violin sonata which Debussy wrote in 1917 at the end of his life; a group of songs by Poulenc, who was  arguably the finest composer of art songs in the 20th century; and Ibert’s charming, Spanish-influenced  Deux Interludes (1948) for flute and violin.

Martinu was a Czech composer who studied with Roussel in Paris. His Madrigal Sonata (1942) for flute, violin and piano takes its inspiration from the Baroque trio-sonata, the “madrigal” title notwithstanding. Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos was in Paris at the same time as Martinu. (Paris in the 1920s drew artists from all over the world.) His Suite (1923) for soprano and violin is a delightful, exotically colorful set of three songs.


Mark Zuckerman is a winner of The Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America” competition. His Ménagerie (2001) is a song cyle for soprano, flute and piano, set to whimsical poems about animals which were written by French poet Robert Denos during World War II.





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