Masterworks for Piano Trio!

Masterworks for piano trio by Schubert and Schumann, as well as other works by these composers, make up The Chicago Ensemble’s program Sunday, January 13, 3:00 at International House, 1414 E. 59th St., repeated Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St. The two trios, No. 1 in Bb Major of Schubert and No. 2 in F Major by Schumann, rank among the greatest works for this instrumental combination. The two composers were also unequalled masters of songs for voice and piano.

Jaime Gorgojo is the violinist, making his first appearance with The Chicago Ensemble; Andrew Snow, who has played with The Chicago Ensemble for many seasons, is the cellist; and the group’s Artistic Director, Gerald Rizzer, is the pianist. Performing the songs is soprano Michelle Areyzaga, well-known to Chicago audiences and a long-time member of The Chicago Ensemble, with Rizzer playing the accompaniments.

This program of German Romantic music is part of The Chicago Ensemble’s ambitious 42nd season, which holds, in addition to the variety of programs on the group’s regular concert series, four programs of winning works from The Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America:” competition for new chamber music, presented Saturday afternoons at PianoForte in the South Loop.

The next program in the “Discover America” series is February 2 at 4:00. Winning works selected from 430 submissions to the Ensemble’s “Discover America IX” competition comprise the series of three additional programs during the 42nd season of The Chicago Ensemble.

The Chicago Ensemble’s 42nd season is underway.  While the group presents an unusually diversified repertoire, it has always been committed to the discovery and encouragement of American composers. The first Discover America call for scores took place in 1992. Pieces selected in Discover America I through VIII were presented in special new music concerts, as part of the regular subscription series and on live radio broadcasts. Several works were reprogrammed in subsequent seasons. This season is the first that an entire series of winning works is being presented.

Individual tickets are $30. Subscribers can attend the four Discover America programs and the four eclectic programs. Each program has a different combination of piano, strings, woodwinds, and voice.

Dates of the remaining programs are:
Discover America: February 2, March 30, April 20
Eclectic: March 10/12 and June 4/9

Click here for the Discover America program book for the entire series with composer bios, photos, and description of their pieces.

For full details, view the current season.

The group’s Artistic director and pianist is Gerald Rizzer. The Chicago Ensemble presents “Chicago’s most venerable and reportorially adventurous chamber music series,” according to Lawrence Johnson in Chicago Classical Review.

Programs I, II, III, and IV are presented Sunday afternoons at 3:00 at International House on the University of Chicago campus and Tuesday evenings at 7:30 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, a block from the Water Tower on North Michigan Avenue. Programs A, B, C, and D are presented Saturday afternoons at 4:00 (2:00pm April 20) at PianoForte in the south loop. Concerts are preceded by a complimentary reception. Gerald Rizzer offers verbal commentary about each piece.

Tickets are $30 ($10 students). Subscriptions available: Eight ticket subscription for $150 or Five ticket subscription for $120. For further information, contact The Chicago Ensemble at (773) 558-3448 or

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.


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An Overview of what's to come in the 42nd Season

Winning works from The Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America IX” competition are to be featured in the programming of the group’s 2018-2019 season. The pieces were selected from 430 submissions.

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Ticket Information for Performances

For tickets or to receive a brochure:
Phone: (773) 558-3448
Online: Click the event date on our season details page to buy tickets, or visit our Brown Paper Tickets overview page.
Or see our order form to print out and mail your order.

Single Tickets: $30 general, $10 students/Subscriptions: $150 8-ticket, $120 5-ticket
Ticket includes free reception beginning 30 minutes before each concert.

Each program in The Chicago Ensemble's concert subscription series is presented at Fourth Presbyterian Church, a block from the Water Tower, and at International House, on the University of Chicago campus. "Discover America" concerts are presented Saturday afternoons at 4:00pm (2:00pm on April 20) at Pianoforte in the south loop.

A complimentary reception precedes each program. The Artistic Director, Gerald Rizzer, introduces the works on the program with informative comments.

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