Join us for "20th century pieces for woodwinds and piano."

Enjoyable, infrequently performed 20th century works for woodwinds and piano make up the fourth program in The Chicago Ensemble’s 40th subscription series. Performers include Susan Levitin, flute; Ricardo Castañeda, Oboe; Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet; and Gerald Rizzer, piano.

The program is presented at two locations:
Fourth Presbyterian Church 126 E. Chestnut – Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 pm
International House 1414 E. 59th St. – Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 pm

Included in the program are works scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano by French composers Darius Milhaud, his Sonata dating from 1918, and Jean-Michel Damase, his Quartet from 1992. Milhaud’s use of bitonality (projecting two different keys simultaneously) as well as his fascination with blues and Brazilian rhythms are in evidence in this Sonata, while the Damase Quartet shows the 20th century French penchant for light, very accessible music.

Two pieces by English composers are also part of the program: Gordon Jacob’s Trio from 1958, written in neo-Baroque style and scored for flute, oboe and piano, and Malcolm Arnold’s playful Divertimento from 1952, scored for flute, oboe and clarinet.

Completing The Chicago Ensemble’s characteristically off-the-beaten track program is the 1952 Sonata No. 1 for clarinet and piano by the American composer Alvin Etler. Jazz-like chromatic harmonies impart to this sonata great intensity.

Single tickets are $25, $10 for students. A complimentary reception precedes the program at both locations. Rizzer, the group’s artistic director, provides informal verbal commentary before each piece.

If you wish to make a contribution for the 40th season, please contact us:

We look forward to having you join us for the 40th season.

Listen to our music: Walter Piston: Three pieces for woodwinds


The Chicago Ensemble continues its 40th season

The Chicago Ensemble's 40th season of Chicago-area subscription concerts continues. Not many small ensembles can claim a comparable longevity. In the 40th season, as in all the past years, The Chicago Ensemble audiences have had, and will continue to have, the opportunity to hear an extraordinary variety of chamber works presented in a congenial and informative setting.

Remaining programs for the season are:

  • April 4 and 9 – "20th century music for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano."
  • May 14 and 18 – "Music of the war years 1939-44 for violin, cello, and piano."

For the traditionalists, we had one program made up of music for strings and piano by Beethoven from each of his three style periods. In another program, music by Bach, Handel, Schumann, and Dvořák was heard.

Innovative and colorful works by great composers of the 20th century are featured in two programs: The March program -- with clarinet, strings, and piano -- holds music by Debussy, Prokofiev and Copland. The May program -- with violin, cello, and piano -- focuses on works written during the war years 1939-44 by Hindemith, Martinů, and Shostakovich.

Woodwinds and piano are heard in the April program, with little known, yet delightful pieces by 20th century French composers Darius Milhaud and Jean-Michel Damase and British composers Gordon Jacob and Malcolm Arnold.

Baroque music made up the first half and Romantic music the second half at the opening of The Chicago Ensemble's 40th season in November. From the Baroque era there were vocal duets by Handel and Purcell, along with Bach's B minor violin sonata. From the Romantic era vocal duets by Max Reger and Dvořák and Schumann's A Minor violin sonata were heard.

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. Season tickets are also availible.
Or see our order form to print out and mail your order.

Single Tickets: $25 general, $10 students, $100 full-season subscription
Ticket includes free reception beginning 30 minutes before each concert.

Each program in The Chicago Ensemble's five-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.

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.