Join us for "The greatness of Beethoven: Music from each of his style periods.”

The second program in The Chicago Ensemble’s 40th season takes place Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm at International House on the University of Chicago campus and Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the new chapel of Fourth Presbyterian Church on North Michigan Avenue.

Appearing in the January programs are violinist Alin Cernaianu, new to the group; veteran cellist Andrew Snow; and pianist Gerald Rizzer, who is the group’s artistic director.

January’s program holds works for strings and piano illustrating each of the composer’s three style periods. The piano trio in G Major is the second of three trios published as op. 1.  Haydn, who had been Beethoven’s teacher, was present at the first performance. Quite Haydnesque is this trio’s playful good humor; in it Beethoven displays complete mastery of Classical forms.  Sonata no.3 in A Major, op. 69, is the most popular of Beethoven’s five cello and piano sonatas, the only one composed in his middle period. It holds some of the composer’s most lyrical music. The violin and piano sonata #10, op. 96 in G Major, is the only one Beethoven wrote in his late period. Contrasting markedly with #9 -- the vigorous, much more frequently performed “Kreutzer” -- the character of the tenth is gentle and serene.

Single tickets are $25. A subscription to the four programs being presented January – May is $80.

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

Listen to our music: Bach's Cantata 78


The Chicago Ensemble announces its 40th season concert programs

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

For the traditionalists, one program is 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 is 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 makes up the first half and Romantic music the second half to open The Chicago Ensemble's 40th season in November. From the Baroque era there are 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 are heard.

Ticket Information for Performances

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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.
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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.