The Chicago Ensemble Announces its 41st Season

On November 19 and 21, the 41st season of The Chicago Ensemble’s eclectic series of chamber music concerts unfolds with a program of vocal duets and violin sonatas. Olga Kaler, violinist, and Gerald Rizzer, pianist, present both Mozart’s lyrical Eb Major sonata, K. 302 and the brilliant sonata by French composer Francis Poulenc, written during the World War II years. Mozart and Poulenc both have the ability to move quickly, yet convincingly, from light-hearted to poignant music.

Michelle Areyzaga, soprano, and Stacy Eckert, mezzo-soprano, will grace the room along with Rizzer on piano in duets from the late Baroque composer Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, considered his finest piece, as well as duets by Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

Concerts are presented Sunday afternoons at 3:00 at International House on the University of Chicago campus and Tuesdays at 7:30 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, a block from the Water Tower on North Michigan Avenue. Concerts are preceded by a complimentary reception. Gerald Rizzer offers verbal commentary about each piece

Tickets are $30 ($10 students). Subscriptions are $120, a 20% saving over single tickets. For further information, contact the Chicago Ensemble at (773) 558-3448 or

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An Overview of the Rest of the Season

The January concerts hold quartets for piano and strings by Mozart—Eb Major K. 493 – and by Czech composers – Martinů’s from 1944 and Dvořák’s D Major, op. 23.

In March, trios for clarinet, viola and piano are heard – Mozart’s in Eb Major, K. 498, which is well-known, along with rarely heard pieces by British 20th century composer Gordon Jacob and 19th century German Romantic composer Carl Reinecke.

Rizzer plays harpsichord in April. During the first half Baroque Instrumental ensembles with flute, oboe, violin, and cello by Vivaldi and Fasch and vocal works by Alessandro Scarlatti and Handel. During the second half, 20th century works, featuring American composer Dominick Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs with Ms. Areyzaga, soprano, and instrumental ensemble, as well as Martinů’s neo-classical Promenades for flute, cello and piano and tango composer Piazzola’s Café 1930 for oboe and cello.

The season concludes with piano trios – Beethoven’s op. 1 no. 1 in Eb Major, a masterwork which astonished the Viennese aristocrats who heard the composer’s debut concert, and Brahms’ Trio No. 2 in C Major, op. 87, a work of intense passion.

This season there will be a concert of winning pieces from the 9th round of The Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America” competition for new chamber works. The pieces, selected from over 400 submissions, and the date of the program will be announced.

The season also includes an all-day workshop for adult amateur chamber music players March 18.

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

Single Tickets: $30 general, $10 students, $120 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.