2016-2017 Season

Five Sundays in Hyde Park, International House, 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois
Five Tuesdays in Gold Coast, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, Illinois

Join The Chicago Ensemble for its 40th season of eclectic classical chamber music performances, featuring Gerald Rizzer, artistic director/piano, and leading Chicago artists. Every concert offers a wide-ranging program of beloved masterworks, rarely heard gems and contemporary works by composers around the world. Enjoy an intimate setting, complimentary reception and informal spoken program notes that provide the perfect chamber music experience.

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Program I: Half and Half: Baroque and Romantic - vocal and violin

Sunday, November 13 – 3pm International House
Tuesday, November 15 – 7:30pm Fourth Presbyterian Church

  • G. F. Handel
    Italian cantata: No, di voi non fidarmi, HWV 190
    For soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano
  • J.S. Bach
    Sonata No. 1 in B Mior, BWV 1014
    For violin and piano
  • Henry Purcell
    Selected duets
    For soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano
  • Max Reger
    Duets, op. 111a
    For soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano

  • Robert Schumann
    Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, op. 105
    For violin and piano
  • Antonin Dvořák
    Moravian Duets. op. 32
    For soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano

Program II: The greatness of Beethoven - music from each of his style periods

Sunday, January 8 – 3pm International House
Tuesday, January 10 – 7:30pm Fourth Presbyterian Church

  • L. van Beethoven
    Sonata No. 10 in G Major, op. 96
    For violin and piano
  • L. van Beethoven
    Sonata No. 3 in A Major, op. 69
    For cello and piano
  • L. van Beethoven
    Trio No. 2 in G Major, op. 2 no. 2
    For violin, cello and piano

Program III: Visionaries of the early 20th century and an overlooked German Romantic

Sunday, March 5 – 7pm International House (note starting time)
Tuesday, March 7 – 7:30pm Fourth Presbyterian Church

  • Aaron Copeland
    Sextet (1937)
    For clarinet, string quartet and piano
  • Claude Debussy
    Rhapsodie (1910)
    For clarinet and piano
  • Sergi Prokofiev
    Overture on Hebrew Themes, op. 34 (1919)
    For clarinet, string quartet and piano
  • Joachim Raff
    Quintet in A Minor, op. 107
    For string quartet and piano

Program IV: Woodwind adventure: audience-friendly 20th century discoveries

Tuesday, April 4 – 7:30pm Fourth Presbyterian Church
Sunday, April 9 – 3:00pm International House

  • Gordon Jacob
    Trio (1958)
    For flute, oboe, clarinet and piano
  • Darius Milhaud
    Sonata, op. 47 (1918)
    For flute, oboe, clarinet and piano
  • Malcom Arnold
    Divertimento, op. 37 (1952)
    For flute, oboe and clarinet
  • Alvin Etler
    Sonata No. 1 in Bb Major (1952)
    For flute, oboe, clarinet and piano
  • Jean-Michel Damase
    Quartet (1992)
    For flute, oboe, clarinet and piano

Program V: Masterpieces of the war years 1939-44

Sunday, May 14 – 3pm International House
Tuesday, May 16 – 7:30pm Fourth Presbyterian Church

  • Paul Hindemith
    Sonata in C Major (1939)
    For violin and piano
  • Bohuslav Martinů
    Sonata No. 2, H. 286 (1942)
    For cello and piano
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Trio No. 2 in E Minor, op. 67 (1944)
    For violin, cello, and piano