The Orion Ensemble returns to the Levin Performance Studio along with guest violist Stephen Boe for a program entitled Connections.
QUARTET in A Minor for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (1876) Gustav Mahler
TRIO for Piano, Violin, and Cello (1921)
Moderato ma appassionato
Andante molto semplice
PRELUDE, ALLEGRO and PASTORALE for Clarinet and Viola (1941)
Prelude: Andante semplice
Pastorale: Poco lento
CONNECTIONS for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (2001)
Pensive, but not too slow
Dolce con brio
(Written for the Orion Ensemble)
FROM THE ARTISTS’ WEBSITE
Recognized as one of Chicago’s finest chamber music groups, the ORION ENSEMBLE is celebrating its 20th season. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune calls Orion “one of Chicago’s most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles.” With the possibilities inherent in its unique combination of instruments—piano, string trio and clarinet—Orion offers exciting interpretations of standard repertoire, introduces audiences to rarely performed masterpieces and inspires composers with commissions for new works. Orion’s innovative programs feature diverse works by composers ranging from Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to William Bolcom, Chick Corea, Paul Schoenfield and Augusta Read Thomas.
The Orion Ensemble boasts a roster of five superb musicians who have performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as an ensemble and individually in solo, orchestral and other chamber music roles. In Chicago, Orion presents a four-concert series in three venues, is heard regularly on the broadcast series “Live from WFMT” and appears frequently on the Chicago Cultural Center’s Lunchbreak Series “Classical Mondays.”