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      The Orion Ensemble

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      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) Rebecca Clarke
      Moderato ma appassionato
      Andante molto semplice
      Allegro vigoroso

      PRELUDE, ALLEGRO and PASTORALE for Clarinet and Viola (1941) Rebecca Clarke
      Prelude: Andante semplice
      Allegro vigoroso
      Pastorale: Poco lento

      CONNECTIONS for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (2001) Robert Kritz
      Allegro agitato
      Pensive, but not too slow
      Dolce con brio
      (Written for the Orion Ensemble)


      The Orion Ensemble

      Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin
      Jennifer Marlas, Viola
      Judy Stone, Cello
      Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet
      Diana Schmück, Piano

      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.”

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