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      Orion Ensemble

      Orion Ensemble

      Orion Ensemble

      The Orion Ensemble returns to the Levin Performance Studio with a program entitled A Beautiful Oboe and Friends.

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
      QUARTET in F Major for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello K. 370/368b
      Rondeau: Allegro

      Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
      QUINTET for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Bass, Op. 39 (1924)
      Moderato: Theme and Variations
      Andante energico
      Allegro sostenuto, con brio
      Adagio pesante
      Allegro precipitato, ma non troppo presto

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
      Bass Oboe and Cello, K. 292/196c
      Rondo: Allegro

      Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
      QUINTET in A Major (“Trout”) for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano, Op. 114, D. 667
      Allegro vivace
      Scherzo: Presto
      Thema con variazioni: Andantino
      Allegro giusto



      Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin
      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 25th 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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