Orion Ensemble

November 18, 2019, 8:00 pm

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A favorite of WFMT listeners, the Orion Ensemble returns for a live performance from the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio performing works by Bernhard Crusell, Frank Bridge, Robert Xavier Rodríguez, and Franz Schubert.

Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin
Judy Sone, Cello
Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet
Diana Schmück, Piano
Stephen Boe, Viola
Josh Graham, Marimba and Percussion

Recognized as one of Chicago’s finest chamber music groups, the ORION ENSEMBLE has been performing since 1992. 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 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.”

Biography courtesy of the artist’s website.

*On-demand audio featured on this site may have been edited in order to comply with U.S. copyright regulations.

  • Trio in B-Flat Major for Violin, Cello, and Piano, D. 898, by Franz Schubert
    Allegro moderato
    Andante un poco mosso
    Scherzo: Allegro
    Rondo: Allegro vivace

  • Quartet in C Minor for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op.4, by Bernhard Crusell
    Allegro molto agitato

  • Phantasie in F-sharp Minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, by Frank Bridge
    Andante con molto-Allegro vivace
    Listesso Tempo-Andante con moto