Orion Ensemble announces 2011-12 season

Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Orion Ensemble opens its 19th season September 25 with a mostly Spanish program.

The Orion Ensemble has announced its 2011-2012 season, which will include Spanish music, a jazz-tinged program and a tribute to women composers.

The group’s 19th season opens September 25 with “Spanish Flair.” The program includes piano trios by Gaspar Cassadó and Enrique Granados, as well as Aram Khachaturian’s Clarinet Trio and Three Pieces for solo clarinet by Igor Stravinsky. “Classical Romance,” opening Nov. 20, offers Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio and Ghost Piano Trio as well as Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat Major.

In March, Orion will present a program of works by women composers including Silver Dagger by Stacy Garrop, Louise Farrenc’s Trio in E-flat Major, Phyllis Tate’s Air and Variations and Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor.

Guest pianist Miguel de la Cerna will join the Orion members for a newly commissioned work  in the final program, “All that Jazz,” opening May 6. The program will also include Fauré’s Piano Quartet and an arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for clarinet and piano by Timofei Dokshitser.

The Orion Ensemble performs each of its four programs at Ganz Memorial Hall at Roosevelt University, the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, and Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva.

Single tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students; children 12 and younger are free. A four-ticket subscription provides a 10 percent savings on full-priced tickets. Call 630-628-9591 or visit orionensemble.org.

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