Composer Competition: Discover America IX

The Chicago Ensemble announces its “Discover America IX” call for scores.

Composers are invited to submit scores written in recent years. Selected works are likely to be programmed in the 2017-18 and 2018-2019 seasons. There is no monetary award.

Deadline: June 21, 2017 

Please visit for more details and complete submission instructions.


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The Chicago Ensemble 40th Anniversary Retrospective

Not many small ensembles can claim a comparable longevity.

Lawrence Johnson of Chicago Classic Review wrote an article about The Chicago Ensemble's 40 yearrs which appeared April 2017. He speaks of our concerts as “Chicago’s most venerable and repertorially adventurous chamber music series.” Commenting on how modest The Chicago Ensemble’s budget is, Mr. Johnson says: “Dollar for dollar, few offer more musical variety.” 

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Ticket Information for Performances

For tickets or to receive a brochure:
Phone: (773) 558-3448
Online: Click the event date on our season details page to buy tickets, or visit our Brown Paper Tickets overview page. Season tickets are also availible.
Or see our order form to print out and mail your order.

Single Tickets: $25 general, $10 students, $100 full-season subscription
Ticket includes free reception beginning 30 minutes before each concert.

Each program in The Chicago Ensemble's five-concert subscription series is presented at Fourth Presbyterian Church, a block from the Water Tower, and at International House, on the University of Chicago campus.

A complimentary reception precedes each program. The artistic director, Gerald Rizzer, introduces the works on the program with informative comments.

Not sure of your schedule? Tickets are good for any concert, whenever and wherever you want to experience The Chicago Ensemble.