The Chicago Ensemble to turn 40 (with your help)

"Lively, offbeat programming" — John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

This Saturday evening, September 245:30-7:30, we are having a celebration to launch the 40th season. With wine, hors d’oeuvres and a potpourri of music played by members of The Chicago Ensemble, it takes place in the musical instrument Workshop of Eric Swanson, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 404.

Tickets for our anniversary party are no longer on sale, but you can still attend our upcoming season concerts, and even get season tickets.

If you wish to make a contribution to help launch the 40th season, please let us know by:

We hope your summer has been enjoyable and look forward to having you join us for the 40th season.


Listen to our music: Bach's Cantata 78


The Chicago Ensemble announces its 40th season concert programs

The Chicago Ensemble is entering its 40th season of Chicago-area subscription concerts. Not many small ensembles can claim a comparable longevity. In the 40th season, as in all the past years, The Chicago Ensemble audiences will have the opportunity to hear an extraordinary variety of chamber works presented in a congenial and informative setting.

For the traditionalists, one program is made up of music for strings and piano by Beethoven from each of his three style periods. In another program, music by Bach, Handel, Schumann and Dvořák is heard.

Innovative and colorful works by great composers of the 20th century are featured in two programs: The March program-- with clarinet, strings and piano-- holds music by Debussy, Prokofiev and Copland. The May program-- with violin, cello and piano-- focuses on works written during the war years 1939-44 by Hindemith, Martinů and Shostakovich.

Woodwinds and piano are heard in the April program, with little known, yet delightful pieces by 20th century French composers Darius Milhaud and Jean-Michel Damase and British composers Gordon Jacob and Malcolm Arnold.

Baroque music makes up the first half and Romantic music the second half to open The Chicago Ensemble's 40th season in November. From the Baroque era there are vocal duets by Handel and Purcell, along with Bach's B minor violin sonata. From the Romantic era vocal duets by Max Reger and Dvořák and Schumann's A Minor violin sonata are heard.

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 Subscriptions
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.