March is the Time for Trios!

The Chicago Ensemble’s third program in its 41st season offers a Mozart trio for clarinet, viola, and piano along, with trios by Carl Reinecke and Gordon Jacob. The concerts will take place Sunday, March 25, 2018 and Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Mozart’s admiration for the playing of a clarinetist whom he knew led to his composing several pieces featuring that instrument. The trio for clarinet, viola, and piano mellows in character as this combination would seem to suggest and has invited other composers to contribution to this genre.

Reinecke’s trio, a German Romantic work in A Major, op. 264, is one of his most admirable compositions, although it was written after the composer turned 80. The style is somewhat like Schumann’s – expressive, passionate, and consummately well-crafted.

Jacob’s trio dates from 1969. As a British composer who studied with Vaughan-Williams, Jacob was particularly adept at writing for winds. This trio looks to music of the Baroque period for a model.

Performers include pianist Gerald Rizzer, the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, with Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet, and Rose Armbrust Griffin, viola. The Chicago Ensemble presents “Chicago’s most venerable and reportorially adventurous chamber music series,” according to Lawrence Johnson in Chicago Classical Review.

See below for an overview of future concerts during the 41st season.

Concerts are presented Sunday afternoons at 3:00 at International House on the University of Chicago campus and Tuesdays at 7:30 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, a block from the Water Tower on North Michigan Avenue. Concerts are preceded by a complimentary reception. Gerald Rizzer offers verbal commentary about each piece.

Tickets are $30 ($10 students). For further information, contact The Chicago Ensemble at (773) 558-3448 or

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Sample our music.

Listen to our music: Carl Reinecke: Trio in Bb Major, op. 274


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An Overview of the Rest of the Season

Rizzer plays harpsichord in April. During the first half Baroque Instrumental ensembles with flute, oboe, violin, and cello by Vivaldi and Fasch and vocal works by Alessandro Scarlatti and Handel. During the second half, 20th century works, featuring American composer Dominick Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs with Ms. Areyzaga, soprano, and instrumental ensemble, as well as Martinů’s neo-classical Promenades for flute, cello and piano and tango composer Piazzola’s Café 1930 for oboe and cello.

The season concludes with piano trios – Beethoven’s op. 1 no. 1 in Eb Major, a masterwork which astonished the Viennese aristocrats who heard the composer’s debut concert, and Brahms’ Trio No. 2 in C Major, op. 87, a work of intense passion.

This season there will be a concert of winning pieces from the 9th round of The Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America” competition for new chamber works. The pieces, selected from over 400 submissions, and the date of the program will be announced.

The season also includes an all-day workshop for adult amateur chamber music players March 18.

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Ticket Information for Performances

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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.
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Single Tickets: $30 general, $10 students
Ticket includes free reception beginning 30 minutes before each concert.

Each program in The Chicago Ensemble's 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.