Orion Ensemble 25th SEASON Preview – 25 Years of Chamber Music

The Orion Ensemble celebrates its 25th year with four concert programs at venues across the Chicagoland area. The group, comprised of clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle, violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, cellist Judy Stone, and pianist Diana Schmück, will be joined by a variety of guest musicians as they perform old favorites and a world premier.

Guest violinist Mathias Tacke Photo courtesy of the Orion Ensemble
(Left to right) Florentina Ramniceanu, Diana Schmück, Judy Stone, Kathryne Pirtle Photo: Cornelia Babbitt

The season’s opener “A Beautiful Oboe and Friends,” featuring Alex Klein on oboe and Robert Kassinger on bass, includes compositions by Mozart and Prokofiev. Their second program, “Let’s Tango,” includes works by Bernstein and Schumann. In honor of their 25th year, the group will debut a composition by Sebastian Huydts at their third concert program “Old Meets New.” The group will be joined by Mathias Tacke for their fourth and final concert program “Quintessential Quintets.”

Throughout the season, Orion will continue to work with music departments in Chicago and its suburbs as part of an educational initiative called Janet’s Stage.

Photo: Cornelia Babbitt


PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago

Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston

First Baptist Church of Geneva-Chapelstreet Church, 2300 South Street in Geneva


Wednesdays on 9/27, 11/8, 3/7, and 5/23 at 7:30 p.m.  in Chicago

Sundays on 10/1, 11/12, 3/11, and 5/27 at 7:30 p.m. in Evanston

Sundays on 9/24, 11/5, 3/4, and 5/3 at 7:00 p.m. in Geneva


$26 for adults, $23 for seniors, $10 for students, free for children 12 and under

For tickets and more information, visit the Orion Ensemble website.

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