One Performance Only!
Live & Livestream Concert

3 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Sonata in D Minor for Clarinet and Piano (2016) is written by contemporary composer Michele Mangani (b. 1966). A clarinetist himself, Mangani has written extensively for the clarinet, bringing out the instrument's lyricism, virtuosity and rich palette of tonal colors. This is Orion's first performance of this work.

Trio in D Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano, Opus 32 by Anton Arensky (1861-1906), an Orion favorite, is an ultra-Romantic piece that exudes melody, pathos, brilliant technique and beautiful sound combinations. The final movement pulls ideas from the lyrical first movement, the playful second and the
elegiac third. 

Limited in-person tickets *
(advance purchase only)
* A limited number of people may attend at PianoForte Studios. Audience members must wear masks at all times. While family groups may sit together, different audience members/groups will be seated at least six feet apart. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available. All programming is subject to change.

The livestream will be available on Orion's YouTube channel.
Virtual access is free.
Donations are welcome and can be made on Orion's website.
The YouTube channel will also host a recording of the performance for a limited time.
Concert scheduled for May 22
Orion will perform its next live and livestream concert on Saturday, May 22 at
3 pm, also at PianoForte in Chicago. More details on programming will be
coming soon.

High school orchestra director praises impact
of Orion's remote partnership during pandemic
Orion musicians are continuing to work with students at Buffalo Grove, Geneva and Glenbard East high schools remotely, through master classes and coachings. Tim Fawkes, orchestra director at Glenbard East High School, praised Orion for adapting its work to remote learning.

"We are most pleased that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, our collaboration with Orion continues to flourish," says Fawkes. "The musicians visit us virtually over Zoom, and all parties make the best of the realities of virtual collaboration. Our students still get expert feedback and top-notch modeling from the Orion musicians. During a time when young people are starved for authentic, enriching, eye-opening experiences, the Orion partnership has become even more meaningful to our students."

The sessions are held through Janet’s Stage, Orion's one-of-a-kind partnership with high school orchestra programs, in its eighth year.

"One of Chicago's most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles."
~ John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
The Orion Ensemble is supported in part by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and generous donations from our dedicated patrons.