One Night Only!
Live & Livestream Concert
Happy New Year!

We are delighted to begin 2021 by bringing you more wonderful live music! We hope this concert's romantic program will warm your hearts and lift your spirits.

With so many people participating in our October livestream concert, we feel blessed by all of your support and love. We will continue to do our best to keep Orion’s musical offerings going until we can meet again in person.

–The Orion Ensemble

P.S. Our October all-Beethoven concert is still available on Orion's YouTube channel.


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

Johannes Brahms' Trio No. 1 in B Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 8, composed in 1853-54 and revised 35 years later, is a deep and mature work that nonetheless exudes youthful energy.

Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1992) by Alexander Arutiunian contains moods ranging from emotionally tense to lyrical. The Verdehr Trio commissioned the piece and describes its final movement as "containing elements of Armenian dance rhythms with their capricious pulse and unexpected irregularities in a freely improvised melodic style."

Limited in-person tickets (20)*
(advance purchase only)
* A maximum of 20 people may attend in person 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.
Orion continues working remotely with high school students
Orion musicians resumed their virtual masterclasses and coachings with students January 11, and will continue to work with students at Buffalo Grove, Geneva and Glenbard East high schools. This follows several sessions offered in the fall.

These sessions are held through Janet’s Stage, Orion's one-of-a-kind partnership with high school orchestra programs, in its eighth year. Janet's Stage has taken on additional significance this fall, as schools are unable to have full orchestra rehearsals due to the pandemic. As they focus more on chamber music, the directors in Orion's partner schools are excited about using Orion musicians remotely as mentors to inspire their students.

"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.