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2015-2016 Chamber Concert Series

Chamber Concert Series at The Morton Arboretum

Join us for intimate classical concerts and elegant receptions at the historic Thornhill Education Center.

All performances begin at 2:15 p.m. and are held in the Arbor Room of the Thornhill Education Center. After each performance, gather for a reception to meet the artists and fellow audience members in the Founder's Room, the original library of the Arboretum's founder, Joy Morton.

Sunday, November 1, 2015
Ensemble Aubade

Join us at this first concert of our new season with a performance by Ensemble Aubade. This Boston-based trio performs masterworks and rarely heard musical treasures for flute, viola and harp. Performing for the first time within our series, the Ensemble’s program will include works by Debussy, Ravel and Musgrave.

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Mirari Brass Quintet

Engaging and eclectic, the Mirari Brass Quintet brings their spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to this second concert. The commissioners of multiple new works for brass, this group performs a spectacular tightrope act, balancing intensity with levity and refined virtuosity with pure fun. In addition to performing works from the brass repertoire, this performance will include some seasonal selections.

Sunday, January 10, 2016
Formosa Quartet

A winner of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, the Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist of the Guarneri Quartet). Their recordings have been hailed as “spellbinding” (Strad Magazine), “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), and “bold and intense, like shots of pure espresso” (Muso Magazine). Founded in 2003, this quartet of violins, viola and cello was formed when the four founding members came together for a concert tour of Taiwan, the land of their shared heritage.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Weird (But Wonderful) Quartet

What’s in a name? In the case of these performers, you’ll definitely be surprised! Their instrumentation is extremely unusual: flute and alto flute, violin and viola, guitar and cello. The combination of these low instruments makes for a haunting and beautiful sound. Since very few composers have written for this combination of instruments, the Quartet’s repertoire contains arrangements of different styles and music of different origins. Hear it once and you'll agree it's Weird (But Wonderful)!

Sunday, March 6, 2016
Rachel Lee Priday

Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Join us for this final concert of the season and discover why critics praise her for “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich, mellifluous sound,” and “silvery fluidity.”


Save the Dates

Sunday, November 1, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016

2:15 p.m. 
Arbor Room of the Thornhill Education Center

 After each concert, gather for a reception to meet the artists and fellow audience members in the Founder's Room.


Tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Concert Pricing:
Arboretum Member $25
Nonmember $30

Five-Concert Series Ticket Prices: 
Arboretum Member $115
Nonmember $140

A $5 transaction fee will apply to all phone orders. 

Tickets ordered less than a week in advance of a concert will be held at will call. All others will be mailed.

Tickets are nor refundable or exchangeable.


Tickets on sale Tuesday, September 8, 2015



Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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