2017-2018 Chamber Concert Series


  • Paul Galbraith with his guitar
  • Benedict Kloeckner with his chello
  • Hannah Lash with her harp
  • Akropolis Reed Quintet posing outside with their reed instruments
  • Members of Black Oak Ensemble standing in front of a black oak tree with their string instruments

Schedule and Location

The first Sunday, November, 2017 through March, 2018
2:15 p.m.
Arbor Room of the Thornhill Education Center

Join us for intimate classical concerts and friendly receptions at the historic Thornhill Education Center. You will see, hear, and feel the music!

After each performance, you are welcomed at a reception in the Founder's Room (originally the library of Joy Morton, the Arboretum's founder) to converse with the artists and fellow audience members. 


Sunday, November 5, 2017 - SOLD OUT!
Paul Galbraith

The season opens with Paul Galbraith, internationally renowned as a brilliant innovator of the classical guitar. By exchanging the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms Guitar, which he helped to develop, Galbraith found the ideal instrument with which to interpret the challenging Classical transcriptions from his repertoire. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - SOLD OUT!
Benedict Kloeckner 

Known for his "fabulous lightness and suppleness" and "perfect intonation" (Neue Züricher Zeitung), cellist Benedict Kloeckner "exudes joy, ease, naturalness, and poetic design." (Operaplus). Kloeckner performs regularly at such venues as Berlin's Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the John F. Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall Chicago, Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, and Seoul Arts Center. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - SOLD OUT!
Hannah Lash

Widely known as a "striking and resourceful" composer (The New York Times) as well as a brilliantly accomplished harpist, the extraordinary Hannah Lash has been praised by critic Michael Huebner for the "technical wizardry" of her playing, as well as for her musical depth of expression. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018 - SOLD OUT!
Akropolis Reed Quintet

Exploding with infectious energy and intensity, the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures, offering music lovers of all ages engaging, exemplary performances of both new and traditional repertoire. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - SOLD OUT!
Black Oak Ensemble

The seeds of the Black Oak were planted in 2011 when the ensemble first performed for a standing-room-only audience in Chicago's prestigious Music in the Loft Series. According to the Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein, "The flamboyant vitality of the originals lived on in the arrangements as well as the expert performances." This trio of violin, viola, and cello will close our season with a memorable performance!

Fees and Admission

All concerts in our 2017-2018 Chamber Concert Series are sold out!

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