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Chamber Concerts Series

Chamber Concert Series at The Morton Arboretum

Join us for intimate classical concerts and friendly 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

At this first concert of the season, Boston’s Ensemble Aubade (Peter H. Bloom, flute; Francis Grimes, viola; and Mary Jane Rupert, harp) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the spectacular Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp by Claude Debussy (1915), one of the most fascinating works of the 20th century. Also on their program is the lush and thrilling Sonatine en Trio by Maurice Ravel (1937), and the evocative "Sunrise" (2009) by award-winning American composer Thea Musgrave.


Sunday, December 6, 2015
Mirari Brass Quintet

Engaging and eclectic, the Mirari Brass Quintet brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres. The commissioners of multiple new works for brass, the group performs a spectacular tight-rope act, balancing intensity with levity and refined virtuosity with pure fun.

Sunday, January 10, 2016
Formosa Quartet

Winners of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2006, the Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist of the Guarneri Quartet). Its debut recording on the EMI label was hailed as “spellbinding” (Strad Magazine) and “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), and the quartet has given critically acclaimed performances at the Ravinia Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Library of Congress, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Rice University, San Francisco State University, and Wigmore Hall in London.

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

What makes this such a Weird Quartet? An extremely unusual blend of instruments: flute and alto flute, violin and viola, guitar and cello. The combination makes a haunting and beautiful sound. Very few composers have written for this combination of instruments, so the quartet's repertoire contains arrangements of many different styles and music of many 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. Critics have praised her “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich, mellifluous sound,” and “silvery fluidity.” Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past.


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

 Afterward ech concert, gather for a reception to meet the artists and fellow audience members.


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.

Illinois Arts Council Agency