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Chamber Concerts Series

Chamber Concert Series at The Morton Arboretum
Join us for intimate classical concerts and sociable 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 splendor of the Founder's Room, the original library of the Arboretum's founder, Joy Morton.

November 2, 2014
Francesa Anderegg – Songs of Solitude

In Francesca Anderegg’s unaccompanied “Songs of Solitude” program, hear the stirring beauty of solo violin as fashioned through the centuries by the minds of such luminaries as J. S. Bach, Fritz Kreisler, Eugène Ysaÿe, and John Harbison.  Every composer following Bach has been influenced by his monumental Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.  In this concert, Francesca Anderegg presents Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in g minor, surrounded by compositions that were based on this way of writing for the instrument.  John Harbison’s Songs of Solitude present a modern yet lyrical take on the genre, while Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 4 evokes Baroque forms and gestures. Kreisler’s Recitative and Scherzo provides a brilliant conclusion to the concert.

December 7, 2014
Arianna

Arianna is a unique quartet comprised of flute, violin, harp, and string bass.  Presenting the finest in classical music, Arianna is equally at home with popular compositions.  Their program features classical music including several arrangements written specifically for this ensemble, as well as some holiday favorites.

January 4, 2015
Oriana Singers

Since 1979, the Oriana Singers have been performing a cappella music, from Renaissance madrigals to vocal jazz and pop, in hundreds of concerts around the United States and abroad. The Oriana Singers are pleased to return to The Morton Arboretum with Elemental, a program that explores the four classic elements of earth, air, fire, and water through words and music. In English madrigals, music by moderns like the Beatles and Imogen Heap, and compositions by classical composers, we see the elements that make up the world and the humors that control our bodies, and in so doing discover much about the human condition.

February 1, 2015
Tesla Quartet

Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Prizewinner in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition and 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception.

The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion,” and The Strad has praised them as “technically superb.”

March 1, 2015
Trevor Stephenson and Chelsea Morris

Acclaimed duo from the Madison Bach Musicians—Chelsea Morris, soprano, and Trevor Stephenson, fortepiano,—will perform an afternoon of songs and lieder by Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert. Stephenson will perform on his 5-octave 18th-century German fortepiano to accompany Morris as well as play several solo fortepiano works by Mozart and Beethoven. He will give a brief talk about the Classical style and discuss how the fortepiano creates a thrilling sense of theatrical immediacy in the music of the 18th-century masters.

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION: 

November 2, 2014
December 7, 2014
January 4. 2015
February 1, 2015
March 1, 2015

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

 Afterwards, gather for a reception to meet the artists and fellow audience members

FEES AND ADMISSION: 

Tickets on sale September 2

Concert Pricing: 
Arboretum Member $24.00
Nonmember $29.00

Five-Concert Series Ticket Prices:  
Arboretum Member $110.00
Nonmember $135.00
 

The Chamber Concerts at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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