Be swept away by classical chamber music this winter, performed in The Morton Arboretum’s historic Thornhill Education Center. Enjoy intimate, Sunday afternoon concerts while overlooking a scenic vista, followed by a reception.
“The Chamber Concert Series is a great opportunity for lovers of classical music to enjoy a concert in a beautiful natural setting,” said Rita Hassert, library collections manager and organizer of the classical music series. “Gatherings following the performances are a chance for people to mingle and meet with the performing musicians.”
The five-concert series features performers Ensemble Aubade, Mirari Brass Quintet, Formosa Quartet, Weird (But Wonderful) Quartet and Rachel Lee Priday. All performances begin at 2:15 p.m.
Sunday, November 1
This acclaimed Boston-based trio makes its Morton Arboretum debut, performing masterworks and rarely heard pieces for flute, viola, and harp. The program will include Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in honor of the 100th anniversary of this masterpiece, Maurice Ravel’s lush Sonatine en Trio, and “Sunrise” by award-winning American composer Thea Musgrave.
Sunday, December 6
Mirari Brass Quintet
The Mirari Brass Quintet will perform engaging and eclectic works from the traditional brass repertoire during its second performance at The Morton Arboretum. The quintet also will perform a selection of seasonal songs for the December concert.
Sunday, January 10
Winner of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, the string quartet will perform masterworks by Ludwig van Beethoven, a selection of Stéphane Grappelli’s classic jazz tunes, and commissioned pieces by Shih-Hui Chen and Dana Wilson.
Sunday, February 7
Weird (But Wonderful) Quartet
This quartet employs a unique mix of instruments, including the flute, alto flute, violin, viola, guitar, and cello. This concert will include works by Franz Schubert, Italian Baroque composer Pietro Locatelli, contemporary American composer T.G. Febonio, and French guitarist Jean-Michel Coquery.
Sunday, March 6
Rachel Lee Priday
Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed by the Chicago Tribune, has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Berlin Staatskapelle, and more. She will perform favorites by J.S. Bach and Fritz Kreisler and less-familiar works by Eugène Ysaÿa (a friend of Claude Debussy, César Franck, and Camille Saint-Saëns) and prolific Lithuanian composer Vytautas Barkauskas.
Individual concert tickets are $25 for Arboretum members or $30 for nonmembers. Five-concert series tickets are available for a discount of $115 for members and $140 for nonmembers. Nonmember tickets go on sale September 16.
Tickets are available on mortonarb.org, in person at the Visitor Center or by calling 630-725-2066. A $5 transaction fee will apply to all phone orders. Tickets ordered less than one week in advance will be held at will call. All others will be mailed. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.