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LISLE, IL (September 10, 2013) – 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 where guests can meet with each other and the musicians.
“The Chamber Concert Series is a great opportunity for music and art aficionados who may not otherwise know about the Arboretum to engage and discover this special place for themselves,” says Rita Hassert, library collections manager and Chamber Concert Series organizer.
The five-concert series features nationally renowned chamber groups Avalon String Quartet, The Newberry Consort, Second City Musick, Fifth House Ensemble and Guadete Brass Quintet. All performances begin at 2:15 p.m.
Avalon String Quartet - Sunday, November 3, 2013
Described by the Chicago Tribune as "an ensemble that invites you—ears, mind, and spirit—into its music," the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country's leading chamber music ensembles. Formed in 1995, the quartet has gone on to win numerous prestigious awards including the top prize at the 2000 Music Competition of the ARD, the 1999 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the 1998 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
The Newberry Consort - Sunday, December 8, 2013
Beguiling and intelligent, provocative and classic, ravishingly beautiful and deliciously edgy, The Newberry Consort has been delighting audiences for nearly three decades. Directed by David Douglass, Newberry Musician-in-Residence, and early-music diva Ellen Hargis, the ensemble plumbs the Newberry Library's vast music collection for their selections. A concert of 17th- and 18th-century music of Italy and England will be presented at this concert by the Consort.
Second City Musick - Sunday, January 5, 2014
Second City Musick is a consort of viols based in Chicago. Specializing in 16th- to18th-century consort music, the consort brings the intimate chamber music out of the chamber and into the lives of modern concert-goers. Active members within the early-music community in Chicago, members of this trio have founded other ensembles such as the Haymarket Opera Company and Wayward Sisters and regularly perform with Baroque Band, Callipygian Players, Music of the Baroque and The Newberry Consort.
Fifth House Ensemble - Sunday, February 2, 2014
The Chicago-based ensemble is a versatile and dynamic chamber group praised by the New York Times for its "conviction, authority and finesse." Having established itself as a regular on the Chicago chamber music scene, the ensemble has performed on some of the city's most well-regarded series and venues including Ravinia, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Mostly Music Series, Byron Colby Barn and many more.
Gaudete Brass Quintet - Sunday, March 2, 2014
Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet is devoted to presenting serious brass chamber music at the highest level of excellence and to encouraging worldwide appreciation of the art of brass chamber music. The quintet is committed to expanding the brass quintet repertoire by commissioning new works from modern composers as well as historically informed performances of Renaissance music.
Individual concert tickets are $24 for Arboretum members or $29 for nonmembers, including Arboretum admission. Five-concert series tickets are available for a discount of $110 for members and $135 for nonmembers. Nonmember tickets go on sale September 16.
Purchase tickets at 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.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival, and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.