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Chamber Concert Series

Performers playing violins and violas

Schedule and location

November, 2019 through March, 2020
2:15 p.m.
Arbor Room of the Thornhill Education Center

Join us for intimate classical concerts 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 nearby Founder’s Room (originally the library of Joy Morton, the Arboretum’s founder) to converse with the artists and fellow audience members.

Trevor Stephenson - SOLD OUT!
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Fortepianist Trevor Stephenson, director of the Madison Bach Musicians, performs a program of masterworks by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert. Four pieces in C minor are balanced with some light-hearted vignettes. The program includes Mozart, Fantasy in C minor, K. 457; Haydn, Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI:20; Beethoven, Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique,” and Schubert’s Piano Piece in E-flat (with a stormy central section in C minor). These are followed by Mozart’s hilarious Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman,” K. 265 (“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) and Haydn’s Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI:39.

The Weird (But Wonderful) Quartet - SOLD OUT!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

What makes this such a weird quartet? The instrumentation is extremely unusual: flute and alto flute, violin and viola, guitar and cello. The combination of the low instruments makes a haunting and beautiful sound. Few composers have written for this combination of instruments so the repertoire contains arrangements of different styles and music of different origins. Hear it once and you’ll agree it’s Weird (But Wonderful)!

Trio Settecento - SOLD OUT!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

In 1705 the twenty-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach walked 400 kilometers to Lübeck to hear the music of the renowned Dietrich Buxtehude, arguably the greatest organist and composer working in Germany at that moment. uxtehude’s employment was as a church musician composing works for religious services at Lübeck’s famous Marienkirche; he also composed outstanding chamber music. Our program features five of these remarkable pieces and concludes with J.S. Bach’s own Sonata in G major, BWV 1039, one of the greatest chamber works of the high baroque era.

La Folia 
Sunday, February 2, 2020

La Folia, a flute and harp duo, will perform a spectacular array of chamber works ranging from the 17th century to modern day. At this February concert, audience members will enjoy works by Handel, Marias, Ravel, Ibert, and Saint Saȅns.

Fifth House Ensemble - SOLD OUT!
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Featuring music that celebrates the wonder of nature, the program welcomes the change of season from winter to spring. Musicians of Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble (flute, violin, viola, cello, bass) feature music by classical master J.S. Bach, along with music by composers who consider the cyclical renewal of the earth from a contemporary perspective. It’s an afternoon for appreciating some of nature’s most special places as we look forward to enjoying another season of the great outdoors.

Fees and admission

Tickets on sale Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Individual Tickets 

Arboretum member: $30.00
Nonmember: $35.00

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Registration information

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Visitor Services at 630-725-2066 (Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).

Tickets ordered less than one week in advance will be held at will call. All others will be mailed. Season tickets ordered online will be mailed approximately two weeks before the November 3 concert. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.


BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. A $5 transaction fee will apply to all phone orders.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours

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The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, Illinois 60532

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