July, 2021

Welcome to our 29th Season!

Words cannot express how happy we are to bring back the powerful intimacy of chamber music, celebrating some of its most iconic works!

"A lifeline" ... "beauty" ... "meaning" ... these are some of the words voiced by our patrons last season. We believe music has the power to be a lifeline and invoke beauty and meaning in the best of times—and these qualities were even more necessary during this challenging year. When words fail, our music will connect, move and inspire us. We have never been more grateful about performing live. Our hope is that you will enjoy every musical moment together with us.

— Florentina, Kathy, Judy and Diana

 

News

Orion discusses playing LIVE--and reaching a larger audience via livestreaming

Orion announces 2021–22 Concert Season: In-Person, Live-Streamed in Chicago, Evanston and Aurora

Livestreamed music: a lifeline during difficult times. Orion reviews the season and looks ahead.

Teaching students: pandemic style. Orion's education program hasn't missed a beat. Read about it, here.

After two succesful live and livestream concerts, Orion presents April 18 program

Orion's February live and livestream concert is a romantic program to lift hearts and spirits; read more!

Orion presents all-Beethoven live and livestream concert October 6, featuring pianist Kuang-Hao Huang

A Q&A features Orion's clarinetist, Kathryne Pirtle, talking about performing with her daughter, jazz vocalist Morgan Pirtle 

Enjoy solos from Kathy and Diana from their home studios in these videos

Orion Ensemble cancels May concerts

Chicago Composer Sebastian Huydts discusses collaborating with Orion, in our February newsletter.

Student musicians learn from Orion

Hear Orion perform live on the program Live from WFMT tonight, Monday, Nov. 18. at 8 pm.

How do we create our concert programs? We talk about it in our November e-newsletter.

Get to know Guest Artist Josh Graham, joining Orion on Marimba and Percussion.

Learn more about Nadia Boulanger—an overlooked musical artist, here.

Our performance venues each have special qualities. Read more in our September e-newsletter.

Our May e-newsletter features a Q&A with violist Stephen Boe.

Read the Q&A with Orion cellist Judy Stone in our April e-newsletter.

Check out a Q&A with Orion pianist Diana Schmück in our March e-newsletter.

Read a review of Orion's Sept. 23 concert, by Chicago Classical Review.

Third Coast Review published a major feature on Orion— a look back at our history.

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Ensemble members Kathryne Pirtle and Diana Schmuck, as well as frequent guest violist Stephen Boe, for a story published before our season-opening concerts. Read the article here.

Check out Orion's September e-newsletter - a Q&A with Orion clarinetist, executive director and co-founder, Kathryne Pirtle.

Read a Q&A about the guest artist on our November concert series, cellist Ian Maksin.

Orion violinist Florentina Ramniceanu is featured in a Q&A in our November e-newsletter.

2021-2022 Season


Concert 1
Oct
3
Sun
Oct
6
Wed
Oct
10
Sun
with Stephen Boe (viola)
WFMT Live Broadcasts
Oct
11
Mon
May
16
Mon
Concert 2
Nov
7
Sun
Nov
10
Wed
Nov
14
Sun
with Stephen Boe (viola)
Concert 3
Mar
6
Sun
Mar
9
Wed
Mar
13
Sun
Concert 4
May
8
Sun
May
11
Wed
May
15
Sun
with Stephen Boe (viola) and Roger Chase (viola)

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The Orion Ensemble is supported in part by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, the Illinois Arts Council and generous donations from our dedicated patrons.