Commissions

Starting with its first commissioned arrangement in 1993 to an upcoming major work for 2013, Orion has commissioned more than a dozen pieces for its instrumentation, including:

  • Miguel de la Cerna, 20th Season Orion Commission (2013)
  • Miguel de la Cerna, Livingston 8 - A Fantasy (2012)
  • Victoria Bond's Instruments of Revelation (2011)
  • Laura Elise Schwendinger, High Wire Act for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (2009) as adapted for the instrumentation of the Orion Ensemble
  • Which Way Home for Soprano, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (2009) by Drew Hemenger as adapted for the instrumentation of the Orion Ensemble
  • Tango, Prelude and Fugue for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (2007), composed for Orion’s 15th Anniversary by E. Patrick Horn
  • Sebastian HuydtsQuintet for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (2002), commissioned to celebrate Orion’s 10th Anniversary
  • Robert Kritz’s Connections for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (2001) and Lamentations for the 21st Century for Soprano, Baritone, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (2002)
  • Angel Musings for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (1999) by Augusta Read Thomas, then composer-in-residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Ilya Levinson arrangement of Enescu’s Rhapsodie Roumaine, Op. 11, No. 1 for Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet and Piano (1998)
  • Two works written for the Ensemble by Mannheim Steamroller pianist Jackson Berkey: Solomon Quintet (1997) and Earth Voices (1994)
  • The Miracle at the Pontoon Bridge (1995) by Jim Wintle, based on a poem by Chicagoan Vachel Lindsay
  • Brian Culbertson’s Magical Mancini for Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet, and Piano (1994), an arrangement of Henry Mancini songs
  • Michael Kocour’s arrangement of Gershwin’s Summertime and of Arlen’s Stormy Weather (1993)

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,
and generous donations from our dedicated patrons.
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