Guests

Artist collaborations expand the Ensemble’s repertoire. Renowned musicians who have performed with Orion during the years include:

  • Soprano Virginia Croskery (December 1995) – Mozart aria; Spohr, Barber and Copland songs
  • Violinist Elaine Skorodin (April 1996) – Mozart Clarinet Quintet, K 581; Prokofiev Overture on Jewish Themes, Op. 34
  • Bassonist Mark Clague, hornist Mary Gingrich, flutist Amy Hartman, oboist Kathryn Pisaro, bassist Alan Steiner (May 1996) – Ravel Mother Goose Suite; Saint-Saëns Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79
  • Oboist and English hornist Alex Klein (April 1997) – Mozart Oboe Quartet, K. 370; Prokofiev Quintet, Op. 39; (May 2002) – Mozart Adagio; Lalliet Fantaisie Originale, Op. 6; Saint-Saëns Sonata in D Major, Op. 166
  • Hornists Dale Clevenger and Alice Render (March 1998) – Beethoven Sextet, Op. 81b; Lieberson Ziji (1987); Brahms Horn Trio, Op. 40
  • Violinist Lee Joiner (March 1998) – Beethoven Sextet, Op. 81b; Weber Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34; (May 1999) – Dvorak Piano Quintet, Op. 81
  • Flutist Michelle DeBost (November 1998) – Reger Serenade, Op. 141a; Mozart Flute Quartet, KV 285; Emmanuel Sonata (1929)
  • Speaker Andrew Patner (February, March 1998) – Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
  • CSO bassist Robert Kassinger (March 2000 and April 2008) – Gould Benny’s Gig (1962); Schubert “Trout” Quintet, Op. 114
  • Guitarist Julian Gray (May 2000) – Giuliani Two Rondos, Op. 68; Leisner Extremes; Piazzolla L’Histoire du Tango; Haydn Quartet in G Major, Op. 2, No. 2
  • Mezzo-Soprano Julia Bentley (February 2001) – Pärt, Bliss, Orrego-Salas, Loeffler songs
  • Lyric Opera clarinetist Charlene Zimmerman (September, October 2001) –Martinu Serenade (1951)
  • Soprano Patrice Michaels (December 1993) – Holiday surprises; (February, March 2003) – Schubert and Haydn songs
  • Pianist Debra Sutter (twin sister of Diana Schmück) (May 2003) – Schubert Fantasia, Op. 103; Corigliano Gazebo Dances (1972)
  • Violinist Guillaume Combet (May 2003) – Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115; (March 2004) – Dvorak Bagatelles, Op. 47; Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57; (April 2005) – Mozart Clarinet Quintet, K. 581
  • Mimes T. Daniel and Laurie Willets (February 2005) – Milhaud Suite, Op. 157b; Garrop little bits (2000)
  • Narrator Kerry Frumkin of WFMT (September 2007) – Stravinsky Suite from L’Histoire du Soldat (1918)
  • CSO principal second violinist Baird Dodge (March 2007) – Prokofiev Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34, Dvorak Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 74a; Brahms Piano Quintet, Op. 34; (November 2008) – Weber Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34; (November 2009) – Dohnanyi Piano Quintet, Op. 1; (May 2010) – Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115
  • Soprano Amy Conn (November 2009) – Spohr and Hemenger songs
  • Lyric Opera bassoonist James Birkenstock (May 2004) –Glinka Trio Pathetique; Danzi Bassoon Quartet, Op. 40
  • Soprano Alicia Berneche and baritone Kevin Keys (November 2006) – Kritz Lamentation for the 21st Century

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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