Concert 2

Following the Aurora concert on Nov. 7th, we will be hosting our Fall Benefit event.

The Chicago and Evanston concerts will be performed live and live-streamed on our YouTube channel.

Program

Franz Schubert
TRIO in B Flat Major—Allegro, for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9 No. 2

Florence Price
FANTASY in G Minor for Violin and Piano (1933)      

Paul Hindemith
QUARTET for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1938) 

Franz Schubert
ADAGIO and RONDO CONCERTANT in F Major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, D. 487

Performances

Nov
7
Sun
November 7, 2021 3:00 PM
New England Congregational Church
406 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora IL
Nov
10
Wed
November 10, 2021 7:30 PM
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave., Chicago IL
Nov
14
Sun
November 14, 2021 7:00 PM
Lake Street Church
607 Lake Street, Evanston IL

Guests

Program Notes

Franz Schubert’s Trio in B-Flat Major—Allegro, for Violin, Viola and Cello, D. 471, is a single-movement, unfinished work. It offers a glimmering texture of expressions that point to a vision of eternity. Schubert's lyricism provides a sense of timeless, luminous beauty and affirmative joyfulness, hiding much of the dark clouds which pervaded all too many of the composer’s short time on the earth (31 years).

Florence Price was the first American Black female composer to have her music performed by major symphony orchestras. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, she established her career in Chicago. Her Fantasy in G minor for Violin and Piano (1933) combines the sounds of post-Romantic Era expressions with the folk music of Africa. A highlight of this work is during its final minutes, as the opening theme returns for a passionate conclusion.

Paul Hindemith composed the Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (1938) in the winter of 1938 during his second visit to America. Hindemith’s life in Germany was made unbearable by Hitler’s rise to power. His wife was Jewish, endangering their safety. Two members of his string quartet were Jewish and had to resign. Coming to America, Hindemith renewed his inspiration with this quartet: “It is a considerable chunk of music, sounds very nice and ought to make a good impression.”

Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo Concertant in F Major for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, D. 487 is a concerto piece in miniature for piano and strings. Schubert rarely wrote concerto-like works, and this remarkable exception has a poignant reason for its creation. Schubert wished to marry Therese Grob and composed this music at the request of her brother Heinrich. While the music unfortunately failed to yield an approval from the Grob family for Therese’s hand, it has provided one of Schubert’s rarest chamber gems.

 

Per the state of Illinois’s requirements, all audience members will be required to wear masks at all three venues. Audience members may email info@orionensemble.org for any updates to these requirements closer to the performances.

The livestreams from Chicago and Evanston will be available on Orion’s YouTube channel, which will also host a recording of the performance for a limited time.