An Amazing Repertoire

The Ensemble programs diverse works ranging from Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to William Bolcom, Chick Corea, Paul Schoenfield, Augusta Read Thomas and other living composers. Orion’s impressive repertoire offers its fortunate audiences a remarkably broad chamber music experience. The Ensemble’s expansive commitment to chamber music embraces the works of the classical through modern standard repertoire as well as an extensive range of new pieces for piano quartet and clarinet. Orion continues to inspire composers with commissions for new works written especially for its unique combination of instruments. As the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein wrote upon Orion’s 10th anniversary, “It seems like only yesterday that a remarkable chamber group of musicians calling itself the Orion Ensemble was born. The Orions … quickly established themselves as one of the Chicago area’s most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles, at home in every period but especially committed to enlarging the repertory of its unusual combination of piano quartet and clarinet.”

Orion received the 2000 CMA/ASCAP “Award for Adventurous Programming ” for its cutting-edge performance series “Inside Look at Contemporary Music Initiative.”

Season 29 (2021-2022)
Concert 1
Concert 2
Concert 3
Concert 4
WFMT Live Broadcasts

Season 28 (2020-2021)
All-Beethoven Live and Livestream Concert
Live and Livestream Concert
Live and Livestream Concert
Live and Livestream Concert

Season 27 (2019-2020)
Concert 1
Concert 2
Concert 3
Concert 4 (canceled)

Season 26 (2018-2019)
Vienna, City of My Dreams
WFMT Live Broadcasts
Fall Benefit Concert
Russian Passion
French Musical Treasure
A Brahms Finale

Season 25 (2017-2018)
A Beautiful Oboe and Friends
Let's Tango
Old Meets New
Quintessential Quintets

Season 24 (2016-2017)
Collage of Colors
Serenade by Three: Orion Beginnings
Wit and Passion

Season 23 (2015-2016)
French and German Tapestries
Harp Fantasy
American Landscape
Musical Enchantments

Season 22 (2014-2015)
Stepping Out

Season 21 (2013-2014)
Celebrating Brahms
Danube Destinations
Sounds of Russia
Czech and American Romance

Season 20 (2012-2013)
Orion Beginnings
A Night at the Opera
A Voice from Heaven
Folk Inspirations with a Mexican Flair

Season 19 (2011-2012)
Spanish Flair
Classical Romance
Celebrating Women Composers
All That Jazz!

Season 18 (2010-2011)
Happy 200th Birthday, Schumann!
All-French Program
Victoria Bond World Premiere
Mahler's 150th Birthday

Season 17 (2009-2010)
Arutiunian, Martinu, Schubert
Spohr, Hemenger, Dohnanyi
Baermann, Kritz, Tchaikovsky
All Brahms

Season 16 (2008-2009)
Farrenc, Schickele, Strauss
Schubert, Ginastera, Falla, Weber
Bruch, Schwendinger, Mendelssohn
Beethoven, Williams, Liszt, Borodin

Season 15 (2007-2008)
Orion 15th Anniversary Concert 1
Orion 15th Anniversary Concert 2
Orion 15th Anniversary Concert 3
Orion 15th Anniversary Concert 4

Season 14 (2006-2007)
Mozart, Poulenc, Clarke
Haydn, Labor, Kritz
Beethoven, Khatchaturian, Huyds
Prokofiev, Dvorak, Matheson, Brahms

Season 13 (2005-2006)
Mozart, Martinu, Chausson
Shostakovich, Rota, Mozart
Mozart, Horn, Ives, Debussy
Polzelli, Schoenfield, Mozart

Season 12 (2004-2005)
Faure, Kokai, Labor, Enescu
Dvorak, Whitaker, Schoenfield
Musical Mime
Beethoven, Shostakovich, Liszt, Mozart

Season 11 (2003-2004)
Mahler, Kritz, Brahms
Schumann, Beethoven, Hindemith
Lutoslawski, Muczynski, Shostakovich
Glinka, Harbison, Schoenfield

Season 10 (2002-2003)
Huydts, Mozart, Schumann
Wanhall, Bartok, Beethoven
Schubert, Clarke, Fauré
Schubert, Corigliano, Brahms

Season 9 (2001-2002)
Amon, Martinu, Tchaikovsky
Beethoven, Dahl, Strauss
Berry, Saint-Saens, Martin, Berkey, Beethoven
Mozart, Milhaud, Lalliet, Saint-Saens, Labor

Season 8 (2000-2001)
Beethoven, Brahms, Martinu, Turina
Centennial of Copland's Birth
Part, Bliss, Orrego-Salas, Loeffler, Gershwin, Arensky
Bach, Schickele, Mozart, Chausson