Concert 3

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


Cécile Chaminade
TRIO in A Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 34, No. 2 (1857-1944)

Louise Farrenc
TRIO for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 44 (1804-75)

William Grant Still
Selections from THREE VISIONS for Piano Solo (1935) and FOLK SONG SUITE No. 2 (1962)


Charlene Kluegel, guest violin


March 6, 2022 7:00 PM
New England Congregational Church
406 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora IL
March 9, 2022 7:30 PM
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave., Chicago IL
March 13, 2022 7:30 PM
Music Institute of Chicago Nichols Hall
1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston IL

Program Notes

The Orion Ensemble continues its commitment to bringing great women composers of the Romantic Era to Chicago audiences! Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) was a brilliant piano virtuoso and a highly prolific composer. Active also in the field of music publishing, she was one of the first to record for Gramophone. In 1908 she toured America was was acclaimed as both a pianist and as a composer. In an era where women were not recognized as equals, it was often said of Cécile during her lifetime, 'This is not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.' Experience the impassioned rhythms and rich harmonies of her Piano Trio No. 2 in A minor. The first two movements in particular may remind you of Brahms, yet with an elegance that was truly Chaminade's own.

The Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 44 by Louise Farrenc (1804–75). Farrenc was a decisive musical force in Paris during the mid-19th century. A brilliant concert pianist and gifted composer, she opened a publishing house with her husband and became a highly successful music publisher. In 1842 she was awarded a lifetime position as Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatory. This Trio, which she composed in 1840, is a work of great delicacy and lyrical beauty, featuring moments of great passion.

William Grant Stills’ haunting and provocative Three Visions for Piano brings us a musical journey of the eternal mystery: death and the questions of afterlife. Composed in 1935 for his wife, Stills’ piano composition is provocative and alluring. His Folk Suite # 2 comprises delightful and colorful movements tastefully presented as chamber miniatures.


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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.