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Music

Cancellation: Orion Ensemble to perform live and livestream concert

Long a favorite in Geneva and more recently in Aurora, The Orion Ensemble announces its next concert.
Long a favorite in Geneva and more recently in Aurora, The Orion Ensemble announces its next concert.

[Note to readers: The previously announced performance has been postponed because of illness, concert organizers announced Nov. 11.]

The Orion Ensemble will present a live and livestream concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

The acclaimed chamber ensemble normally performs in the Fox Valley, Chicago and Evanston. The concert will be presented at PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

"We are so happy to come back this month with more wonderful live music," the ensemble announced in a news release. "Orion's own amazing pianist, Diana Schmück, returns for a romantic program that will warm your hearts and lift your spirits. With so many people participating in our October livestream, we feel blessed by all of your support and love. We will continue to do our best to keep Orion’s musical offerings going until we can meet again in person.

The Orion Ensemble notes its October all-Beethoven concert is still available on Orion's YouTube channel.

The Nov. 12 program will present Johannes Brahms' Trio No. 1 in B Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 8, composed in 1853-4 and revised 35 years later. It's a deep and mature work that nonetheless exudes youthful energy.

Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1992) by Alexander Arutiunian contains moods ranging from emotionally tense to lyrical. The Verdehr Trio commissioned the piece and describes its final movement as "containing elements of Armenian dance rhythms with their capricious pulse and unexpected irregularities in a freely improvised melodic style."

There are limited in-person tickets by advance purchase only; to learn more, call 630-628-9591 or email info@orionensemble.org. A maximum of 20 people may attend in person and must wear masks at all times. All programming is subject to change.

The livestream will be available on Orion's YouTube channel.

Virtual access is free. Donations are welcome and can be made on Orion's website.

The YouTube channel will host a recording of the performance for a limited time.

Orion works with high school students

Orion musicians recently held a masterclass/streamed concert, followed by coachings for students at Glenbard East High School, with more to follow soon. Orion is also scheduling sessions with Buffalo Grove and Geneva high schools that will begin in November.

These sessions are held through Janet’s Stage, Orion's one-of-a-kind partnership with high school orchestra programs, in its eighth year, the release stated. Janet's Stage (named for the Tri-Cities' Janet Safanda) has taken on additional significance this fall, as schools are unable to have full orchestra rehearsals due to the pandemic. As they focus more on chamber music, the directors in Orion's partner schools are excited about using Orion's expertise remotely as mentors to inspire their students.

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