Music from the 19th and 20th centuries fills the program for the third concert of The Orion Ensemble’s 29th season, featuring works by Farrenc, Still and Tchaikovsky at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. There will also be performances of the same program at the New England Congregational Church in Aurora on March 6 and PianoForte Studios in Chicago on March 9. The Chicago and Evanston performances will be available via livestream.
Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A minor is a touching memorial piece for his mentor, Nikolai Rubinstein, founder of the Moscow Conservatory. Rubinstein was Tchaikovsky’s employer at the conservatory and the pianist to whom Tchaikovsky originally wanted to dedicate his Piano Concerto in B flat minor. A highly poignant work in two movements completed in 1882, it is the only work Tchaikovsky wrote for violin, cello and piano.
Replacing Paul Schoenfield’s originally scheduled Trio for clarinet, violin and piano is 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 Still’s haunting “Three Visions for Piano” offers a musical journey of the eternal mystery: death and the questions of afterlife. This piano composition, which Still composed for his wife in 1935, is provocative and alluring. Still’s Folk Suite #2 comprises delightful and colorful movements tastefully presented as chamber miniatures.
Per the state of Illinois’s requirements, all audience members will be required to wear masks at all three venues. In addition, the Nichols Concert Hall performance on March 13 requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative COVID PCR test processed within 48 hours prior to the day of the event. For the venue’s full policy visit musicinst.org/covid-policy-nichols-concert-hall. Audience members may email email@example.com 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.
In-person tickets are $30, $25 for seniors 65 and older and $15 for students. Children 12 and younger are free.Tickets are available for advance purchase at 630-628-9591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.