Monday, April 09, 2012

The Orion Ensemble Returns

Join us for an afternoon concert and celebration of the Friends of the Library's 50th Anniversary on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Performing will be the Orion Ensemble, which is celebrating its 19th season. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune calls Orion “one of Chicago’s most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles.” The library will close at 4:00 and will reopen at 4:30 for concert seating. The concert is free. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for continuing to sponsor this and other great programs!

Kathy Pirtle, Clarinet
Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin
Judy Stone, Cello
Diana Schmück, Harpsichord

Virtuosic works by Vivaldi will be highlighted in Orion's April program. In addition, Scarlatti's showy harpsichord sonatas will be featured, and Orion's clarinetist will add a delightful Marcello transcription. The performers will have a little fun in the middle, playing Bach usually heard on each other's instruments before joining together for a wonderful trio sonata by Telemann.

Antonio Vivaldi  Sonata in C Major for Violin and Continuo
Benedetto Marcello  Sonata in G Major, arranged for Clarinet and Continuo
Johann S. Bach  2 Inventions, arranged for Violin and Cello
Johann S. Bach  Selected Dances, arranged for Clarinet
Dominico Scarlatti  2 Sonatas for Harpsichord
Georg P. Telemann  Trio Sonata in F Major                          
Antonio Vivaldi  Sonata in A Major for Violin and Continuo