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Orion Ensemble to Celebrate National Chamber Music Month with Performances in St. Charles, Chicago & Evanston

Orion Ensemble to Celebrate National Chamber Music Month with Performances in St. Charles, Chicago & Evanston

The Orion Ensemble's final performances of its season of "Musical Travels" will be part of the celebration of National Chamber Music Month, a nationwide initiative to draw attention to small ensemble performance. Orion's performances are among hundreds taking place across the country this May as part of this second annual series. Last year, participants in all 50 states took part in events showcasing ensemble music of all styles, including classical, jazz, world and early music, as well as contemporary and experimental works informed by emerging technologies and innovative performance techniques.

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals and the organization behind National Chamber Music Month, has encouraged ensembles and presenters, both well-known and emerging, to use this month to increase public awareness of chamber music performance and to attract new audiences within their own communities.

For this final concert program of its 2013-14 season, Orion showcases music from three countries: Germany, with the third in its season-long series of Beethoven String Trios with Stephen Boe on viola, this one in C Minor for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 9, No. 3, as well as Amon's Clarinet Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 106, No. 2; the United States, with Gershwin's Three Preludes; and Czechoslovakia, with Dvorak's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87. C

hamber Music America defines chamber music as works for small ensembles of two to 10 members, playing one to a part and generally performing without a conductor.

"Chamber music is a vibrant and diverse field," said Margaret M. Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America. "It includes contemporary music, jazz, world music, Western classical and styles that draw from all of these. National Chamber Music Month will showcase the richness of chamber music through performances in urban and rural areas across the country, and we are thrilled that so many presenters and ensembles are participating."

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