Sun­day, May 31, 3 pm at the Merit School of Music

Early Bird $20 Tick­ets Now Available

Eventbrite - Civitas Ensemble presents "A Night in Vienna"

For a lim­ited time, early bird tick­ets are offered for “A Night in Vienna”, the final concert of the Civ­i­tas Ensemble’s 2014 – 15 sea­son, on May 31, 3PM at the Got­tlieb Hall of the Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peo­ria Street in Chicago.

 Arguably the cap­i­tal of west­ern clas­si­cal music, Vienna has been the home to many of the world’s most cel­e­brated com­posers.  At this spring con­cert, the Ensem­ble will present three diverse Vien­nese com­po­si­tions.  The pro­gram opens with Quar­tet Op. 1 by Wal­ter Rabl (1873−1940), the first piece writ­ten for the ensem­ble of Vio­lin, Cello, Clar­inet and Piano. Though art­fully crafted, roman­ti­cally lyri­cal, like Rabl’s other works, this Quar­tet is nearly for­got­ten.  Here is a rare oppor­tu­nity to hear it live.  Ada­gio by Alban Berg (1885−1935) is a move­ment from his Cham­ber Con­certo for solo vio­lin and 13 winds, which he arranged as a sep­a­rate piece for piano, vio­lin and clar­inet in 1935.  The pro­gram will end with the Piano Quin­tet in A Major,“Trout by Franz Schu­bert (1797 – 1828).  Each time this beloved and infec­tious piece is played for a room­ful of music lovers, the sheer joy and energy is immeasurable.

 Guest artists for this con­cert are Danny Lai, vio­list, and Robert Kassinger, bass, both are musi­cians from the Chicago Sym­phony Orchestra.

The $20 tick­ets will be avail­able through May 1, 2015.  After that time, tick­ets will be $30.  Stu­dent tick­ets are offered at no charge, but reser­va­tions are required. 

Civ­i­tas is a non­profit per­form­ing arts group that is com­prised of mem­bers of the Chicago Sym­phony Orches­tra. The goals of Civ­i­tas are to pro­vide clas­si­cal cham­ber music at the high­est pos­si­ble level to peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about live music, to present edu­ca­tional pro­grams to young audi­ences, and also to bring music to those who would have lim­ited access to the heal­ing power of live clas­si­cal music. Civ­i­tas strives to achieve these goals through cre­ative pro­gram­ming which includes work­ing with other non­profit orga­ni­za­tions, col­lab­o­rat­ing with other artists and visual arts, and pre­sent­ing new compositions.