Despite our season's cancellation due to the current health crisis, Civitas Ensemble members are determined to help heal spirits through assembled performances. Yuan-Qing Yu and Ken Olsen collaborated here to perform Johan Halvorsen’s Passacaglia for Violin and Viola from their respective homes!
Civitas Ensemble: Beethoven at 250. Civitas Ensemble celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday with a demonstrative program showcasing works from each of the renowned composer's three compositional periods.
– Lawrence A. Johnson’s Critics Choice
from Chicago Classical Review
Performing at “an exceptionally high caliber” (Chicago Classical Reviews), Civitas Ensemble started in 2011 with four friends who shared the same visions and values of using their music to serve and impact the Chicago community through the transformative power of their art. Civitas presents engaging live performances of new and traditional works. The Ensemble members teach and inspire the next generation of classical musicians, and bring live performances to those with limited access. How we help
why we do this
We are not your run-of-the-mill Chamber Group. The name Civitas, which means Community and Citizenship, is derived from Latin — it is the embodiment of what our Ensemble represents and holds close to heart. We are passionate about our three-fold mission:
Present engaging live performances of new and traditional works
Bring the healing power of music to those with limited access to live performances
Inspire young classical musicians to serve their communities through music