22/23 Season Discover, experience, and celebrate traditional and new work performed by world-class musicians in two iconic live venues: Rhapsody Theater and Demspter Street Pro Musica at Evanston Space!


SEASON 2021-2022


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Yuan Qing Yu and Ken Olsen play a Passacaglia by Halvorsen

March 24, 2020

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!

Beethoven at 250 Full Performance

January 31, 2020
Holtschneider Performance Center, Allen Recital Hall. DePaul University

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.

Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor

October 5, 2018
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music. Chicago

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4

October 5, 2018
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music. Chicago

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (arr. Webern)

October 5, 2018
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music. Chicago

Among Chicago’s finest and most adventurous chamber groups.

– 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

Community & Citizenship

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:


Creative Excellence

Present engaging live performances of new and traditional works


Healing & Teaching

Bring the healing power of music to those with limited access to live performances


Promote Cultural Diversity

Inspire young classical musicians to serve their communities through music

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