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Gallery Chamber Series:

The Chicago Chamber Musicians featuring Larry Combs, clarinet, Dennis Michel, bassoon, and Eugene Izotov, oboe. January 17, 2010
Chicago Early Music Consort February 28, 2010
Arianna String Quartet March 14,2010

$42 for three concerts, $17 for single tickets if available
(Available single tickets go on sale after January 1)

All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery

The Chicago Chamber Musicians featuring Larry Combs, clarinet, Dennis Michel, bassoon, and Eugene Izotov, oboe. (January 17, 2010)

Larry Combs has enjoyed a rich and varied career over the past four decades as an orchestral player, chamber musician, educator, and jazz player. Mr. Combs joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1974 and was appointed Principal Clarinet by Sir George Solti in 1978, a position he held until his retirement in 2008. In 1986 Larry was one of five musicians who helped found The Chicago Chamber Musicians. Besides CCM, he has also collaborated in chamber music concerts with Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Yo-Yo Ma, Chicago String Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet, and many others. Mr. Combs currently an adjunct professor on the faculty of the School of Music of DePaul University. He was awarded his second Grammy for his recording of Richard Strauss’ Duo Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, and orchestra with David McGill, bassoon, and Daniel Barenboim leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.(Bio courtesy of CCM)

Dennis Michel joined CCM as an ensemble member in 2004 after performing as a guest artist for several seasons. Mr. Michel also serves as CCM's Professional Development Program Administrator. He is Second Bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and previously served as Principal Bassoon of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera. As a chamber musician, Mr. Michel has performed on many prestigious series including the Weill Recital Hall series at Carnegie Hall, the Da Camera Society of Houston, and at festivals including the Bard Festival in New York, Summerfest La Jolla, and California’s San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. Among his chamber music collaborators are pianist Andre Previn, cellist Lynn Harrell, violinists Sheryl Staples and Andres Cardenes, and clarinetist David Shifrin. He was a founding member of the Arioso Wind Quintet and toured and recorded with that group from 1986 until 1996. Mr. Michel is a faculty member at Roosevelt University where he teaches bassoon and chamber music. (Bio courtesy of CCM)

Eugene Izotov is principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, appointed by Daniel Barenboim in 2005. He previously has served as principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, associate principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, and principal oboe of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Izotov has performed as guest principal oboe with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony Orchestra. He appears regularly with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, most recently performing Robert Schumann's Three Romances, Op. 94 with James Levine at the piano. He is a frequent soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has also been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops, Kansas City Symphony, United States Army Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony, performing works by Mozart, Strauss, Marcello, Krommer, Hummel, and Bach. Mr. Izotov, a native of Russia, is currently on the faculties of DePaul and Roosevelt universities. (Bio courtesy of CSO)

Chicago Early Music Consort(February 28, 2010)

Acclaimed as an ensemble of “imaginative” programming and “delicate, flawlessly-played music,” the Chicago Early Music Consort recreates the rich and diverse sounds of the late Renaissance and early Baroque chamber repertoire in a historically-informed manner. Founded by Gary Berkenstock, the consort performs throughout the Chicagoland and Wisconsin areas. The core ensemble consists of a “broken” consort of viola da gamba Phillip W. Serna, soprano Stephanie Sheffield, lute/theorbo Joel Spears, and recorders Gary Berkenstock. Programs are built around historical themes in order to provide modern audiences with a meaningful social context that will enrich their musical experience.

Arianna String Quartet (March 14, 2010)

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Formed in 1992, they garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the 1994 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions. They were also Laureates in the 1999 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. In 2000, the members of the Arianna String Quartet were appointed to the faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as Artist Teachers and Quartet-in-Residence, and were recently named Associate Professors of Music. The Arianna Quartet has concertized throughout the United States, Mexico, Japan, Canada and France, including critically acclaimed performances at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. They have collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Bernard Greenhouse, Richard Stoltzman, and members of the Vermeer Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, and Cleveland Quartet. The Arianna String Quartet has been featured in concerts at the Spoleto, Banff, Norfolk, and Strings in the Mountains festivals, was Ensemble-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited by Isaac Stern to perform in his first ever Carnegie Hall master classes. They have been heard on live nationally broadcast performances in Osaka, Japan, and on Canada’s CBC radio, several times as part of Chicago’s prestigious Dame Myra Hess Series, and on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program.


A Poem about the Gallery Chamber Series


Quintet at Fermilab

Four ladies in the Lexus
Gliding down the road
Looking out at Fermi Fields
Covered up with snow

Like butter cream frosting
Upon an endless cake
Pat comments at the crossing
Of the cold and frozen lake

The buffalo are huddling
Against the sheltered barn
The chamber music’s waiting
On the far side of the farm

Flutes, bassoons, and oboes,
Clarinets, French horns
Another lovely afternoon
Of tundra winter warmed

Besty Jenkins, written 2/18/07

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