Guest artists will perform classical chamber music this fall and winter in The Morton Arboretum’s Thornhill Education Center in Lisle. Guests can enjoy intimate, Sunday afternoon concerts while overlooking a scenic vista, followed by a reception where audience members can mingle with each other and the musicians.
“The Chamber Concert Series is a great opportunity for music and art aficionados who may not otherwise know about the Arboretum to engage and discover this special place for themselves,” said Rita Hassert, library collections manager and Chamber Concert Series organizer.
The five-concert series features nationally renowned chamber groups: Avalon String Quartet, The Newberry Consort, Second City Musick, Fifth House Ensemble and Gaudete Brass Quintet. All performances begin at 2:15 p.m. Sundays.
Avalon String Quartet - Nov. 3
Formed in 1995, the quartet has gone on to win numerous prestigious awards, including the top prize at the 2000 Music Competition of the ARD, the 1999 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the 1998 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
The Newberry Consort - Dec. 8
The ensemble has been entertaining audiences for nearly three decades. Directed by David Douglass, Newberry Musician-in-Residence, and early-music diva Ellen Hargis, the group plumbs the Newberry Library's vast music collection for their selections. A concert of 17th- and 18th-century music of Italy and England will be presented for the Arboretum concert.
Second City Musick - Jan. 5
The Chicago-based ensemble of viols specializes in 16th- to 18th-century consort music. Active within the early-music community in Chicago, members of the trio have founded other ensembles such as the Haymarket Opera Company and Wayward Sisters, and regularly perform with Baroque Band, Callipygian Players, Music of the Baroque and The Newberry Consort.
Fifth House Ensemble - Feb. 2
The group has been praised by the New York Times for its "conviction, authority and finesse." The Chicago-based ensemble has performed in some of the city's most well-regarded series and venues, including Ravinia, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Mostly Music Series and Byron Colby Barn.
Gaudete Brass Quintet - March 2
Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet is devoted to encouraging worldwide appreciation of the art of brass chamber music. The quintet expands the brass quintet repertoire by commissioning new works from modern composers, and delivers historically informed performances of Renaissance music.
Individual concert tickets cost $24 for Arboretum members or $29 for nonmembers, including Arboretum admission. Five-concert series tickets are available for a discount of $110 for members and $135 for nonmembers.
Purchase tickets at mortonarb.org, in person at the Visitor Center or by calling 630-725-2066. A $5 transaction fee applies to all phone orders. Tickets ordered less than one week in advance will be held at will call. All others will be mailed.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. The grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. The Arboretum is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.