2010 – 2011 Season

2010-2011 Concert Season

All programs will take place at the Family Piano Co.
114 South Genesee Street, Sunday Evenings.

Fifth House Ensemble, October 24, 2010, 7:30 PM
Piano Trio from the Orion Ensemble, November 14, 2010, 7:30 PM
Cavatina Duo, January 23, 2011, 7:30 PM
Quintet Attacca, April 10, 2011, 7:30 PM


Artist Biographies

Fifth House Ensemble

October 24, 2010, 7:30 PM

Fifth House EnsembleThe Chicago‐based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group which has been praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Fifth House’s innovative programs engage audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues.

Performances are aimed at highlighting relationships between classical music and art forms as diverse as film, dance, gourmet food, theater, winemaking and visual art, as well as creating new sounds through collaborations with artists of other music genres.

Continuing to pioneer the art of narrative chamber music, Fifth House collaborates with graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels to present its third annual subscription series, titled Black Violet, for the 2009‐2010 season. This unprecedented partnership melds music of the highest caliber, vivid imagery, riveting narrative, and compelling characters as graphic novel slides illustrate the story. Performances combine on‐screen projections, staging, and live music performance to create a unique experience for audiences of all types.

Piano Trio from the Orion Ensemble

November 14, 2010, 7:30 PM

The Orion EnsembleThe award‐winning Orion Ensemble is now the Ensemble‐in‐Residence of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. The nationally recognized and highly acclaimed group of five core musicians is dedicated to performing a broad repertoire of chamber music at the highest level. They bring world‐class concerts to a varied, growing audience in Illinois and across the nation.

The Orion Ensemble tours nationally and presents three Chicago area series each year. One of Chicago’s finest chamber music groups, the Orion Ensemble boasts a roster of superb musicians who have
performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Music of the Baroque and at music festivals including Ravinia, Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, Salzburg, and Banff.

Their impressive repertoire combines an expansive range of composers and styles, including works by masters such as Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy as well as pieces from contemporary composers, including William Bolcom, Peter Schickele, Robert Kritz, James Wintle, Jackson Berkey, and Augusta Read Thomas. Widely committed to expanding the repertoire for piano quartet and clarinet, the ensemble continues to inspire composers with commissions for new works written especially for their unique combination of instruments.

Cavatina Duo

January 23, 2011, 7:30 PM

Cavatina DuoCavatina Duo has captivated audiences with their electrifying performances across North America, Europe and Asia in such major venues and festivals as Ravinia (Chicago), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Aix‐en‐Provence Summer Festival (France), Eem & Veem Festival (Netherlands), International Guitar Festival of Frechen (Germany), Symphony Center Chicago, the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan), National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, National Flute convention Gala Concert, USA, among many others.

The duo’s repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. A high point of their concerts is music inspired by the folk traditions of their native lands of Spain and the Balkans.

Winner of no fewer than eleven international competitions, Denis Azabagic has been described as a “virtuoso with flawless technique” by Soundboard Magazine. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago and Madrid Symphonies, among many others. His discography includes nine CDs, two DVDs and a manual entitled “On Competitions — Dealing with Performance Stress”. He is a member of the guitar faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University.

The duo’s blend of Spanish passion and Balkan sensibility make their concerts a unique experience.

Quintet Attacca

April 10, 2011, 7:30 PM

Quintet AttaccaFounded in 1999, Quintet Attacca is one of Chicago’s most dynamic chamber music ensembles. Grand Prize Winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quintet has spent the past three years in residence with the Chicago Chamber Musicians’ Professional Development Program. Quintet Attacca is also proud to be in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago and Lake Forest College.

Quintet Attacca is one of only two wind quintets in the 35‐year history of the Fischoff Competition to have received the Grand Prize. In that same year, the quintet was invited to be a finalist for Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center. Quintet Attacca is an emsemble dedicated to bringing the unique sound of the wind quintet to all types of audiences: to this end, the quintet has played in venues across the Midwest, with extensive programming in Chicago. Quintet Attacca has reached audiences from Italy (at the 2003 Emilia Romagne Festival) to New York (at the Schneider Concerts Series at the New School) to concert halls all over Chicagoland. Recent performances have included the “First Monday Series” at the Chicago Cultural
Center, Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series, a week‐long educational residency with the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the quintet’s fourth annual “Q&A with QA” at the Music Institute in Evanston.