Rembrandt Chamber Musicians’ John Macfarlane Assumes Helm as Artistic Director for New Season, Group Debuts with World Premiere of Garrop’s Chiaroscuro.
Notable Chamber Music Ensemble Honors Beloved Founders in Season Opener, as Sandra and Robert Morgan celebrate final concert in October.
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, Chicago’s premiere ensemble focused on classical chamber music and adventurous new works, will hold its season opening concert, the world premiere of Stacy Garrop’s commissioned piece Chiaroscuro, on Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 pm in Nichols Concert Hall and Monday, October 11 at 7:30 pm in Chicago’s PianoForte.
The concert marks the farewell performance of Rembrandt founders Sandra and Robert Morgan as longtime Rembrandt violinist John Macfarlane takes over as Artistic Director of the 30+-year old group.
Chiaroscuro is defined in art as a striking difference between dark and light, and after Garrop’s piece the program embodies that concept, from the emotional shifts of a Rachmaninov trio to the youthful vigor of a Mendelssohn piano quartet. Featured pianists Jeannie Yu and Victor Asuncion join Rembrandt for this first concert of the ensemble’s 2021–2022 season:
RACHMANINOV: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor
BEETHOVEN: Allegretto in B-flat Major, WoO 39 for piano trio
Philippe GAUBERT: Tarantelle
Stacy GARROP: Chiaroscuro for piano, flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello
MENDELSSOHN: Piano Quartet No. 3 in B Minor, op. 3
About Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Founded in 1990, Chicago-based Rembrandt Chamber Musicians perpetuates classical chamber music as an accessible, engaging, and deeply personal living art form by presenting world-class performances of well-known masterworks and hidden gems from the Baroque period to the present; collaborating with renowned guest artists; commissioning living composers to create new musical works; and supporting young musicians through an annual high school chamber music competition and educational outreach initiatives. Rembrandt Chamber Musicians features principal members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as core members of the ensemble. Find more information,
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians 2021-2022 Calendar Listings
Sun., Oct. 10 | 2:00 pm | Nichols Concert Hall
Mon., Oct. 11 | 7:30 pm | PianoForte
Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor
Beethoven: Allegretto in B-flat Major, WoO 39 for piano trio
Philippe Gaubert: Tarantelle
Stacy Garrop: Chiaroscuro
Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet No. 3 in B Minor, op. 3
Holiday Baroque 2021
Sun., Dec. 5 | 3:00 pm | Alice Millar Chapel
Corelli: Concerto grosso in G Minor, op. 6, no. 8, “Christmas Concerto”
The Schumanns’ Fairy Tale
Fri., Feb. 4 | 7:30 pm | The Cliff Dwellers Club
Sun., Feb. 6 | 3:00 pm | Nichols Concert Hall
Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, op. 132
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, op. 73
Clara Schumann: Three Romances for Violin and Piano, op. 22
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, op. 47
War of the Romantics
Fri., March 11 | 7:30 pm | The Cliff Dwellers Club
Sun., March 13 | 3:00 pm | Nichols Concert Hall
Brahms: Horn Trio in E-Flat Major, op. 40
Felix Draeseke: Quintet in B-flat Major, op. 48 for piano, strings, and horn
Sun., June 12 | 3:00 pm | Nichols Concert Hall
Bernard Herrmann: “Souvenirs de Voyage”
Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D Minor, op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence”
General admission tickets to Rembrandt Chamber Musicians concerts are $41. Full season
subscriptions to RCM’s 2021-2022 season begin at $160, representing a 21% discount, and with
other subscriptions available beginning at $110. Student tickets are $12 with a valid student ID.
Tickets may be purchased online or by phone at 872-395-1754.
NOTE: Subscribers and paid single-ticket holders can access online streamed performances of all
Rembrandt’s concerts in the 2021–2022 season.
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