Orion Ensemble Hosting 25th Anniversary Benefit at Historic Dunham Woods Riding Club

Award-winning Orion Ensemble: (L-R):Violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, pianist Diana Schmück, clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle and cellist Judy Stone (photo by Cornelia Babbitt).

Winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, The Orion Ensemble will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a benefit performance and party Saturday, October 7 at 12 noon at Dunham Woods Riding Club in Wayne, Illinois. Proceeds will help support Orion's performances and outreach efforts to young student musicians.

The event will feature a special concert by Orion in the intimate setting of the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. After the performance, guests will enjoy lunch and mingle and chat with the musicians. This event will offer Orion fans an extra chance to enjoy the ensemble's music while supporting its work.

Orion's 25th anniversary season features four concert programs, all welcoming guest violist (and frequent collaborator) Stephen Boe. "A Beautiful Oboe and Friends," also features guests Alex Klein, oboe, and Robert Kassinger, bass, on a program of Mozart, Prokofiev and Schubert, in September and October; "Let's Tango," features works by Bernstein, von Dohnanyi, Horn and Schumann, in November; "Old Meets New," highlights a world premiere in honor of the 25th anniversary by Sebastian Huydts, along with works by Bruch, Klein and Fauré, in March; and "Quintessential Quintets," welcomes guest artist violinist Mathias Tacke performing on a program including Weber, Gershwin and Dvořák, in May. Each concert program takes place at three locations: Geneva, Evanston and downtown Chicago.

The Orion Ensemble's benefit concert takes place Saturday, October 7 at 12 noon at Dunham Woods Riding Club, 33w333 Army Trail, Wayne, Illinois. The requested donation is $75. For tickets or more information, call 630-628-9591 or visit orionensemble.org.