The Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, Chicago’s premiere ensemble focusing on timeless classical chamber music and adventurous new works, celebrates its 30th anniversary season with a benefit gala Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette, 5 pm to 9 pm. Proceeds from the “30 Years” gala go to support Rembrandt’s highly acclaimed chamber music series featuring renowned guest artists, with performances in Evanston and Chicago, and Rembrandt’s annual high school chamber music competition and educational outreach programs designed to foster the next generation of classical chamber musicians and patrons.
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and performance by The Viera Quartet, second place winners in Rembrandt’s 2019 Annual High School Chamber Music Competition, followed by dinner. A silent and live auctions will offer original artwork, performing arts experiences and other items for music, art, wine and food aficionados. Attendees will delight in festivities that will include “Bach to Beethoven,” a classical music performance by Rembrandt Chamber Musicians – Rembrandt ensemble members Sandra Morgan, flute; Robert Morgan, oboe; John Macfarlane, violin; Carol Cook, viola; and Calum Cook, cello, who will be joined by soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and keyboardists Stephen Alltop and David Schrader—all leading Chicago artists and frequent collaborators with Rembrandt.
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Founded in 1990, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians is a Chicago-based ensemble featuring principal members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Rembrandt 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. For more information, visit Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Website
Rembrandt’s personality is summed up in its tagline: “Classic. Engaging. Adventurous.” The ensemble honors a rich and longstanding artistic tradition, of which it is a passionate advocate. Yet, because it is artist-driven, Rembrandt is unafraid to take creative risks, and the exploration of a breadth of repertoire is a top priority. Rembrandt also recognizes its audiences’ desire to do more than just listen: they want to be fully engaged in the compelling stories behind the music.
30th Anniversary Season
The 2019-20 season is true to its mission as it pairs staples of the chamber music repertoire with rarely-performed and newly-commissioned works. Audience favorites include Schubert’s Trout Quintet and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. RCM’s February 2020 concert celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with his String Trio No. 4, Duet for Two Obligato Eyeglasses, and the Archduke Trio. The season finale in May 2020 features a new commission by renowned Evanston-based composer Stacy Garrop alongside Mahler’s luminous Symphony No. 4, arranged for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein. Works by Handel, Telemann, Mozart, Carl Nielsen, Franz Reizenstein, and a new work by Jim Stephenson round out the season.
Tickets for Rembrandt Chamber Musicians’ “30 Years” Gala are $195 per person, or $300 for Angel supporters. Tickets are available by phone at the Rembrandt office at 872-395-1754 or online at Rembrandt Gala Website
All photos: Courtesy of Rembrandt Chamber Musicians