Our 2019
2020 Season

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Meet the ICA

In 2006, a small group of musicians formed the International Chamber Artists. ICA has grown steadily and responsibly, bringing emerging artists and great music to Chicago. What started out as an idea among friends has grown to become one of the premier chamber music organizations in Chicago. ICA is a non-profit chamber music ensemble currently made up of 21 musicians. To create the audience of the future, ICA strives to present a wide variety of music during each season. ICA concerts at St. Gregory’s combine music education and performance in a unique and accessible way. ICA gives numerous concerts throughout the year at St. Gregory the Great Church in Andersonville, at the Chicago Cultural Center, at the Belden Stratford, at St. James Cathedral and on Chicago’s classical radio station 98.7 WFMT.

Our Season

2019 - 2020

September 20, 22

Featuring Youming Chen - Viola
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Serenade in D Major for Flute, Violin, and Viola, Op. 25 (23')
  • Maurice Duruflé
    Prelude, Recitative, and Variations (13')
  • Ernst von Dohnányi
    Serenade in C Major for String Trio, Op. 10 (21')
  • Ransom Wilson
    Chant d'Automne (4')
The violist Youming Chen takes the spotlight in ICA’s 2019–20 season opener, with diverse musical offerings including a little Beethovenian night music, diaphanous French sonorities, Hungarian serenades, and some good old-fashioned American “tree shredding.” You won’t want to miss it!

Sunday, October 20

At The Chicago Symphony Center Club, 208 S. Michigan Ave. (Ticket-reservations are needed for this event.)
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November 1, 3

  • Sergei Taneyev
    Quintet for Piano and Strings (42’)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 96 (30')
A French violinist provides the surprising nineteenth-century connection to Russia in a stunning violin sonata by Beethoven, while the Russian legend Taneyev brilliantly combines virtuosity with architectonics in his Quintet for Piano and Strings.
This program is part of a three-year Bach, Beethoven, then Brahms project. This concert is appropriate for family members of all ages.

September 20, 22

Family Concert
This program is part of a three-year Bach, Beethoven, then Brahms project. This concert is appropriate for family members of all ages.

February 21, 22

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, "Archduke" (45')
  • Tielman Susato, arr. by John Iveson and Urban Agnas
    Dances for Brass Quintet (10’)
  • J.S. Bach, arr. by David Baldwin
    Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552,     "St. Anne," for Brass Quintet (14')
Come and hear how Renaissance folks learned how to let loose at a dance party in an updated and lively brass arrangement, followed by an equally colorful arrangement of a Bach prelude and fugue, and then settle in for one of Beethoven’s masterpieces: his celebrated “Archduke” piano trio.
This concert is a musical potpourri of offerings, from a legendary Czech lament based upon an epic poem, to a Beethoven quintet that pays homage to Mozart, to three songs based on the poetry of e.e. cummings, to the stunning and hauntingly beautiful conclusion in one of Strauss’s last works about the end of days.

March 29, April 5

Featuring a new arrangement by Cliff Colnot
  • Richard Strauss, arr. by Cliff Colnot
    Four Last Songs (23')
  • Gwyneth Walker
    Three Songs on Poetry of E. E. Cummings (8'30")
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, Op. 16 (27')
  • Joseph Suk
    Elegie, Op. 23 (5')

May 31, June 7

  • Modeste Mussorgsky, Arr. Cliff Colnot
    Pictures from an Exhibition (35')
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Sextet in E-flat Major for Two Horns and Strings, Op. 81b (17')
  • Libby Larsen
    Black Birds, Red Hills: A Portrait of Six Paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe (9')
Evocative pictures come to life in this concert in the form of music inspired by art and the outdoors. Opening with music inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, the ICA musicians will then transport you to Beethoven’s sound depictions of the nineteenth-century hunt and the fanfare, dramatically concluding in a new brass arrangement of a time-honored exposition from Mussorgsky.