[Photo provided by Ksenia Poulber]
[Cellist and composer Ian Maksin will appear as a guest artist with The Orion Ensemble.]
On the program is a non-Russian offering by Gaspar Cassadó, Piano Trio in C Major, with flamenco moments and Spanish temperament and rhythm structure, Ramniceanu said, calling it a lot of fun to play.
She said it dovetails nicely with the original composition being performed by the Russian-born Maksin in his unique, improvisatory style, ranging from tango to blues to jazz to Russian and Eastern European folk songs. Maksin is on his latest world tour.
A regular guest with Orion is Stephen Boe.
"He is a fantastic violist who has performed worldwide," Ramniceanu said, praising his expressive sound, colorful vibrato and deep music making. "He started playing viola as well as violin with Orion. … He has the same musical philosophy we do, which is to go all out – sing your heart out."
Ramniceanu said the First Congregational Church is Orion Ensemble Executive Director Pirtle's church, noting the acoustics are beautiful.
"We are looking forward to meeting new people in Glen Ellyn," Ramniceanu said. "It's a tremendous program and the kind … we cannot wait to play."
Orion's 2018-19 season, which includes violist Boe on all programs, continues with "French Musical Treasure," with works by Beethoven, Garrop, Van de Vate and Chaminade in March, and "A Brahms Finale," featuring works by Uhl, Prokofiev and Brahms in May. Selections from Orion's albums air on WFMT radio.
If you go
WHAT: The Orion Ensemble presents "Russian Passion"
WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 11
WHERE: First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, 535 Forest Ave.
COST: $26, $23 for seniors, $10 for students, free for children 12 and younger; subscriptions
INFO: 630-628-9591, orionensemble.org