CSO Chamber Music at the University of Chicago

CSO Chamber Musicians

February 2, 2025 | 3:00PM
Mandel Hall

Part of the UChicago Presents 2024/25 CSO Chamber Music Series, Full Season, Pick 4, Pick 6, and Pick 8 subscriptions.


Robert Chen, violin

Qing Hou, violin

Lawrence Neuman, viola

John Sharp, cello

Stephen Williamson, clarinet

Umi Garrett, piano


Music in Times of Crisis

In a program investigating how artists respond to catastrophe, musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major – a masterful work that features a wistful Larghetto movement as its crown jewel – and Messiaen’s haunting Quartet for the End of Time, written and premiered while the composer was in a German prisoner-of-war camp. 

Scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Messiaen’s "Quartet for the End of Time" incorporates a range of colorful sounds charged with spiritual energy, evoking images of singing birds, rainbows and angels.