Rembrandt Chamber Players deliver superb performance of Dvorak masterpiece

By Lawrence A. Johnson Chicago Classical Review Among the handful of top works in the genre, Dvořák’s Piano Quintet places high indeed, worthy to stand with those by Schumann and Brahms. Born of frustration and a failed attempt to revise an unsatisfactory early quintet in the same key, Dvořák started from scratch and completed his[…]

Rembrandt Chamber Players offer an Augusta Read Thomas premiere

By Gerald Fisher Chicago Classical Review One of many itinerant Chicago-area classical ensembles, the Rembrandt Chamber Players puts on well-balanced, well-played concerts, often with a programming twist thrown in. For their debut concert at the new Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago Sunday afternoon, the twist was Augusta Read Thomas’s Pilgrim[…]

2013 Rembrandt Young Artists

Our 18th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition was held on February 3, 2013 at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University. Congratulations to our 2013 Rembrandt Young Artists! Competition Winners 2nd Place: Acaso String Quartet Harriet Han, Owen Ruff, Cordelia Brand, Martin Nyberg Midwest Young Artists 2nd Place: Precipice Saxophone Quartet Justin Udry, Natalia Drozdoff,[…]

The Best Jazz Concerts of 2012

By Howard Reich Chicago Tribune 2012 was a characteristically plentiful year in jazz performance, Chicagoans hearing a tremendous range of music. The best concerts, in chronological order: March 1: Tammy McCann at the Jazz Showcase. The majestic Chicago singer designed her four-night run as a tribute to the late tenor-saxophone giant Von Freeman. An exalted[…]

Rembrandt Chamber Players open with a bracing mix of past and present

By Lawrence A. Johnson Chicago Classical Review The Rembrandt Chamber Players’ season-opening program was a characteristic one, offering a Romantic cornerstone, a chamber arrangement of a 20th-century standard and a genre-traversing work commissioned by the ensemble. The concert took place Monday night at the Driehaus Museum on East Erie, a remarkable, painstakingly restored 19th-century gilded[…]

Rembrandt takes on Stravinsky, Marsalis

Chamber group delivers rare performance of classical-jazz merger by Howard Reich Chicago Tribune Fourteen years ago, a large audience crowded Orchestra Hall for the Chicago premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ “A Fiddler’s Tale,” a full-blooded jazz response to Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” (“The Soldier’s Tale”). The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with Marsalis on[…]

2012 Rembrandt Young Artists

Our 17th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition was held on February 5, 2012 at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University. Congratulations to our 2012 Winners! Competition Winners 1st Place (the Gunzberg-Gross Award): The Meshugene Quartet Rachel Stenzel, Lise Chertok, Ariel Chapman, Chris Gao Midwest Young Artists 2nd Place: Contrapunctus Alan Snow, James Hanford, Andrea[…]

Rembrandt Chamber Players deliver exhilarating performances of rarely heard works

By WYNNE DELACOMA Chicago Classical Review The Rembrandt Chamber Players have been a lively, gifted ensemble since their first concert 21 seasons ago. Formed by some of Chicago’s leading musicians, they manage to find the sweet musical spot between the familiar and the unusual. The sense of discovery was high at Sunday night’s concert in[…]