The Orion Ensemble, winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, showcases "Sounds of Russia," featuring works by Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff and welcoming three special guests at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles.
Two seniors from the Chicago High School for the Arts serve as narrators accompanying the musicians for the Stravinsky Suite: Samuela Nematchoua, acting major, and Chandler Browne, musical theater major.
Pianist, composer and Columbia College Chicago Director of Keyboard Studies Sebastian Huydts, who has written works for Orion and provided commentary at the ensemble's concerts in October and November 2013, joins Orion pianist Diana Schmück for the Rachmaninoff Suite.
Violinist and violist Stephen Boe, a highly sought-after chamber musician who has performed with the Chicago Ensemble and is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, joins the Orion musicians for the Beethoven String Trio.
Tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students.
Admission is free for children 12 and younger. For tickets or more information, call (630) 628-9591 or visit orionensemble.org.