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Rembrandt Chamber Musicians announce 2023-2024 Concert Season Programs

Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, Chicago’s flagship ensemble covering the full spectrum of classical chamber music, has announced its 34th concert season, 2023–2024, comprising five programs to be performed at venues in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois.

Now in his third season artistic director, violinist John Macfarlane says Rembrandt remains true to its roots as “an adventurous group of friends coming together to play beautiful music, including unheralded and neglected repertoire along with the true masterpieces of the canon.” Each program, he says, is designed “to keep listeners intellectually and emotionally engaged from the first note to the last. There’s a through-line, a narrative thread that connects compositions and takes the audience on a communal journey.”

Ensemble members are Macfarlane, assistant principal second violin of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra; Carol Cook, principal viola of the Lyric Opera Orchestra; and Calum Cook, principal cello of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. All three perform in every concert, with guest artists from near and far.

General admission tickets are $36. Starting this season, student admission is free at Evanston concerts and $10 at Chicago venues, with ID. Also new are discounted FlexPass subscriptions of three, four, or five tickets that allow admission to any combination of concerts for $95, $125, and $153, respectively. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online at or by phone at 872-395-1754.

Evanston concerts include a complimentary ENCORE! wine reception with the musicians. Performances at Chicago venues include a post-concert cash bar and complimentary snacks.

Founded in 1990, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians is a Chicago-based ensemble featuring principal members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. Rembrandt champions classical chamber music as an accessible, engaging, and deeply personal living art form by presenting world-class performances of well-known masterworks and hidden gems from the Baroque period to the present. The ensemble collaborates with renowned guest artists, commissions new works, and supports young musicians through an annual high school chamber music competition and educational outreach initiatives. Website: