An Evening of Festive French Music

An Evening of Festive French Music

With the Black Oak Ensemble

Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.
$35 members • $50 non-members
In Person

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Enjoy an evening of Festive French Music in the company of the Black Oak Ensemble, one of the premier chamber ensembles in the United States. Praised for their “insightful, committed and masterful performances" and known for their “fierce eloquence”, the Black Oak Ensemble comprises Grammy-nominated violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe of the acclaimed Lincoln Trio, and violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli, a founding member of the groundbreaking Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet. 

Champagne will be served before the performance from 6 to 6:30 p.m with the concert beginning promotly at 6:30 p.m.

Last season, the ensemble’s debut album, Silenced Voices―a deeply personal program dedicated to mid-20th Century Jewish composers, most of whom lost their lives during the Holocaust―was released on Cedille Records; it went on to be featured by Gramophone Magazine, Strings Magazine, and BBC Radio 3. The ensemble was recently featured live from New York by The Violin Channel, and had an appearance on Sirius XM.

The Black Oak Ensemble put down roots in the south of France, creating Musique Dans Le Gers, a music festival that provides an opportunity to work with young artists and share their experiences and music with the community.

As dedicated educators, Black Oak has held residencies at Eau Claire University, St. John’s School for the Arts (USVI), Arizona State University, the New Music School, and Safford Arizona. Currently they serve as Ensemble-in-Residence at the New Music School in Chicago.

The ensemble is named for the black oak, a beautiful tree native to its home state of Illinois. One stands in the front yard of Desirée Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe’s house.

This program is made possible in part thanks to the support of Betsey and Dale Pinkert.


Your safety is our priority! Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours is required. Pre-registration is mandatory.