Our 5th Birthday is coming up!

It's hard to believe, but it's been five years since Chicago Q Ensemble came into existence! Some five-year-olds celebrate by going to kindergarten. We're skipping that and heading straight for the good stuff by throwing a champagne birthday brunch on Michigan Avenue. 

Back in 2010, we were a clarinet quintet -- and an extremely DIY operation. So much so, in fact, that we actually purchased 60 folding chairs and carried them into our first concert venue ourselves. We were young. We were tough.

Ellen and Aimee, bottom left and center, with our three emeritus co-founders, Yevgeny, Liz, and Adrienne. Aimee has not gotten any taller in these five years. Ellen's hair has just gotten shorter. Yevgeny teaches at University of Trinidad & Tobago, Liz is a physical therapist, and Adrienne moved to Kentucky and spent time playing with the Nashville Symphony. We'd say they've done quite well for themselves.

Ellen and Aimee, bottom left and center, with our three emeritus co-founders, Yevgeny, Liz, and Adrienne. Aimee has not gotten any taller in these five years. Ellen's hair has just gotten shorter. Yevgeny teaches at University of Trinidad & Tobago, Liz is a physical therapist, and Adrienne moved to Kentucky and spent time playing with the Nashville Symphony. We'd say they've done quite well for themselves.

Thanks to the amazing support of our family, friends and the Chicago musical community, we've come a long way. In late 2011, we were joined by our superstar cellist Sara Sitzer.

We had an amazing few years with violinist emeritus Kate Carter, including one of our favorite collaborations ever: Fjords with Manual Cinema.

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When Aimee was benched for fifteen months with a shoulder injury, we survived it the old-fashioned way: we found a man and started drinking.

Thanks for saving our butts that year, Dominic.

Thanks for saving our butts that year, Dominic.

In our current formation as a trio, we've found our creative stride. We've done some of the things we dreamed about five years ago.

Q with Tony Sarabia on The Morning Shift.

Q with Tony Sarabia on The Morning Shift.

Aimee onstage of the Pritzker Pavilion.

Aimee onstage of the Pritzker Pavilion.

A scene from our first show, THREE-SIDED.

A scene from our first show, THREE-SIDED.

A scene from our second show, NO EXIT.

A scene from our second show, NO EXIT.

We've played on WBEZ, in Millennium Park, and we've created two theater-musical shows with Deirdre Harrison. But in some ways, we're just getting started. Our tiny operation needs your support.

This birthday brunch is our first fundraising event ever ---  We hope you'll help us kick off the next five years right by reserving your ticket and celebrating with us. Every dollar we raise will help us continue presenting innovative work in 2015, including the premiere of a new performance piece on June 7, 2015.

We'll cook brunch for you and eat it with you. And then we'll share the premiere of an exclusive, friends-only musical-theatrical performance. We'll toast the last five years, and the next five. As an ensemble, we believe we have something special to offer, and we're grateful for your friendship and support.

See you on December 7!