“The Ondas Ensemble’s unique blend of instrumentation, innovative display of repertoire, clarity of articulation and precision of ensemble sets them apart from the rest.”

Lori Ardovino
Professor of Clarinet & Saxophone
University of Montevallo

Since their first concert in 2007 as part of the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Ondas Ensemble has been delighting audiences with their inventive and unique programming of new and historic works.

Ondas – which means “waves” in both Spanish and Portuguese, also means “cool” or “latest trend.” Ondas works closely with contemporary composers, developing new works for chamber ensemble. Programming includes exciting collaborations with other music groups, guest artists such as Orbert Davis (trumpet), and dancers.

Ondas’ performing members bring to the ensemble an impressive array of talent, as well as diversity in background and culture. Our core instrumentation is flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano that expands or contracts depending on the program.

2014-2015 marks Ondas’ eighth season starting with performances for the Chicago Latino Music Festival in November 2014. An exciting addition to our programming is Ondas’ production of “O Saci” by Brazilian composer, Miguel Kertsman. “O Saci” was premiered in London’s Covent Garden Theater in August 2009 and Ondas did the U.S. premiere production.

Past seasons have included annual performances at the Chicago Latino Music Festival, performances at the Ravinia Music Festival, various live shows on WFMT-FM radio, and WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”