Lake Forest Symphony: “You’ll leave dancing”

Lake Forest Symphony’s 55th season features special guests and showcases local talent

“We’re going to have an amazing season that starts and ends with a bang,” Marty Finger, office manager at Lake Forest Symphony, said.

The Lake Forest Symphony’s season opens Sept. 7 and8 with “Dancing Dvořák.” 

“You’ll leave the concert hall dancing,” Finger said. The performance will showcase Ilya Kaler, concertmaster, in both the violin concerto and “Romance.”

“The bookends are the most popular of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and the wonderfully animated 6th Symphony,” according to a news release from the Symphony. 

“Our programming continues to reflect our commitment to offering the great works of the most revered composers, exciting masterpieces that bring audiences to their feet in appreciative awe with a judicious sprinkling of new discoveries that everyone will have been pleased to hear,” Maestro Alan Heatherington said.

Heatherington will receive the 2012 Conductor of the Year award at the season opening concerts, awarded to him by the Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) last spring.

In 2010, he received the Cultural Leadership award, the highest honor bestowed by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, for “sustained leadership, extending beyond his own organizations and community that has profoundly impacted the state of the arts in Illinois.”

“In October, we’re showcasing our composer in residence, Jim Stephenson, who has invited his friend Jeffrey Work, Principal Trumpet of the Oregon Symphony” Finger said. 

January’s performance is all strings, according to Finger said, with an international collection of works with special focus on the strings section.

March’s “Stormy Tchaikovsky” will feature a piano concerto by the winner of the Emilio Del Rosario Piano Competition in collaboration with the Music Institute of Chicago.

The season finale in May will feature Mahler’s “Resurrection,” with Chicago Master Singers Michelle Areyzaga, soprano, and Sarah Holman, mezzo-soprano.

Concerts are held at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are preceded at 7 p.m. by lectures by Jim Kendros. 

Seat prices run from $32 - $54 with discounts for seniors and youth. Free parking is available and the building is handicapped accessible.  For information and tickets call 847 295-2135 or visit the website.

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