2019-2020 Season

Photo by Elliot Mandel

Photo by Elliot Mandel

The Lake Forest Symphony and Music Director Vladimir Kulenovic announce the 2019/20 season.

The Symphony returns to Lake Forest to perform three Masterworks Series weekends in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Center.


Season highlights include:

  • Three concert pairs will take place in Lake Forest at the Gorton Community Center and two concert pairs will take place in Grayslake at the College of Lake County.

  • Music Director Vladimir Kulenovic describes the 2019/20 season one of the organization’s “most adventurous” seasons in 62 years.

  • The Symphony will perform two premieres: Symphony No. 3 “Visions” by Composer in Residence James Stephenson (professional premiere) and Concerto Precipitato by Maestro Kulenovic’s father, Vuk Kulenovic (American premiere).

  • The Masterworks Series will include works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Florence Price, Bernstein, Kodaly, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.

  • The Salon Series continues with four concerts in Lake Forest. The 2018-19 Season saw immense growth in this series: 94% increase in attendance and a 90% increase in ticket sales! This season will again feature players from the Symphony, including a performance by the cello section and a holiday brass concert in December 2019.

  • The 62nd Season closes with a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in a performance of his 9th Symphony. This will be the finale of the Beethoven Symphony Cycle, originally started in 2014. The performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony will also be the premiere of the Lake Forest Symphony Chorus.

  • Guest artists include Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate performing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin, and Principal Clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle performing Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet.

  • 2019/20 season ticket packages for subscribers go on sale April 15.

The Lake Forest Symphony is proud to announce the 2019-20 Season which begins September 21st and will feature ten concerts in Lake Forest, four concerts in Grayslake and other special events.

The landmark return to Lake Forest began in 2016 with the Symphony offices moving to the Gorton Community Center. In the 2017-18 Season, the Symphony performed its first concerts in Lake Forest since moving to Grayslake after the close of Barat College in 2005. The search for a local venue continued until the 2018-19 Season with the Symphony performing to a sold-out audience in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Community Center. "Coming home has been a long-term goal for the organization and we are thrilled to be back in Lake Forest for ten shows!" said Timothy Corpus, Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony. "The Gorton Community Center has been a wonderful partner and we’re excited to continue working with them next season.”

The Lake Forest Symphony celebrates its return to Lake Forest with an Opening Night party before the first concert on September 21st.

The Masterworks Series will engage the imagination of the youngest audiences with the fairy tale of Peter and the Wolf, enchant the grown-ups with the story of Scheherazade, take audiences to Broadway for Valentine’s Day, and finish with a magnificent 250th Birthday party for Ludwig van Beethoven.

In the season finale concert of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony will debut the brand-new Lake Forest Symphony Chorus. This new ensemble will include members from the surrounding communities, coming together under the baton of Maestro Kulenovic. This will also be the finale of Lake Forest Symphony’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle, originally started in 2014.

“A special place for me in this season,” explained Music Director Vladimir Kulenovic, “is held for two premieres: the professional premiere of the third Symphony of my dear friend James Stephenson, and the North American posthumous premiere of Concerto Precipitato written by my father Vuk Kulenovic.” The season will also include the Symphony’s first performance of Concert Overture on Negro Spirituals No. 2 by Florence Price and a special Broadway concert in February 2020 featuring West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

“Our Salon Series, an audience favorite, continues to be a hit in Lake Forest!” said Raymond Frick, Lake Forest Symphony Board President. The Salon Series features chamber music performances by Lake Forest Symphony musicians with a complimentary pre-concert reception. “This popular Friday evening experience has been record-breaking for the organization with a 94% increase in attendance and a 90% increase in ticket sales over last season!” The 2019-20 Salon Series includes a performance by the Symphony cello section and a holiday brass concert in December 2019.

This season the Symphony will feature Symphony musicians as soloists as well as special guests. Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate returns to the stage for Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin and Principal Clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet. Special guests will join the Lake Forest Symphony in the premiere performance of Concerto Precipitato by Vuk Kulenovic as well as for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Patrons renewing season ticket packages can access all Lake Forest Symphony 2019-20 concerts listed below. To renew your season ticket package, call the Box Office at (847) 295-2135. Subscriptions can be renewed now and single tickets go on sale August 1, 2019. Subscribers enjoy a variety of benefits, including priority seating, free unlimited ticket exchanges, invitations to special events, and more.