2019-20 Masterworks Series

The 62nd Season begins September 21


Purchase season or single tickets by calling the Box Office at (847) 295-2135, or following the links below.

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The Masterworks Series concerts take place in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Community Center and the James Lumber Center at the College of Lake County. Each season the Masterworks Series concerts attract more than 4,000 Subscribers and single ticket purchasers from 51 Illinois communities.

A complimentary pre-concert lecture, hosted by Resident Music Historian Jim Kendros, will take place an hour prior to the concert.


Opening Night & Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin

Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:30pm
Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:00pm

Join the Lake Forest Symphony on the red carpet for Opening Night of our 62nd Season On Saturday, September 21! After a pre-concert party, the Symphony kicks off its season with Prokofiev’s “symphonic fairy tale for children” Peter and the Wolf. A very special guest narrator from the Citadel Theatre will join the Symphony in bringing this classic story to life! In the second half Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate gives the world premiere of his new cadenza in Tchaikovsky’s landmark Concerto for Violin.

Netanel Draiblate, Soloist

Netanel Draiblate, Soloist

HAYDN
Symphony No. 6Le Matin”

S. PROKOFIEV
Peter and the Wolf

TCHAIKOVSKY
Concerto for Violin (featuring Netanel Draiblate)

 
 

John & Nancy Hughes Theater
400 East Illinois Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

 

Scheherazade's "Visions"

Saturday, October 26, 2019 7:30pm
Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:00pm

Rimsky-Korsakov’s iconic and dazzling orchestral showpiece Scheherazade brings to life the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. And Maestro Kulenovic and the Symphony present the premiere of Composer-in-Residence Jim Stephenson’s passionate and evocative new Symphony No. 3 “Visions”.

James Stephenson

James Stephenson

STEPHENSON
Symphony No. 3 “Visions” (Professional premiere performance)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Scheherazade, op. 35

 
 

James lumber center
19351 W Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030

 

Romance & Broadway

Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:30pm
Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:00pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Lake Forest Symphony as Maestro Kulenovic brings the music of Broadway to Lake Forest! Selections from Broadway classics like Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story share the stage with the Symphony’s own Principal Clarinetist Kathy Pirtle in Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet.

Kathryne Pirtle, clarinet

Kathryne Pirtle, clarinet

PRICE
Concert Overture on Negro Spirituals No. 2

MOZART
Concerto for Clarinet
(
Kathryne Pirtle, soloist)

ELGAR
Salut d’Amour

LLOYD WEBER
Selections from Phantom of the Opera & Cats

BERNSTEIN
West Side Story Suite

 

John & Nancy Hughes Theater
400 East Illinois Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

 

Musical Mentors: Kodaly & Kulenovic, Haydn & Beethoven

Saturday, March 14, 2020 7:30pm
Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:00pm

All great composers learned from the prolific composers before them. Hear how these musical heroes inspired the next generation. Maestro Kulenovic gives the American Premiere of his father’s great work, Concerto Precipitato.

Zoltan Kodaly

Zoltan Kodaly

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Vuk Kulenovic

Vuk Kulenovic

Joseph Haydn

Joseph Haydn

KODALY
Dances of Galanta

KULENOVIC
Concerto Precipitato for Violin and Viola (American Premiere)

BEETHOVEN
Prometheus Overture

HAYDN
Symphony No. 7 “Le Midi”

BEETHOVEN
Egmont Overture

 

John & Nancy Hughes Theater
400 East Illinois Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

 

Ode to Joy,  Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Saturday, May 16, 2020 7:30pm
Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:00pm

Witness the grand finale of the season with Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration! Beginning in 2014, the Symphony’s “Beethoven Symphony Cycle” has built towards this momentous occasion and the world premiere of the Lake Forest Symphony Chorus. This chorus brings together individuals from across Illinois communities focused on bringing Friedrich Schiller’s words, Alle Menschen werden Brüder “all people are Brothers” to life.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

HAYDN
Symphony No. 8 “Le Soir”

BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 9

 

James lumber center
19351 W Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030