Lake Forest Symphony features guest soloist at two venues

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The Lake Forest Symphony's A La Baroque concert featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons Nov. 11 and 12 celebrates the organization's 60th anniversary, as well as its return to its roots.

The orchestra performs with guest soloist Philippe Quint Nov. 11 at the Cressey Center for the Arts in Lake Forest and Nov. 12 at the Lumber Center in Grayslake.

"This is an opportunity for Lake Forest to embrace its orchestra, and to further the Lake Forest community's new campaign, 'Welcome home,'" said Tim Corpus, the symphony's executive director.

It's also a recommitment to bring orchestral music to other parts of the county, he said. "It's our goal to maintain both facilities (in Lake Forest and Grayslake), to continue this coming home adventure we're on. It is important to us to be in Lake Forest."

The orchestra has performed two concerts back to back at the Lumber Center for past several seasons; now the group will do one concert in Lake Forest and one in Grayslake.

Each concert venue offers a different way to enjoy a modern string orchestra performing baroque music, Corpus said. Cressey Center is small and intimate and the Lumber Center has a wonderful sound, he said. In fact, the symphony is doing two recording sessions at the Lumber Center, he said.

At the November concert, Quint, who has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, will play on each piece.

"He's worked with us before and we wanted to work together again," Corpus said. The concert is a collaboration between Quint and orchestra director Vladimir Kulenovic, he said.

The symphony will perform some lesser-known baroque era music as well as two pieces the audience will very likely recognize — J.S. Bach's "Air on G String" and Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," Corpus said.

The audience might even be able to hum along with the melodies of those pieces she said.

Vivaldi certainly had nature in mind when he wrote "The Four Seasons," Corpus said. "In the spring movement, for example, the listener can almost hear babbling brooks and the gentle murmur of the wind," he said.

Jim Kendros, historian for the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, who will give a pre-concert lecture an hour before the performance said in his program notes:

"The music recalls images such as thunderstorms, several birds, buzzing mosquitoes, snow storms, icy landscapes and cozy warm winter fires."

Prior to his Lake Forest post, Corpus, a composer and percussionist, was executive director of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, education coordinator for the Northwest Indiana Symphony and drumline instructor at Loyola University. He joined the symphony team in July.

Sheryl DeVore is a freelance reporter for the News-Sun.

A La Baroque: Lake Forest Symphony

8 p.m., Nov. 11 in Lake Forest; 2 p.m., Nov. 12 in Grayslake

Where: Cressey Center for the Arts, 1500 Kennedy Road, Lake Forest; James Lumber Center, 19351 Washington St., Grayslake

Tickets: $15-$75

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