Lake Forest Symphony Announces 2018-19 Season

The Lake Forest Symphony cuts ticket prices by 25% for 2018-19 Season!

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The Lake Forest Symphony is proud to announce the 2018-19 Season which begins September and will feature 9 concerts of classical, jazz, contemporary and film scores, along with special events.

In a historic move, the Symphony is lowering all ticket prices by 25%. "We want to make sure that the performances by these amazing musicians are accessible to everyone." Said Timothy Corpus, Lake Forest Symphony Executive Director, "Now that the Symphony manages our own Box Office, we are able to make adjustments to meet the needs of our audience. We are focused on making the Symphony easy to access which is why we will also be releasing a brand new website this summer."

Last year, in its 60th Anniversary Season, the Symphony made a triumphant return to Lake Forest by performing at the Lake Forest Academy. The Symphony will remain in Lake Forest in the 2018-19 Season by performing two concerts in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater of the Gorton Community Center. 

With the Salon Series enjoying record attendance and ticket sales, an additional special presentation has been added to the season. In March 2019, musicians of the Lake Forest Symphony will present newly-composed film scores performed live alongside modern silent films from around the world. Created by Access Contemporary Music, the Sound of Silent Film Festival includes Official Selections from the Lucerne International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Academy Award-nominated short films. 

Among the highlights for 2018-19, the orchestra will perform works by Copland, Bernstein, Debussy, Rachmaninov and more. The Symphony will highlight the state of Illinois in its Illinois Bicentennial Concert in November 2018. An officially endorsed event by the state of Illinois, the Lake Forest Symphony will present works by Illinois composers Jim Stephenson, Augusta Read Thomas, Stacy Garrop, and executive director Timothy Corpus.

A special collection of guest artists will perform with the orchestra, including cellist Julian Schwarz, LFS Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate and local saxophonist Russell Kerns. Making her Lake Forest Symphony concert debut, Dana Zemtsov will bring to life the popular Romantic-era work, Harold in Italy by Hector Berlioz. The Masterworks Series closes in May with the return of pianist Wael Farouk in the herculean Third Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov.


“Music is a fundamental right, not a privilege, and this season we are furthering our effort to bring live musical performances closer to every member of our community," explains Music Director Vladimir Kulenovic, "What we are continuing to achieve through our programming, as well as through the ever-increasing artistic quality or our performances, is to involve more people on the exciting journey that we started with our audience four years ago."


Customers renewing season ticket packages can access all Lake Forest Symphony 2018-2019 concerts listed below. To renew your season ticket package, call the Box Office at (847) 295-2135. New subscription sales begin on May 21 and tickets to individual concerts go on sale August 1, 2018. Subscribers enjoy a long list of benefits including priority seating, free unlimited ticket exchanges, invitations to Martinis for the Maestro, restaurant discounts, and much more.

Led by Music Director Vladimir Kulenovic, the 2018-19 Masterworks Series consists of five weekends featuring a wide range of classical repertoire. The Masterworks Series concerts take place in the James Lumber Center at the College of Lake County and the John & Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Community Center. This season the Symphony has moved up its Saturday performance time to 7:30pm.

The Next 60 Years - September 8 & 9, 2018

The Lake Forest Symphony begins its season with one of Carl Maria von Weber’s most popular works, the Overture to Der Freischütz. Following the overture, one of today’s leading cellists Julian Schwarz makes his Lake Forest Symphony debut with Shostakovich’s landmark Concerto for Cello. Maestro Kulenovic then leads the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s famed Fifth Symphony, a striking romantic staple and favorite among audiences everywhere.

Illinois Bicentennial Concert & La Mer - November 10 & 11, 2018

Illinois is turning 200! The symphony celebrates the bicentennial with music by Illinois composers Jim Stephenson, Augusta Read Thomas, Stacy Garrop, and our own Executive Director Timothy Corpus. Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate performs Stephenson’s popular violin concerto, Tributes. The concert concludes with Debussy’s monumental impressionistic work, La Mer.

Strings Attached and Detached - January 18, 19 & 20, 2019

The Lake Forest Symphony’s heraldic brass and percussion sections open the season’s most unique concert with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. The works that follow by Mozart, Strauss, and Stephenson will continue to add players and saxophone soloist Russell Kerns to the stage, as well as continue Kulenovic’s Haydn Symphony cycle. The great finale will be celebrated by all forces joining together in Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music!

*January 18 & 19 will be presented in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Community Center.

Beethoven & Berlioz - April 13 & 14, 2019

The Lake Forest Symphony’s Beethoven cycle continues with his highly-provocative First Symphony. Continuing with firsts, the Symphony invites one of the world’s finest emerging violists, Dana Zemtsov, for her U.S. orchestral debut! Ms. Zemtsov brings to life a popular Romantic-era programmatic work, Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, which was inspired by Lord Byron’s narrative poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 - May 18 & 19, 2019

The Lake Forest Symphony begins its final concert of the season with Tchaikovsky’s exciting Polonaise, only to be silenced by the introspective and mysterious beginning of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. A profound and tremendous work, it was a significant factor in Maestro Kulenovic’s dedication to music from a very early age. The season concludes with pianist Wael Farouk’s return to Lake Forest in the herculean Third Piano Concerto of Sergei Rachmaninov.

Salon Series

Now in its third season, the Salon Series offer a special evening of music, mingling, hors d'oeuvre and drinks. Presented at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, Illinois, the Salon Series offers a wide variety of musical styles in a relaxed setting with complimentary food and beverages.

4spiel - Friday, October 12, 2018

Sounds of Change: Music of the 60's and 70's

From Hendrix to Shostakovitch, the late 60's and 70's were a time of transformation, as musicians were using their music to as a catalyst for change. Some raised their voices in protest, while others delighted in breaking ground with new musical forms. 4spiel brings a dynamic playlist, ranging from hard rock,to musical theater and back to classical. Join the quartet and a guest vocalist for their signature mix of tunes, stories and banter as they recreate the musical revolution of the 60's and 70's!
Music of Bernstein, Shostakovitch, Hendrix, Sondheim, Marvin Gaye, Dave Brubeck and more!

Gymnopédie Duo - Friday, February 15, 2019

Les Six: Paris in the Roaring Twenties

Join Lake Forest Symphony Musicians Dileep Gangolli, clarinet and Janice MacDonald, flute, as they perform music by composers of Les Six, a consortium of French composers who wrote music between the two World Wars influenced by the dance halls, jazz bands, and speakeasies of the Era.  The goal of the Les Six was to make music simple and accessible while turning the staid concert hall into a boisterous nightclub with a party atmosphere.  In this concert, that's just what we'll do. Come join us as we turn the Gorton Center into a French nightclub and perform saucy musical selections while you sip on wines and cheeses from the Langedoc and Rhone regions of France.

The Sound of Silent Film Festival - Friday, March 1, 2019

Musicians of the Lake Forest Symphony present newly-composed film scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world. Created by Access Contemporary Music, the Sound of Silent Film Festival includes Official Selections from the Lucerne International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Academy Award-nominated short films. Ranging from comedy to drama, this evening’s performance is a perfect compromise for those torn between seeing a concert, or a movie!

Lake Forest Symphony Horns - Friday, March 29, 2019

The Orchestra Horn: A Musical History

“The sound of the horn is the soul of the orchestra”
— Robert Schumann

Find out how the horn evolved through time, around the world, and how it ended up as the soul of the orchestra!  The Symphony presents its horns from pre-history to the modern day orchestra horn. Instruments will include sea shells, animal horns, and early man-made wood and metal instruments. We’ll journey from the Baroque era, to Classical, Romantic, and through 20th and 21st century compositions, with slight detours to Manhattan, Hollywood, and Chicago!


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