Lake Forest Symphony Celebrates Illinois Bicentennial

The Lake Forest Symphony will present an officially sponsored Bicentennial Celebration Concert on November 10th & 11th at the James Lumber Center of the College of Lake County.

For the celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial, Maestro Kulenovic and the Symphony will be presenting works by four living Illinois composers including Tim Corpus, Jim Stephenson, Stacy Garrop, and Augusta Read Thomas. Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate will be performing Jim Stephenson’s popular concerto Tributes Concerto for Orchestra and Violin.


 Tim Corpus

Tim Corpus

 Stacy Garrop

Stacy Garrop

 Jim Stephenson

Jim Stephenson

 Augusta Read Thomas

Augusta Read Thomas


Tim Corpus has been serving as the Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony since 2017. A graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, he studied composition with Stacy Garrop. Ms. Garrop has received numerous awards and was recently selected by Chicago Opera Theater to be the inaugural Emerging Opera Composer of Chicago Opera Theater’s new Vanguard Initiative for 2018-2020, during which she will compose a new chamber opera. Jim Stephenson is currently the Composer-in-Residence with the Lake Forest Symphony and his concerto for clarinet, Liquid Melancholy, was recently performed and recorded by the Lake Forest Symphony and released by Cedille Records. Augusta Read Thomas, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Grammy award-winning composer, recently founded the University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Composition; a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment for the creation, performance and study of new music and for the advancement of the careers of emerging and established composers, performers, and scholars.

The second half of the concert will feature Claude Debussy’s landmark impressionistic composition, La Mer. After the concert, the Symphony will host a post-concert reception celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial. The Symphony is also teaming up with Lake County Cares for their annual fall food drive. Audience members are encouraged to donate dry goods and non-perishable items.

Illinois Bicentennial Celebration & La Mer
7:30pm, November 10, 2018
2:00pm, November 11, 2018
James Lumber Center
19351 W Washington St
Grayslake, IL 60030

Single tickets and subscriptions for the concerts are available now. Tickets start at an all new low price of $29 with student tickets starting at $15. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Box Office by calling (847) 295-2135.