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The Future Is Bright And The (Rising) Stars Are Aligned!

Our 43rd Season
Four Community Concerts
Sundays at 3 p.m

Lawrence Block

“Congratulations and thank you to Larry Block and the incredibly talented members of the Highland Park Strings! May they continue to provide a cultural focal point for our city and beyond.”
– Nancy Rotering
Mayor of Highland Park

After the loss of our 42nd Season and a portion of our 41st Season due to the pandemic, we are thrilled and delighted to be able to announce that our 43rd Season will begin on October 24.

The Future Is Bright And The (Rising) Stars Are Aligned!

We recall with pride the array of outstanding soloists who have performed with us over these many years. Although over 50 members of the Chicago Symphony and a number of world-class artists such as Janos Starker, Misha Dichter, David Shifrin, Eugenia Zukerman, Ilya Kaler, and Jorge Federico Osorio have honored us with their appearances, we are especially grateful to have presented many young artists who have gone on to have splendid careers. These include Rachel Barton Pine, Jennifer Koh, Jonathan Biss, Wendy Warner, Shai Wosner, Nikki and Timothy Chooi, and many more who have performed with us at very young ages. This season, to mark the “new beginning,” we are presenting only “rising stars,” young artists of extraordinary abilities.

Our opening concert in October will feature the Wimbiscus Sisters, cellists Mia, age 17 and Ella, age 10 (!). Both began studies with their mother, also a cellist. Having won numerous prizes including in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, Mia will perform the Haydn Concerto in C Major and Ella will tackle Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, last performed by the Strings with Janos Starker as soloist. The Strings will add Two Noveletten by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29.

For our “Holiday” concert in December, Lake Forest High School senior Eva Sharman will play the 2nd Piano Concerto of Beethoven. Appropriate for the Season, the Strings will perform the Overture to Judas Maccabaeus by Handel, the “Christmas” Concerto Grosso of Corelli and Schubert’s delightful symphony No. 5.

We are pleased to dedicate this Concert to the Highland Park Community Foundation, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2022. Since its inception, the Foundation has financially supported and promoted creativity by investing in programs and institutions that promote the arts and cultural participation, including the Strings, Midwest Young Artists and the Music Institute of Chicago.

For our Gala Benefit Concert in the intimate and acoustically perfect Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia on February 13, we are fortunate to have join us the Indian-American violinist, Maya Anjali Buchanan. Currently a student at the famed Curtis Institute of Music and named Yamaha’s 2020 Young Performing Artist for Classical Music/Violin, Maya will perform the Concerto by Glazunov and the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, and the Strings will add the Emperor Waltz by Strauss and the Symphony No. 8 of Dvorak.

The final concert in May features the brilliant 18 year-old violinist, Isabella Brown, in the beloved Sibelius Concerto. Isabella was named the winner of the 2020 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Young Artist Competition and will make her debut with the CSO during the coming season. The Strings will perform the Symphony No. 4 of Schumann.

The mission of the Strings remains to provide community concerts free of charge where families, friends, and north shore neighbors can gather for an afternoon of musical enjoyment at the highest level.

We look forward to your continued support. On behalf of the Strings, I am deeply grateful.

Lawrence Block
Founder and General Manager
Phone: 847.831.3622