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All in the Family
Our 39th Season
Four Community Concerts
Sundays at 3 p.m.

Lawrence Block

“The Highland Park Strings is loved now as much as it was 38 seasons ago when a group of musicians first played classical string music for the community.”– Hillary Anderson
Highland Park Landmark.

As we begin our 39th Season, 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.

This unique policy of free admission is made possible primarily by the Park District of Highland Park, YEA! Highland Park and the generosity of supportive foundations and individual donors.Our last season, which many have said was the “best ever”, featured young artists including Kimberly Han, 15 year old pianist, John-Henry Crawford, 22 year old cellist, Daniel Kaler, 17 year old cellist and Joshua Brown, 17 year old violinist. All of them distinguished themselves with extraordinary performances. Daniel appeared with his father, the acclaimed violinist Ilya Kaler, which gave us the idea of featuring this season soloists who are related. Hence, "All in the Family”!

Our opening concert in October will present the outstanding pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky who will perform the beloved “Emperor” Concerto of Beethoven. His wife, Galina Sachnovskaya, will sing the Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos accompanied only by eight cellos! Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 will conclude the program.

Our holiday concert in December (devoted to all (nearly) repertoire for string orchestra) will provide an opportunity to see and hear Highland Park native, Steven Honigberg. A member of the National Symphony in Washington, DC, Steven will perform the delightful Concerto in D Major by Haydn. His daughter, Lily Honigberg, will add the “Spring” Concerto for violin from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. The orchestra will perform two rarely heard pieces, the Adagio by Albinoni and the Concerto for Strings by Nino Rota, composer of the music for the “Godfather”.

Our gala Benefit Concert at Ravinia on February 11 will present the Chooi brothers, Nikki and Timothy, both phenomenal violinists. Niikki, currently serving as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, will play our first performance of the Concerto by Samuel Barber and Timothy will perform the Chaconne by Vitali and Tzigane by Ravel . The Strings will also play the penultimate Symphony of Mozart, No. 40 in G minor.

The final concert in May features the superstar violinist, 16 year old Masha Lakisova, who will perform with her mother, the brilliant pianist, Lyudmila Lakisova, the Concerto for Violin and Piano by Mendelssohn. Masha will add the “Summer” Concerto from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Concluding the program for all strings, the orchestra will play the Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky. 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