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Celebrating Ludwig

Our 41th 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

Having just completed our celebratory 40th Anniversary Season, the mission of the Strings remains the same: 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 by the Park District of Highland Park, the Highland Park Community Foundation, the Negaunee Foundation and the generosity of other supportive foundations and individual donors.

We were pleased last season to have joined in the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the City of Highland Park. So what could we do for an “encore”? We chose to “Celebrate Ludwig” on the semiquincentennial (!) of Beethoven’s birth which will occur in 2020. Each of our concerts will feature music of “Ludwig” ending with the Strings' first performance of his Ninth Symphony.

Our opening concert in October will present the acclaimed violinist YANG LIU. Making his fourth appearance with the Strings, Liu will perform the the great ( and only) Violin Concerto of Beethoven. The holiday concert in December will feature husband and wife, LARISA AND STEVEN ELISHA, who perform as the Elaris Duo, in the Double Concerto of Brahms. The Strings will add the Symphony No. 2 of Beethoven.

For our Gala Benefit concert in the intimate and acoustically perfect Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia on February 9, we are fortunate to have back for the fourth time the sensational pianist MARTA AZNAVOORIAN who will perform the beloved Third Piano Concerto of Beethoven. Many thanks to Ravinia for once again generously making its facilities available rent free.

For the final concert in May, the Strings will perform for the first time the “symphony to end all symphonies” ( The Guardian), the Ninth ( the “ Choral”). Joining us will be the North Shore

Choral Society under the direction of DR. JULIA DAVIDS and soloists ALICIA RUSSELL, GABRIELLE BARKIDIJIA, RYAN LUSTGARTEN and KEVIN KEYS. This is a concert not to be missed!

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