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Our 44th 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

As we prepare to embark on our 44th 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. We recall with pride the 432 different works (!) we have performed including those by 122 composers whose lifetimes span more than 300 years. As we say on our website: "Continually reinventing itself is what keeps the Highland Park Strings new and exciting each season."

Consistent with that, this season we will be performing music exclusively by American composers! ... and what a treasure trove it is! We also wish to dedicate the season to the victims of the horrific July 4 shooting. As the truism goes, music steps in where words fail.

Our opening concert on October 16 will feature the brilliant young violinist MASHA LAKISOVA. Currently a student of Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, MASHA returns for her third appearance with the Strings performing the only Violin Concerto of Samuel Barber written in 1939.

The Season begins, appropriately, with Morton Gould's "American Salute" and will also include the rarely heard Symphony No. 1 by Florence Price. Price became the first black female composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra when the Chicago Symphony played the world premiere in 1933, during Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition.

For our "Holiday" Concert on December 4 ( devoted to all repertoire for string orchestra), we will be joined by clarinetist ANDY HUDSON in the Concerto for Clarinet and Strings by Aaron Copland, commissioned and first performed by Benny Goodman. Currently on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, ANDY earned his DMA in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern where he also secured his M.M. The Strings will add music of Roger Zare, Samuel Barber, and Augusta Reed Thomas, as welI as the delightful Serenade by Victor Herbert.

Our Gala Benefit Concert in the acoustically perfect Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia on Febuary 19, features pianist WINSTON CHOI, Associate Professor of Piano and the Head of the Piano Program at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, who will perform Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". Also on the program will be Copland's "Lincoln Portrait", the Concerto Grosso of Ernest Bloch and Selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

The final concert on May 16 will present cellist ALEXANDER HERSH, raised in Chicago, who has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and creative talents of his generation. ALEX will perform the marvelous, but rarely performed, Concerto No. 2 by Victor Herbert. The Strings will add the Lyric for Strings by George Walker, the Symphony No. 3 of Charles Ives and Dance Episodes from "Rodeo" by Copland.

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