Francesco Milioto

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Sponsored by YEA! Highland Park
3 pm – $40 General Admission
For tickets, call 847.831.3622.

The Strings’ Annual Benefit concert in the intimate and acoustically perfect Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia is the highlight of the season. Featured in the Double Concerto by Brahms will be the father and son team of Ilya and Daniel Kaler.

Described by London’s Gramophone as a “magician, bewitching to our ears”, Ilya Kaler is one of the most outstanding personalities of the violin today. With many awards to his credit, Ilya is the only violinist to have won Gold Medals at the Tchaikovsky (1986), Sibelius (1985) and Paganini (1981) Competitions.

Born in Moscow, Russia into a family of musicians, he studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Leonid Kogan and Victor Tretyakov and has earned rave reviews for solo appearances with orchestras throughout the world, including the Leningrad, Moscow, Dresden, Montreal, Berlin, Detroit, Baltimore and Seattle Symphonies, among many others.

One of the most sought after teachers in the world, Ilya has served as Distinguished Professor at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music and is currently Professor of Violin at DePaul University. Returning for his third appearance with the Strings, Ilya is grateful to be joined by his 18 year old son Daniel, currently studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Mark Kosower, Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Engagements with orchestras this past year include performances of the Brahms Double with his Dad with the National Orchestra of Bogota, Columbia, Don Quixote with the Kankakee Symphony and the Dvorak Concerto with the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra. Adding to the festive nature of the Gala, the Strings will perform an Overture by Rossini and the thrilling Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven.


Bennett-Gordon Hall
at Ravinia

February 12, 2017
Annual Benefit


Overture to La Scala di Seta
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102
Ilya Kaler, Violin, Daniel Kaler, Cello
Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Feb 14

Bonus for Major Contributors
Show how important Strings concerts are to you and the community by making a donation of $100 or more. You will receive a minimum of two tickets, preferred seating, listing in the Program Book, and free tickets to a Donor Appreciation Chamber Music Concert at 3pm on Sunday, April 2, at the Highland Park Community House.