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The Future is Bright
The (Rising) Stars Are Aligned

Four Community Concerts Sundays at 3 p.m.

Lawrence Block

“Many many thanks to you and the Strings for all the years of truly wonderful concerts. The Strings are a real gem and true asset to the area. Every single concert has always been…of downtown caliber.” – Philip Bechen

As we begin our 38th Season, 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, Glenn Dicterow, David Shifrin, Eugenia Zukerman 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 Chooi and many others who performed with us at very young ages.

This season, we are presenting (with one notable exception) exclusively “rising stars.” The exception is ILYA KALER, internationally acclaimed violinist who will perform the Double Concerto of Brahms with his son, 18 year old cellist, DANIEL KALER. This special heart-warming concert will be our Gala Benefit at Ravinia on February 12.

Our opening concert in October will present the brilliant young pianist KIMBERLY HAN. Age 15, Kim was recently named a 2016-18 Lang Lang Scholar, a position hand picked by the famed pianist. She will spend the next two years performing—occasionally alongside Lang Lang—and taking master classes from him. She will perform the Concerto No. 2 by Saint-Saens. and the orchestra will present it’s first performance of the Symphony No. 9 ( the “Great”) by Schubert. Our Holiday Concert in December (devoted to ALL (nearly) repertoire for string orchestra) will provide an opportunity to see and hear the extraordinarily talented 22 year old cellist, JOHN-HENRY CRAWFORD. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, John-Henry will perform the delightful Concerto in C Major by Haydn as well as the Andante Cantabile by Tchaikovsky. The Strings will add the Serenades for Strings by Elgar and Dvorak. The final concert in May features the young violin prodigy, JOSHUA BROWN, a multiple award winner at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Russia, performing the beloved Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. 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. We look forward to your continued support.

On behalf of the Strings, I am deeply grateful.

Lawrence Block
Founder and General Manager