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Concerts & Music Programs

  • Join us for a wide variety of concerts and musical events, including our popular Parisian Salon Concerts on the first Friday of every month at 7:30 pm.

    Enjoy our time-lapse video of the Library's piano being disassembled, moved to the 3rd floor, and then reassembled:

  • Parisian Salon Concert - Sebastian Huydts
    Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:30pm

    The Northshore Premiere of "DELICIAS." 27 short pieces for piano composed and performed by Sebastian Huydts. Director of piano and keyboard studies at Columbia College.

    Snow White’s Delight” Op.49 was written in 2014 and consists of twenty-seven short character pieces that explore all 12 major and minor tonalities in an early 20th century idiom with a decidedly Spanish flavor.

    “Delicias de Blancanieves” ("Snow White's Delight") — Fairy tales for all (2014)
    I. Conocí a un desconocido (I met a stranger)
    II. La Perdida (The lost one)
    III. Un poco triste… (A little sad)
    IV. Me duele el alma (My soul hurts)
    V. El precioso (The loved one)
    VI. La cotorra (The magpie)
    VII. El toque de oro (The golden touch)
    VIII. Gemelos (Twins)
    IX. Decepción (Deception)
    X. Bochorno (Summer haze)
    XI. El Silvestre (The brazen one)
    XII. Cuando la Duquesa de Alba era la mejor calzada (When the Duchess of Alva was the best shod lady)
    XIII. Tita y Tito (Granny and Grampa)
    XIV. Duende negro (Dark goblin)
    XV. Me dejó (She left me)
    XVI. Evocación (Evocation)
    XVII. Burbujas en la Cabeza (Bubbles to my head)
    XVIII. Doña Carmín (Ms. Lipstick)
    XIX. Contemplación (Contemplation)
    XXI. Nochebuena (Christmas night)
    XXII. Iracundo (Wrathful)
    XXIII. Dulce ilusión (Sweet illusion)
    XXIV. Campanas (Bells)
    XXV. Una carcajada (A guffaw)
    XXVI. El curso de las cosas (The way things go)
    XXVII. Un ladrón afortunado (A lucky thief)

  • Estrella Piano Duo - Fine Arts Fall
    Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 2:00pm

    Dual pianos. Works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann, Gershwin.

    The EStrella Piano Duo burst on the musical scene in 2011 with a series of concerts celebrating the great Russian masterpieces for piano duet. Elena Doubovitskaya and Svetlana Belsky share both their Russian heritage and training, and their enthusiasm for playing together. The duo continues to garner critical praise for “uncanny coordination” and “captivating musicianship”.

  • Winter Holiday Concert
    Monday, December 7, 2015 - 7:30pm

    The Northbrook Community Choir, directed by Ben Gray, will perform a program of favorite holiday music.

  • The Music of Star Wars
    Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 11:00am

    Join us to hear Glenbrook North High School's brass quintet play selections from "Star Wars" beautifully interwoven with classical standards.

  • Peter Fletcher - Fine Arts Fall
    Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 2:00pm

    guitar. Works by Praetorius, Scriabin, Bach, Grieg, Villa-Lobos, Tchaikovsky, Albeniz.

    Peter Fletcher made his New York Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2007, and returned in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to a completely sold-out house. Peter Fletcher’s three recordings, The Art of Classical Guitar, A Peter Fletcher Recital and Federico Mompou: Guitar Works (Centaur Records) have received critical acclaim. Mr. Fletcher’s current recording project involves an all-Grieg album, for which he himself wrote the guitar transcriptions. It was released last February 2014 on Centaur Records.

  • Parisian Salon Concert
    Friday, January 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
    MultiMedia Department

    Join hosts Jane and Didier Lepauw for an evening of music.

  • Fine Arts Fall Grand Finale Concert
    Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 2:00pm

    Our Fine Arts Fall season will end with a spectacular afternoon of music featuring a select group of concert artists and members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestra, coming together to present a virtuosic piano and strings chamber music concert entitled the "Golden Age of Classical Music" featuring John Field's Piano Quintet, the rarely performed Grande Sextet of Mikhail Glinka and a perennial favorite, Antonin Dvorak's Piano Quintet.

    Cyrus Forough, Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, has performed throughout the four continents including on radio, television, and for international dignitaries.

    Prize-winning twenty-two year old violinist, Sarah Michelle Greene, burst onto the LA scene when she started her Master of Music degree at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California after her 2014 graduation from the prestigious Eastman School of Music.

    Principal Violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Charles Pikler joined the CSO as a violinist in 1978 and, in 1986, he was named principal violist. Pikler is on the faculty of Northwestern University.
    Mark Lekas currently enjoys an active musical life in Chicago as Principal Cello with the Indiana Symphony, as a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, and the Grammy-nominated Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he is a regular substitute cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
    Collins Trier, double bass, has been a member of the Lyric Opera Orchestra since 1980. He serves as Principal Bass of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago, and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.

    Susan Merdinger is the 2012 First Prize Winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, soloist with numerous orchestras, and Faculty member at New Music School of Chicago and Summit Music Festival in New York.