North Shore Chamber Music Festival Preview - Inspired Summer Event

In its third year with two successful and much talked about seasons to its credit, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival, in Northbrook, Illinois, is becoming known as an “inspired summer event not to be missed” for Chicagoans and travelers alike. This year's festival takes place on June 5, 7 and 8, 2013. Created by famed violinist Vadim Gluzman, and his wife, concert pianist Angela Yoffe (Northbook residents), the annual festival boasts a prestigious roster of classical music’s top international performers, all old friends, who come together for three sensational days of making music.


“The theme of our festival is friendship. Nothing gives me more joy than to gather on stage great musicians and wonderful friends with whom we have performed all over the world. It is the driving force of our music making and this brings a very special level of intimacy to these performances, as well a great degree of excitement that can only be experienced in a chamber music concert“, says Gluzman, who is one of today’s leading violin virtuosos. The 3rd annual North Shore Chamber Music Festival features pianist William Wolfram, violinist Ilya Kaler, cellists Ani Anavoorian and Mark Kosower, bassists Timothy Cobb, and violist and composer Atar Arad, among other stellar talents.Vadim Gluzman & Betty Haag Academy students.


This year you can enjoy sophisticated masterworks by Glinka, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky, contemporary works by Arvo Pärt and Michael Daugherty and Bohemian classics by Bartok and Brahms.  A special attraction that you won’t get anywhere else in the world is an exclusive appearance by the famed British orchestral conductor Andrew Litton, who will leave the podium to perform a rare jazz tribute to Oscar Peterson at the piano. “Mr. Litton conducts some of the greatest orchestras around the globe and hearing him as a pianist is an extraordinarily rare opportunity for us all,” says Gluzman. Litton and Gluzman often perform symphony concerts together and were recently called a “match made in musical heaven” by the Portsmouth News in the United Kingdom.


The venerable Henry Fogel, former President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of the Board of the League of American Orchestras Dean of Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, and one of the city’s great personalities will lead a discussion about Chicago’s rich musical heritage that promises to be fascinating.


There will be a special free concert that will showcase the “Next Generation” of emerging artists from the Betty Haag Academy and the Music Institute of Chicago.


For details on the Festival, artists, tickets, or to make a tax deductible contribution please visit, or call (847) 370 3984.


All Performances are at the Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL, located only 2 minutes from Chicago's Northbrook Metro station..  



Special events to note include:


June 7:  Former Chicago Symphony President and personality Henry Fogel leads audience forum on Chicago’s musical heritage.

June 8:  Exclusive jazz piano tribute to Oscar Peterson by world-renowned conductor Andrew Litton.

June 8:  Family concert by young artists from the Betty Haag Academy and the Music Institute of Chicago.


Complete Schedule:


Photos:  Courtesy of North Shore Chamber Music Festival,



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