9th Annual North Shore Chamber Music Festival Returns to Northbrook

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Members of Esher Quartet perform at the North Shore Music Festival (photo by Leonard Belsky)

One of the highlights of Chicago’s summer classical music offerings, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival returns to Northbrook for the 9th year this June. This year’s festival features the world premiere of a new string trio by Israeli violist and composer Atar Arad, a rarely heard clarinet quintet by Czech-French composer Anton Reicha, and works pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and more.

The annual summer music festival features both leading and emerging classical artists in intimate concerts. Program highlights include the rarely heard Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet Op. 89 by Czech-French composer and lifelong friend of Beethoven Anton Reicha. The North Shore Chamber Music Festival commissioned a new string trio, From Here To There, by Israeli violist and composer Atar Arad, which will receive its world premiere at the 2019 festival. Arad will also perform in several Festival concerts this year. The concert programs also feature beloved chamber works, including Dvořák’s “Dumky” Piano Trio Op. 90, Beethoven’s “Serioso” for String Quartet Op. 95, and Octets by Schubert and Mendelssohn, as well as Mozart's Salzburg Symphony No. 1 arranged for String Quartet and Double Bass and dazzling virtuoso showpieces by Shostakovich and Popper, among others.

The North Shore Music Festival was launched in 2011 by violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe. The annual summer festival provides Chicago's North Shore with world-class musical experiences of the same level of excellence as those found in the great halls around the world, but within a very intimate and welcoming environment. During its first eight seasons, over 10,000 concertgoers from metropolitan Chicago and 140 towns throughout its North Shore attended festival concerts, which were also broadcast to 350,000 households locally on WFMT-FM, Chicago’s premiere classical radio station.

The Music Makers (formerly North Shore Music Alliance) was founded in 2010 and is the parent organization behind the annual North Shore Chamber Music Festival, the Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund, and Music Makers Israel, as well as other events worldwide. Its programs provide enriching performance opportunities, career development scholarships, and creative learning programs.

The 9th annual North Shore Chamber Music Festival returns to the Village Presbyterian Church (1300 Shermer Road, Northbrook) for three concerts only, June 12, 14-15 at 7:30 p.m.  

For more information or for tickets, visit or call (847) 370-3984.