North Shore Chamber Music Festival’s 2017 Summer Concerts

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June 7, 9, and 10

2017 Festival to feature the nationally acclaimed Promusica Chamber Orchestra from Columbus, OH

Austrian conductor David Danzmayr 

Violinist Vadim Gluzman

The Escher String Quartet 

Pianists Adam Neiman and Angela Yoffe

17-year old violinist Joshua Brown

Principal musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Canadian Brass

and many others

(Northbrook, IL) – The North Shore Music Alliance presents the 7th Annual North Shore Chamber Music Festival, which will be held in Northbrook, Illinois on June 7, 9, and 10, 2017. 

The North Shore Chamber Music Festival (NSCMF) has been called an “inspired summer event not to be missed” (Chicago Classical Review) for Chicagoans and travelers alike. The Chicago Tribune calls NSCMF a “Chicago classical operation that thinks big. Very big. Internationally big.” The annual event boasts a prestigious roster of classical music’s top performers, all friends, who come together for three sensational days of music making. The festival has grown to be one of the highlights of the Chicago summer music scene and presents musical experiences of the same level of excellence as those found in the great halls of the world, but within a very intimate and welcoming environment.

All festival events will be held at the Village Presbyterian Church located at 1300 Shermer Road in Northbrook. Tickets range from $30 to $50, with specially priced student tickets at $15. Seniors always enjoy a 20% discount. Tickets and a detailed schedule can be obtained online at or by calling the box office at (847) 370-3984.

Highlights of the 2017 festival include performances by the nationally acclaimed ProMusica Chamber Orchestra from Columbus, OH, which will make its North Shore Chamber Music Festival debut under the baton of its music director, the charismatic young Austrian conductor David Danzmayr. Also making its festival debut this year is the brilliant Escher String Quartet, who are considered “one of the top young quartets performing before the public today” (Washington Post). Special homage will be paid this year to German composer Johannes Brahms and Austria’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with evenings devoted to each composer and performances of both chamber music and orchestral music. 

Founded in 1978, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra is comprised of 37 musicians and has drawn national attention to the Columbus arts scene through its innovative programming, public outreach and extraordinary performances. While this is their first time touring to the Chicago area, they already have a history with the festival.

“There is a very unique synergy between ProMusica and the NSCMF, and I feel that it stems from the longterm friendship that we have shared with Vadim and Angela”, says Janet Chen, Executive Director of ProMusica, about NSCMF founders, violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe. Gluzman and Yoffe are a globetrotting husband and wife team who often perform together and keep their home in Northbrook. 

Mr. Gluzman, an internationally reneowned concert violinist whose playing has been described as “sumptuously warm and assertively powerful” (Barnes & Noble) and “superb in every way” (BBC Music Magazine), has been ProMusica’s Principal Guest Artist and Creative Partner for the past three years, and has performed with the orchestra for many more. 

David Danzmayr is widely regarded as one of the most exciting European conductors of his generation. He is Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in Croatia and has guest conducted major orchestras like the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as the Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras here in the United States. Danzmayr served as music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for four seasons, until 2016, and is credited with bringing the orchestra to new artistic heights. 

The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has also enjoyed collaborations with several of NSCMF’s guest artists over the years, including acclaimed violist Paul Neubauer, who will perform at the festival again this year. Neubauer has called a “master musician” by New York Times and “one of America’s finest concert artists” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and is an audience favorite at NSCMF.

“For all of us to be onstage together feels natural, and very much like ‘home’ ”, says Chen. “I believe we share a common artistic vision and deep commitment to artistic quality at the highest level; but at the same time, we respect and care for each other as musicians and friends”, she adds. “We hope this chemistry and energy can be felt by our audiences, and we invite everyone to join us for a concert that cannot be easily fabricated or replicated elsewhere”.

Other highlights of the 2017 Festival include rare opportunities to hear Czech composer Vilém Tauský’s 1940s work “Coventry: A Meditation for Strings” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Histoire du Soldat” (The Soldier’s Tale), with narrator Henry Fogel, Chicago actors Ray Frewen and Patrick Regner, and principal musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Canadian Brass. 

On Friday, June 9, the festival will present the world premiere of Adam Neiman’s much anticipated “Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano.” Neiman, a Grammy Award nominee, is hailed as one of the premiere classical pianists of his generation and will perform that same evening. 

“I am deeply honored to be returning this year to the North Shore Chamber Music Festival”, says Mr. Neiman. “Performing at NSCMF is not just another run-of-the-mill chamber music experience. It is a gathering of respected friends and colleagues with whom I have closely interacted over a period of decades, and this makes our music making intimate, connected, energized, and electric”, adds Neiman, who last performed at the festival in 2012. He serves on the full-time piano faculty of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.

On Saturday, June 10, at 6:00pm, the NSCMF will host a special pre-concert conversation about today’s rapidly changing classical music landscape, called “THE WORLD OF MUSIC – THEN AND NOW”. The panel of guests includes Henry Fogel, former President and CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Michael Volpert, Director of Artistic Planning of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York; and Janet Chen, Executive Director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. This don’t-miss event is free with the purchase of a ticket to the 7:30pm concert. 

On Saturday night, the ProMusica Chamber Chamber Orchestra and conductor David Danzmayr steal the limelight in a “Mostly Mozart Gala“ celebration that will include Mozart’s landmark Symphony No. 29 and the Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, featuring Gluzman and Paul Neubauer as soloists. 

Also joining ProMusica that evening is 17-year-old violinist Joshua Brown, from Gurnee, IL, who will be featured as the soloist in Mozart’s Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C major. Currently the youngest recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago, Brown’s spellbinding performances have been called “stunning” and “on an Olympian level” (The Plain Dealer). He has enjoyed performing recently at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Severence Hall in Cleveland, and Symphony Center in Chicago. 

Brown is this year’s recipient of the North Shore Music Alliance’s annual Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund. He will also perform music of Eugène Ysaÿe at a festival pre-concert showcase on Friday, June 9th, 6:00pm, that will include gifted performers from the Betty Haag Academy of Music, of Buffalo Grove, IL. This event is also free when you purchase a ticket to the Saturday evening concert.



Angela Yoffe

Executive Director,

North Shore Chamber Music Festival

Tel: 847 370 3984


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