The Woodstock Mozart Festival presents its 29th season July 25 through August 9 at the Woodstock Opera House and the Sanfilippo Foundation’s Place de la Musique concert hall in Barrington Hills. The opening Woodstock Opera House concerts on July 25 and 26 feature conductor Brian Groner, pianist Mykola Suk, violinist Kevin Case, and cellist Nazar Dzhuryn performing Mozart and Beethoven. On August 1 and 2 at Place de la Musique, conductor/violinist Igor Gruppman and violinist/violist Vesna Gruppman perform Bach, Vivaldi, Holst, Piazzolla, and Jerome Kern; and concluding the festival at the Opera House August 8 and 9, conductor Igor Gruppman and pianist Mykola Suk perform other works by Mozart and Beethoven.
The 2015 Woodstock Mozart Festival’s performances at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren Street in Woodstock, take place Saturday, July 25 and August 8 at 9:00 pm and Sunday, July 26 and August 9 at 3:00 pm. Pre-concert introductions take place one hour before each performance.
Haven Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of Arlene Hutton’s Last Train to Nibroc, July 24 through September 6 at Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont in Chicago.
Jason Gerace, Jeff-Award winning director, helms this funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness. Last Train to Nibroc begins in December 1940, as an east-bound cross-country train carryies the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as passengers May and a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh. As May and Raleigh continue to cross paths over the years, an unlikely bond forms, one that continues to blossom in ways neither of them could ever expect.
Theater Wit presents Bad Jews at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Nothing brings out the worst in a family like a funeral. This play tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a 20-something “Real Jew” with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna’s cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather’s Chai necklace, a brawl over family, faith, and legacy ensues. In this funny comedy, long standing (and not-so-buried) antipathies boil up in a battle between two cousins over a treasured family heirloom.