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Illinois Railway Museum to hold benefit concert at Sanfilippo Estate July 14

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  • Place de la Musique at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills will be open as part of the Illinois Railway Museum's third annual fundraiser Sunday, July 14.

      Place de la Musique at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills will be open as part of the Illinois Railway Museum's third annual fundraiser Sunday, July 14.
    George LeClaire/August 2012

 

Submitted by Illinois Railway Museum

The Illinois Railway Museum is having its third annual steam department benefit on Sunday, July 14, at the Sanfilippo Estate, 789 Plum Tree Road, in Barrington.

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Tickets for $69.99 per person are on sale now at www.irm.org/events/steamdeptbenefit.html. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The afternoon will feature a concert in the estate's music theater on the world's largest restored theater pipe organ. The original theater organ, a 1927 Wurlitzer from the Omaha Theater in Nebraska, has been expanded and now controls 8,000 pipes, percussions and sound effects.

New this year will be a silent movie short comedy accompanied live on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

The Sanfilippo Estate, nicknamed Place de la Musique, is a 44,000-square-foot private residence filled with collections of restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and gambling machines, chandeliers, art glass, the world's largest restored theater pipe organ, street and clock towers, steam engines and other functional mechanical antiques displayed within a French Second Empire setting. The estate, owned by Jasper Sanfilippo, former CEO of the parent company of Fisher Nuts, hosts charities holding fundraisers through the Sanfilippo Foundation.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. At that time guests will be able to tour the residence and its collections. The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. No food or drink is permitted inside the estate. Attire is business casual. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. In additional, brochures from the estate will be available for purchase, and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to IRM.

Your ticket order may take several weeks to arrive. If ordered by Friday, July 5, you will receive your tickets and directions to the private estate via U.S. Mail before the event date. Tickets purchased on or after July 5 will be held for pickup at the estate, and directions will be emailed.

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