Northbrook Symphony set to open 42nd season

Vivaldi's iconic "The Four Seasons" will open the Northbrook Symphony's 42nd next weekend.

Under the direction of Mina Zikri, the symphony will perform the Italian composer's four-movement violin concerti, featuring Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Robert Chen. Chen recently was named artistic creative partner to the Northbrook Symphony starting in this 2021-22 season.

The live performance takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, 2300 Shermer Rd, Northbrook. Subscriptions for the five-concert season and single tickets are available at or by calling (847) 272-0755.

The remaining four concerts are:

Nov. 7: French Flair, with works by Ravel, Bizet, and Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor, FP61, featuring pianists Susan Merdinger and Steven Greene.

Feb. 27: Classical Treasures presenting works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 featuring violinist Jacqueline Audas, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival Arkady Fomin Scholarship recipient.

April 3: Happy (Belated) Birthday Beethoven presenting Beethoven's Symphonies No. 3 and 4.

May 29: Russian Music Royalty presenting works of Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19 featuring violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan.

• The Northbrook Symphony is celebrating its 42nd season, the third under Maestro Mina Zikri as Music Director. An internationally acclaimed conductor, Zikri is the founder and Music Director of the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago and is Resident Conductor of the Lira Ensemble. He is on the faculty of the Community Music Division of the DePaul University School of Music. He frequently travels as Assistant Conductor to Daniel Barenboim with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on annual tours to major music festivals and concert halls around the world.

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