On Sunday, May 2, Barrington’s White House is thrilled to announce the return of world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who plays with passion and conviction, thrilling audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classic and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction, thrilling audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
Enjoy Barton Pine’s interpretations of Bach’s Partitas No. 2 in D minor and No. 3 in E major, Ysaye’s Prelude from Sonata No. 2, Coleridge-Taylor’s “Deep River,” and Paganini’s Caprice No. 24.
May 6 brings a series of Poetry Readings submitted and read by local citizens, sponsored by the Barrington Cultural Commission, and on May 8, enjoy the musical genius of George Gershwin and Cole Porter as it comes alive through the musical synthesis of the Jazz Pizazz Trio (soprano Kimberly Albrecht, pianist Marianne Kim, and bassist Nick Schneider) combined with the artistry of Dancewerks and Midwest Dance Collective, choreographed and emceed by Ellen Werksman Smith.
Tune in for Courageous Conversations on May 12 with special guest Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH, CEO and Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District. She’ll be exploring the disproportionate impacts of the COVID pandemic and the health and wealth disparities now impossible to ignore.
Keep it ‘jazzy’ with our 2nd Thursdays Jazz Cabaret Series on May 13! Live streamed from Barrington’s White House, watch local jazz enthusiasts perform in an “open mic” setting, performing with the Marianne Kim Jazz Duo. Our very popular 3rd Thursdays Art Night Out continues on Thursday, May 20 with “Old World-Inspired Classical Fine Art by Diane Hynes”.Stay tuned for more cultural events this summer, including Chris Walz Bluegrass Players on July 3, 2nd Thursdays Jazz Cabaret on July 8, the Geneva Barbershop Quartet on July 15, and Paddy Homan, Irish Singer on July 22.
Most events feature live Q&As following the performance. For those with paid tickets, links to virtual events will be available for 30 days following the performance.
For information and tickets, go to barringtonswhitehouse.com/events.
What do performing artists do during a pandemic? We train. We teach and take lessons virtually. We invest in ring lights and iPhone stands to record our virtual auditions. We read plays and listen to soundtracks. We experiment with virtual rehearsals and filmed productions.
The truth, though? Nothing replaces the energy of a live performance. The thrill of the moment when anything could happen. The immediate reactions of audience members—whether it be laughter, boredom, joy, or even heckling. The camaraderie of a cast, remaining in the moment, and helping each other craft the best show possible.
Parker Players is committed to bringing live theater back to Barrington. Our musicians, our vocalists, our dancers, and our artists are ready.
Saturday, June 5, 2021, we launch a dinner/theater performance series. We open with two shows at Moretti’s upstairs event space. Tickets will be sold to either a 5 p.m. or an 8 p.m. performance and will include dinner and an evening of live music featuring Barrington area vocalists and pianists. We intend to continue the series at other Barrington area restaurants throughout the summer and fall. We are ready to return. We hope you are ready too.
Ticket information can be found at: parkerplayersbarrington.org
Kayden Koshelev started his acting career at age 4. The Barrington native works alongside such luminaries as William H. Macy, and recently booked his first film, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” with Director Joel Coen.
Now 11, Koshelev had immediate success as a model, landing shoots for Radio Flyer and Land of Nod. He enjoys being in front of the camera, and decided to become an actor, taking musical theater and acting classes, as well as dance. His first agency, Paonessa Talent Agency, signed him following his first audition with them. It was his first choice for representation. His manager is Chelsea Streano with Brave Artists Management in Los Angeles, and is also signed by David Doan at CESD. He is currently in the Second City Youth Ensemble.
Koshelev’s reputation and resume in the Midwest has helped him secure commercial work for Sara Lee, Saint Louis Zoo, Jell-O, Kraft, Raisin Bran, First Midwest Bank, Whirlpool, and Kmart. At 8, he booked a co-star role on an episode of “Chicago Med” as well as a co-star role alongside William H. Macy in “Shameless”. His first musical lead was in “Oliver” at the Marriott Theater.
Once the pandemic hit, the entertainment industry ground to a standstill, but Koshelev kept busy with virtual classes. Things are now moving again in TV and film. We caught up with the actor after his latest trip to Los Angeles where his is most current project was a role in “Diary of a Future President”, Season 2, airing on Disney+ later this year.
What I love most about being an actor would have to be getting all of these scripts, almost daily sometimes, and new characters I get to portray. My other favorite thing about acting is when I get the job. It makes me feel very accomplished and I get to go on set. Being on set feels like my home and I just love looking around and seeing the stages and the crew and going to hair and makeup…getting camera-ready. I just love the set-life!
Usually when I’m in my trailer I start to think about everything this character would like, even if it has nothing to do with anything in the scene, just to put me in the characters position. I obviously go through my lines a ton, too.
You have to treat every audition and role like it’s YOUR role, because your role could be any role. It could be something you don’t expect it to be. It could even be a small role that leads to something else, then something else.
I meet all the cast and talk to them. I obviously have to do school, too, and there are lunch breaks. There’s always so much food on set! I love talking to my fellow actors on set and with theatre because it’s really awesome to learn other peoples’ stories. In Oliver, it was so fun because it was a huge kid’s cast and we had a green room to hang out in and see how everyone was doing.
I love all the Marvel movies!
One of my favorite TV shows is “WandaVision” because Scarlett Witch is my favorite character ever, so when they created a whole other series off of her, I was psyched! But when I want to have fun, I love “Brooklyn 99” and all the ABC sitcoms too. Would love to be on one someday!
My dream role would have to be a lead in a comedy series or a mystery movie/show. Those are my two favorite genres. One would be great, but both would be my dream!
Honestly, it feels very surreal. I love doing scenes with them and then also talking to them in real life, because there’s a huge difference. When I’m working with them, it feels crazy sometimes! Like, I am working this famous actor. But I also need to connect with them, because if I don’t, it’ll be a harder to do a scene. They have all been so nice, and its so funny that some of their characters are nothing like them in real life.
That’s a hard one but my advice is to never stop. Your role is coming. When it does come, you feel so accomplished that all of those struggles of auditioning not leading to anything, is totally worth it! If this is really what you love, put in the work. Take the classes and put in the time.
I act because I love it. It’s my passion. Being on set feels like home…like its where I am meant to be. I love feeling accomplished. I have big goals and I want to be successful, like actors that get to go from project to project.
Katie Johansson is a Barrington-based Metalsmith Jewelry Designer whose distinctive work is available through her company, Dollybird Design. A Long Island, New York native, Johansson grew up with nature all around her in the North Shore of the island. Her love of all things nature would lead her on a quest for unique and beautiful one of a kind semi-precious gemstones and rare sought after minerals turning them into one-of-a-kind artisan made jewelry.
Johansson began her career in interior design and architecture that ventured from Boston to New York to the City of Chicago. Her passion for fashion is what lead her to a profession in design and drafting of wholesale jewelry nearly 20 years ago, igniting an unexpected path for her. She learned the fine art of jewelry making by hand and enrolled in classes at the Evanston Art Center which spawned Dollybird Design in 2004. Dollybird has sold thousands of pieces to customers around the world and has a loyal domestic and international customer base which purchases her work at nationwide shows, online, Etsy, and private appointments.
The semi-precious gemstones Johansson uses in her jewelry are ethically sourced through miners and gem cutters all over the world. They are one-of-a-kind in rarities with raw natural patterns and are dramatically unique in color. Her metal craft skills turn sheets of silver and copper into rings, bracelets, and necklaces, securing and showcasing one or more statement gems. We caught up with the artist at her studio in Barrington to learn more.
I grew up in Huntington, L.I., where summers felt like the beach and ocean were in my backyard. You are surrounded by so much natural beauty and nature. It also is the birthplace of Walt Whitman.
I worked for a small interior design company in NYC before coming to Chicago. We designed windows on Madison and Park Avenue for top fashion brands such as Hermes, Bvlgari, and Ralph Lauren. Color, pattern, and high levels of creativity ran wild with these projects.
As an Interior Designer, I would sketch, spec, and draft concepts in space and perspectives. When I became a Jewelry Designer, I was still drafting, spec’ing, and building in the same sense, but for a new industry in the fashion jewelry trade.
Geology. The more I learned about gems and minerals, the more I wanted to discover. It is something I will never tire of or get bored with. I’m obsessed with finding the obscure and one-of-a-kind.
Nature is timeless….it never goes out of style. It’s the minimalist lines and rare one-of-a-kind gems to highlight in a piece that inspire me.
It is important for me to be a part of the global sustainability movement and source from miners around the world who share the same ethical responsibility in taking care of our earth. I work with miners direct to find gems that are rare to collect in making for a unique piece.
Dollybird’s ethos is to fight against fast fashion and mass-produced products. To create timeless pieces of jewelry for the wearer to find special and build memories with through the years. I grew frustrated with the mass production of inexpensive jewelry for trend. Everything started to be predictable style and looked the same.
I love agates and jaspers for their fortification, wild colors, and patterns. I love opals for their illuminating glow. I even love Petrified woods for their fossil nature and millions and millions of years mineralization. I love them all for many different reasons.
Yes, very much. I love studying and learning all about natural gemstones and the geological path that wind, water, and fire took to create the magnificent patterns and colors that are hidden below our feet.
I love that I get to work with miners and gem cutters from various countries and cultures all around the world.
Start slow, don’t get overwhelmed with ideals of perfection. Enjoy the process, and make mistakes. Some of your greatest achievements will come from failed attempts. The freedom to create is a powerful force. Treat work as something you love first. Dollybird blossomed and was built organically with passion as the foundation. I’m forever grateful to have an opportunity to inspire people with what I do for a living as a Designer and for the loyal following that has kept the fire burning after all these years.
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