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Sweet Sounds of Summer at Barrington’s White House Barrington

By Lisa Stamos

Barrington’s White House presents its “Sweet Sounds of Summer” Cultural Series, beginning on July 3. Enjoy a wide range of musical events across all genres. For the tickets and details, go to barringtonswhitehouse.com/events.

Chris Walz Bluegrass Players
Saturday, July 3, 11:30 a.m. (following July 4 Parade)
FREE, In-Person on the Lawn Following the Parade

2nd Thursdays Jazz Cabaret Series
Thursday, July 8, 7 p.m.
FREE, In-Person on the Lawn Following the Parade

Geneva Barbershop Quartet
Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m.
FREE, In-Person on the Lawn

Paddy Homan Presents Traditional Irish Music
Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m.
In-Person in the Grand Ballroom

Stephanie Block and Friends, String Sextet
Saturday, July 24, 7:30 p.m.
In-Person in the Grand Ballroom

Stephanie Block

Barrington Cultural Commission’s 2021 Excellence in Arts Awards

BCC has presented awards to community members who are exceptional in their fields. The BCC Awards Committee consists of Linda Hovde, Brigid Tileston, and Rollin Potter. Nominations are done online each year, January 1 through February 28.

Arts and Culture Nancy Creswell

Nancy Creswell

Outstanding Educator

Nancy Creswell has a long and strong history in dance, training with several professional dance companies and quite a few universities. She taught at Barrington High School for 22 years and has just retired.

JA21 Arts and Culture Barbara Benson

Barbara Benson

Outstanding Humanities

Barbara Benson is the single most important historian in Barrington’s history since Arnett C. Lines—both documenting our history from 186 years ago (since our original settlers arrived) and 155 years since the Village of Barrington was founded in 1865. Barbara has unselfishly given her all to the Barrington area as a citizen, neighbor, civic activist, writer, and historian.

ja21 arts and culture norval stephens

Norval Stephens

Certificate of Recognition
Excellence in Arts Award & Outstanding Visionary

Norval Stephens is a visionary and tireless advocate for creating a rich cultural and arts center in Barrington. He is a founding member and financial supporter of the Cultural Commission, first donor with his wife Diane to Barrington’s White House, and a BWH Sustainer. Stephens is also the founder of the Barrington Area Community Foundation which is central to meeting unmet needs in the community.

JA21 Arts and Culture Pat McKillen

Pat McKillen

Outstanding Performer

Pat McKillen is a Barrington native and has been performing here for public and nonprofit events for many years. A talented musician, he is also a composer and song writer who enjoys a large and enthusiastic following in Barrington.

Ron Hawking

Outstanding Performer

Ron Hawking is a long-time Barrington resident and a Chicagoland award-winning entertainer and artist. He made over 1,000 appearances with his hit show “His Way”, a beloved musical tribute to Frank Sinatra, with nearly a million tickets sold. Hawking’s career spans decades with work in night clubs, recording studios, broadcast commercials, and tributes. He has performed at Barrington’s White House and in the community drawing large audiences.

Building a Courageous Community, One Conversation at a Time

When COVID interrupted Courageous Conversations from gathering at Barrington’s White House, the series had been building momentum exploring everything from The Art of Listening to Confronting Prejudice. Would people still come virtually? They did, with devotees inviting family and friends who could now participate from afar. To date, over 1,000 people have registered for the monthly gatherings, with upwards of 9,000 webpage views, 2,000 video views, and 900 podcast downloads. We asked a few community members why these conversations matter to them.

“Courageous Conversations has given me exactly what I was looking for—opportunities to hear new voices and new perspectives. One of my favorite takeaway quotes is: ‘I never learn anything from hearing myself talk.’” -Carol Nelson

“Courageous Conversations has helped me stick with conversations that are sometimes uncomfortable, but ultimately give me perspective on the breadth and diversity of perspectives on fundamental issues.” -Susan Padula

“This series inspired us to start our own Courageous Conversations at school and has given me language and insights to advocate for equity as a shared community value.” -Dr. Cynthia Armendáriz-Maxwell

Courageous Conversations returns Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. at Barrington’s White House and all second Wednesday evenings through December, hosted by Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque and Jessica Green and presented by Urban Consulate. The series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Barrington Area Community Foundation and individual donors. To sign up, visit http://CourageousCommunity.us.

Stephanie Block, a New World Symphony Viola Fellow

Artists You Should Know

Stephanie Block and Friends Play at Barrington’s White House on July 24

Perennial White House favorite and Barrington native Stephanie Block, a New World Symphony Viola Fellow, has assembled an accomplished string sextet to perform Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, and Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36, a work that reveals the composer as a skillful contrapuntalism and hearlds many of his later works. Transfigured Night, Arnold Schoenberg’s string sextet in one movement, was composed in just three weeks in 1899. It follows the form of a poem by Richard Dehme and explores the human psyche through beautifully enthralling music.

Stephanie Block is a third-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. Praised by the Sarasota Observer as “exceptionally talented” and “a virtuosic performer,” she has performed as a soloist with several Chicago-area symphonies and gave the U.S. premiere of Alejandro Cardona’s Sweet Tijuana: Danzas Fronterizas for Viola and Orchestra with the New Juilliard Ensemble. She has also appeared on PBS NewsHour and PBS American Masters.

Born in Barrington, Illinois, Block began her initial studies with Deborah Inman and Desirée Ruhstrat. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School under Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Misha Amory, and Cynthia Phelps.

Barrington New Choral Ensemble
Artistic Director Ron Arden and Asst. Dir. Liam Boyle

An Exciting New Choral Ensemble Is Coming to Barrington

The newly formed Barrington Men’s Alumni Chorus offers its inaugural concert on Saturday, July 24

The event will take place at the Barrington Campus Life Center, and features a host of both BHS alumni and Barrington male singers. Tickets are $20, with a student discount of $15. Proceeds and donations contribute to the BMAC scholarship fund for a student seeking to major in music when they enter college. For any alumni or Barrington men who might be interested in singing with BMAC, find the group on Facebook, where there is an interest form to sign up for emails and news, as well as a commitment form to participate and stay in touch with yearly events. Sheet music and voice part tracks will be provided in advance, and singers of all skill levels may join. Voice teacher Ron Arden will be directing and voice teacher John Hacker will be the accompanist. BMAC invites the Barrington community to this musical night to remember. Contact the office at 847-746-3472 for questions. Tickets are at the Barrington Mens’ Alumni Chorus Facebook page.

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