Over a year ago, we embarked upon several community “Listening Sessions” to hear more about the types of events you would like to see at Barrington’s White House. Our 2022–2023 season reflects the input we received — a wider variety of fine art and musical ensembles as well as humanities events that will challenge us to learn, grow, and understand. This fall, we are pleased to present an extraordinary collaboration with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, made possible by our partners Northern Trust and Kim Duchossois. “Stories of Survival” is a FREE, two-week exhibit and slate of events that showcases stories from the Holocaust and other genocides. It is a can’t-miss opportunity – we hope you will join us!
Go to BarringtonsWhiteHouse.com/events or call 224-512-4066.
All events are open to the public — patrons are welcome from our region and beyond!
All programming is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including those related to Covid-19. Go to www.barringtonswhitehouse.com/events for up-to-date event information.
All ticketed programs: 18 and under FREE with paid adult admission!
Grammy-nominated and world-renowned violinist Philippe Quint celebrates the 100th birthday of Argentinian composer and tango master Astor Piazzolla with an extraordinary recital and multimedia presentation of Piazzolla’s work, including video of ballet dancers from the Joffrey Ballet. The single most important figure in the history of tango, Piazzolla created a whole new musical genre based on Argentina’s national dance, introducing the world to tango nuevo: a fusion of tango, jazz, klezmer, and classical music. The Piazzolla style is bold, unique, immediately recognizable, and utterly irresistible. Quint is one of the most versatile and imaginative artists on the concert stage today. Join us for a glass of Champagne prior and a wine reception after — both complimentary!
Just as the artists of Paris have done for hundreds of years, local artists will paint “Plein Air” (outdoors in the open air) in Barrington from September 30 to October 8. Come into town to watch over 30 artists from across Chicagoland as they paint local landmarks during the week. Then, meet the artists in person on Saturday, October 8 as they receive their awards, as well as showcase and sell their newly created pieces at the reception that evening. Sponsored by the Barrington Cultural Commission.
$25 Per Person
Chicago-based, Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion presents an evening of music that will thrill both first time concert-goers and contemporary music super fans alike. “Perspectives” invites listeners to embark on an exciting musical adventure, featuring virtuosic repertoire written for Third Coast Percussion by some of today’s leading music creators. Iconic film composer Danny Elfman, innovative electronic music producer Jlin, and American legend Philip Glass embody the diversity of 21st century music making, drawing inspiration from a wide range of influences and points of view. The repertoire includes “Hero” by Clarice Assad; “Metamorphosis” by Philip Glass (arr. Peter Martin); “Percussion Quartet” by Danny Elfman; and “Perspective” by Jlin.
$20 Per Person
Professional storytellers Jim May and Megan Wells, along with a group of local storytellers, will entertain our audience with these
Halloween-inspired, adult-focused tales in the style of the Moth Radio Hour. Jim is the artistic director of the Spring Grove Storytelling Festival known for its family-friendly, hilarious shows. Megan is a nationally recognized storyteller and will assist our local storytellers in preparing their spooky tales. Presented by the Barrington Cultural Commission.
When I heard Trudy Kleckner read her poem “In The Bakery” I felt a ping travel from my head to my heart. It invited me to think and feel. She elevates into art an everyday encounter she had while trying to purchase scones at Ambrosia Patisserie in Barrington. I asked her how she does this.
“The poet’s job is to tell a story that moves people. It asks the reader to notice something,” she said. I noticed in her poem how she reminds us that in all situations we have a choice on how to respond. “Yes!” she says with glee. Trudy’s ability to craft original thoughts both fleeting and contemplated, experienced, and imagined led her to the poet’s path after receiving a Master of Social Work and working 26 years as a marriage and family therapist. She has published two books of poetry and is a member of the Barrington Writer’s Workshop where we first met.
“Some people think poetry is dead,” I goad her. “What is poetry’s superpower?”
Trudy stays serene and says: “Brevity. Poetry says a lot with few words.”
“What do you think the world would be like if people read or wrote poetry every day?”
She lines up her words. “Kinder. More thoughtful. Curious. More open to one’s self and others.”
Curious about the poem’s structure, I ask her why there’s no punctuation.
“Know the rules before you break them,” she says with a laugh in her throat. “For me, the comma and the period interrupt the flow. Gradually I eliminated punctuation all together. I use line breaks and spaces for a pause.”
I ask: “Will you give us some tips on how to create poetry from what happens in our lives, even if our lives are rather ordinary, or even dull? She tilts her tender eyes towards me and I see them sparkle. “Thank you, Trudy. You are a gem in our midst.”
Mary Klest is a Barrington-based writer and local journalism advocate. She can be reached at email@example.com.
the air smelled of butter and sugar and fresh baked bread
a stranger stood ahead of me in line
brown hair sprinkled with grey and smiling eyes
she ordered six scones
i asked the baker for three
was told they were out
the woman turned and offered to share
oh no i replied
i will make another choice
i did not know her
name or age
but i knew she was kind
i did not know where she was born
or where she lived
but i knew she was kind
i did not know her religion
or her political preferences
but i knew she was kind
in this world
filled with meanness violence division
she gave me what i yearn for
more than scones
she offered kindness
Trudy’s Tips on Crafting Poetry
Pay attention. What moves you? You can often feel it in your body. It lingers in your mind. Embrace silence. This lets you hear an idea inside your head or in your environment. Write it down to anchor it. Let the idea sit for a while until it starts telling you more.
Write it out in longhand on paper until you think you’ve got it. Then move it to a computer and edit. Don’t tell the whole story. Let the reader fill in the blanks in their own way. Trudy Kleckner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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