Events at the Byron Colby Barn
The beautifully restored 110 year old Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake offers concerts, lectures, and other events to foster lifelong learning and a sense of community.

 

Ticket prices are indicated for each event and are available at the door; cash or check only. To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free of charge to many events, as indicated. Concerts and lectures at the Byron Colby Barn are BYOB, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine.

 

Incredible performances and architectural beauty combine to create a delightful and unique experience at the Byron Colby Barn. 

 

Come join us!

 
Metropolis Quartet - Concert Begins at 7 p.m.  
Did you resolve to enjoy life more in 2013?   Explore the greatest chamber music of the Classical and Baroque eras with Metropolis Quartet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27.   
 
For nearly a decade, this talented group of musicians has performed stellar renditions of both famous masterpieces and lesser-known gems.  Deb Stevenson (oboe), Thomas Yang (violin), Doyle Armbrust (viola), and Steven Houser (cello) share their extensive musical knowledge and passion with a sparking mix of wonderful compositions, memorable melodies, and fun conversations with audience members.    
  

Admission is $18 for adults, at the door only (cash or check). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free of charge to Early Music Series concerts.

Josefien Stoppelenburg & Joel Spears   
Join Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and lutenist Joel Spears at
 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 10.  
 
All the diversity of 17th century English song will be on display during this performance.  Josefien and Joel will explore lute songs by Thomas Morley and John Dowland, theater music from Robert Johnson and Henry Purcell, as well as "Mad" Songs and other pieces by John Blow and others.  Joel will round out the program with solos for lute and theorbo.
  
Josefien Stoppelenburg performs regularly as a soloist in oratorios in the Netherlands and Germany and at international choral events.  Concert tours have taken her to the United States, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa.  Josefien's recent solo engagements in the US include performances with Baroque Band,  Haymarket Opera Company, and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. 
  
Joel Spears is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Series.  He has performed as a soloist and with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Bella Voce, Ars Antigua, Music of the Baroque, The Chicago Early Music Consort, and The Harwood Early Music Ensemble.  He is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago.
  

Admission is $18 for adults, at the door only (cash or check). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free of charge to Early Music Series concerts.

 

The Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.  The Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake is a wonderful setting for Early Music, as its acoustics resemble the historical settings for which this music was composed. 

  

The remaining performances in the 11th season of the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn include: 

 

Admission to individual Early Music concerts is $18 for adults, and is available at the door only (cash or check). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free of charge to Early Music Series concerts.

 

Joel Spears is the Founder and Artistic Director of Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn, and an active lutenist and guitarist based in the Chicago area. He has performed as a soloist and with ensembles including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Seraphic Fire, Bella Voce, Ars Antigua, Music of the Baroque, The Chicago Early Music Consort, and The Harwood Early Music Ensemble. Joel is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago.

About the Byron Colby Barn

The beautifully restored 110 year-old Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake is named for the local dairy farmer who built it in 1885. Scheduled for demolition in 1992, this historic dairy barn was instead carefully deconstructed and expertly rebuilt in Prairie Crossing, a nationally known conservation community.

 

The  Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake.  From I-94, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road.  Ample free parking is located adjacent to the Barn. 

  

The Byron Colby Barn is owned and operated by the Liberty Prairie Foundation, a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is used in support of our mission.  The Foundation also owns the Prairie Crossing Farm in Grayslake, and operates the Farm Business Development Center and the Prairie Crossing Learning Farm.  The Byron Colby Barn's various uses are aligned with the Prairie Crossing guiding principles of life-long learning, a sense of community, and a sense of place.  

Private Barn Rentals

As a beautiful and unique venue, the Barn is very popular for private rentals.  Hold your special event at the Byron Colby Barn!

 

The Byron Colby Barn was named the 2011 Best Budget Wedding Venue by Chicago Magazine, and can be rented 7 days a week for elegant weddings, professional meetings, intimate concerts, and other events. 

 

The barn's original timber framing and exposed wood floors create an inviting atmosphere, complete with gourmet kitchen and modern restrooms.   Additional information is at www.prairiecrossing.com/bcbarn

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