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!


EnsAmble Ad-Hoc     

Don't miss the final Early Music Series performance of the season!  EnsAmble Ad Hoc pic
EnsAmble Ad-Hoc performs "El Villano al Tamboril" at
4 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 10 at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. 
Come be transported to 16th and 17th century Spain with lively song-dances such as the villanos, romances (Spanish ballads) and villancicos.  EnsAmble Ad-Hoc offers spirited interpretations of carefully crafted texts and music. Enjoy the Spanish Siglo d'Oro (Golden Age) with works by Vásquez, Guerrero, Pisador, Aranies and anonymous settings of texts by Lope de Vega and other authors.
EnsAmble Ad-Hoc was created in Bogotá, Colombia by Francy Acosta (soprano) and José Luis Posada (lute & Baroque guitar) under the guidance and support of Early Music specialist Eduardo Vargas. The founders' interest in further knowledge to better approach the repertoires they performed brought them to the United States to pursue graduate studies in Early Music. The ensemble specializes in the performance of pre-classical repertoires, with special attention to Italian and Spanish music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The core duet may be joined by ad-hoc members according to the nature of each program.

EnsAmble Ad
-Hoc has performed in Colombia, the United States and Mexico. Some appearances include recitals at the Marinillla Religious Music Festival (Marinilla, Colombia), the cycle Música Antigua en Bogotá, the Bloomington Early Music Festival (Bloomington, IN), the musical series of Trinity Church (Cleveland, OH), the International Festival of Women Composers (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), the Noveno Encuentro de la Canción Infantil (Mexico, D.F.), and the First Latin American Guitar Festival (Chicago, IL). The ensemble recently worked on a project of Spanish Cantigas of the Middle Ages with volunteers of the Blessed Sacrament Paris in 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 program for Sunday's performance can be viewed here, on the Byron Colby Barn's website.

Early Music Series

The March 10 performance marks the end of the 2012-2013 Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.  Thank you for being part of this wonderful season of music!


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.


We hope you'll join us in thanking Joel for creating this outstanding calendar of Early Music offerings.  Stay tuned for infomation about next year's Early Music series, and please help spread the word by forwarding this email to another music afficionado. 

Coriolis Spring ConcertCoriolis
Coriolis returns for a spring concert at the Byron Colby Barn at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.  
Coriolis is a prominent chamber ensemble that performs beautiful and challenging a cappella compositions. The group's repertoire extends from 16th century madrigals and sacred music to world premieres of 21st century classical compositions.  

The members of Coriolis have performed extensively in various vocal ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Bella Voce, the Choral Ensemble of Chicago, the Classic Chorale, the North Shore Choral Society, Christmas Spirit, Hearing Voices, Blind Man's Bluff, Four Shadow, and more.


Admission is $18 for adults, and free for children under 16. This performance is an additional concert offering at the Byron Colby Barn, and is not part of the Early Music Series.


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

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