Events at the Byron Colby Barn
The beautifully restored Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake hosts concerts and events to foster lifelong learning and a sense of community.


Incredible performances and architectural beauty combine to create a unique experience. Bring a bottle of wine to share with friends if you wish.


Join us at the following events!

13th Annual Early Music Series
The Early Music Series features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

Upcoming 2014-2015 Early Music Series performances include:

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


Brochures for the 2014-2015 season are now available! Pick up some brochures at the Nov. 16 concert and share them with friends, or forward this email. Influence the success of this season by letting others know about this wonderful concert series! 

Visit the Early Music Series YouTube channel to preview the professionalism and intimacy that define the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, then join us at an upcoming performance. No photography, videography, or sound recording is allowed during performances but relax and enjoy these exquisite video clips from past performances.


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Season Tickets Available Now Thru Nov. 16
Season tickets are now available for the 13th season of the Early Music Series for $90 per person
Save $18 off the regular admission - the equivalent of one free performance.
Searching for a unique gift? Purchase a season ticket for yourself and a friend, and enjoy an entire season of beautiful live music together.
Click here to purchase a season ticket to the Early Music Series. At $15 each for season ticket holders, the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn is a bargain compared to the costs of other professional music series. 
New Comma Baroque Opens the 2014-2015 Season
Sun., Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.      


New Comma Baroque presents

"In the Hall of the Prussian King: Virtuosity at the Court of Frederick the Great", an electrifying celebration of 300 years of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Frederick II of Prussia, a composer and flutist, surrounded himself with the greatest musicians of his day.


During this program New Comma Baroque (Leighann Daihl, traverso; Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba; Emily Jane Katayama, harpsichord) explores C.P.E. Bach's dramatic works alongside sublime gems by his contemporaries: Karl Heinrich Graun, Ernst Christian Hesse, Johann Christian Hertel, and Johann Joachim Quantz.


New Comma Baroque is dedicated to re-engaging modern audiences through historically-informed performance and emphasizing a strong sense of cultural context and diversity in the concert hall and beyond. Their performances demonstrate colorful, spirited, dynamic and collaborative programming - always thinking outside the 'Bachs.'


Committed to community engagement and educational outreach, New Comma Baroque works closely with Illinois' first period-instrument public school Baroque orchestra at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.


Embark on vibrant, new and electrifying ways of experiencing Early Music with New Comma Baroque - bold historically-informed performance. Period.


Admission is $18 at the door only (cash or check) - children under 16 are free. This performance is part of the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.

VOX3 Collective - "Shepherds & Angels"
Sun., Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.          


Celebrate the holiday season with "Shepherds & Angels", a program of heavenly Baroque cantatas. The acclaimed singers of VOX3 Collective announce the nativity in Si apra il riso, a Christmas rarity by Alessandro Stradella.


Soprano Laura Pinto masters the graciously arched phrases of Alessandro Scarlatti's 1695 pastoral cantata, O di Betlemme altera povertŗ. Other sacred and secular wintry pieces from the seventeenth century by Boismortier, Vierdanck, and Weckmann complete the program.  

The talented singers of VOX3 Collective are Jessica Louise Coe, Mary Lutz Govertsen, Ashley Nicole Johnson, Laura Pinto, and Elizabeth Shuman (soprano); Gretchen Adams (mezzo-soprano); Thomas AlŠan (countertenor); Oliver Camacho (tenor); Zachary Elmassian, David Govertsen, Brian von Rueden (baritone). They will be accompanied by Brandi Berry (violin) and Jason Moy (harpsichord).



Revel in celestial sounds and join the earthly throng at the manger with these stylish chamber works. Admission is $18 at the door only (cash or check) - children under 16 are free. This performance is part of the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.

Joel Spears - Artistic Director of the Early Music Series 

Joel Spears

Joel Spears is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn, and an active lutenist and guitarist based in the Chicago area.

Joel has performed both as a soloist and with ensembles of varying sizes such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Seraphic Fire, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce, Music of the Baroque, and The Chicago Early Music Consort.

Joel is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago. He is also proud to be the first theorbo teacher in the nation at the high school level at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

Other Events at the Byron Colby Barn

Route 53 Public Information Session

Wed., Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m.                       


The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is holding a public information session on the Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan from 4 - 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 12 at the Byron Colby Barn. 


Come to the Nov. 12 Public Information Session for an overview of the planning process and the analysis to date, as well as an opportunity to review and comment on the materials and provide input on priorities for the corridor.


For more information visit the Land Use Committee website maintained by CMAP. Click here for information about the Liberty Prairie Foundation's role in the Route 53/120 Project. 

Home Energy Event

Wed., Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

Want to trim your home's energy bill while being a "green" homeowner?

Join Elevate Energy and the Sierra Club - Woods & Wetlands Group at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 18 at the Byron Colby Barn for a free home energy event.


Over the last two years, more than 4,000 Chicago area homeowners took advantage of the Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) program to make cost effective home energy improvements. EI2 is a program of the non-profit Elevate Energy organization, an affiliate of the Center for Neighborhood Technology.
Click here for additional event details.

About the Byron Colby Barn


The beautifully restored Byron Colby Barn is named for the local dairy farmer who built it in 1885. Scheduled for demolition in 1992, this historic dairy barn was instead expertly deconstructed and 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 north, 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 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. 

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