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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Pablo Mahave-Veglia with Seth Carlin    
Sun., Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.           


Beethoven's compositional styles reflect the rapid evolution of the piano in the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy an archetypal example of Beethoven's monumental middle period, Sonata No. 3 op. 69, the longest and most famous of the cello and pianoforte Sonatas.


This performance by Pablo Mahave-Veglia with Seth Carlin also includes variations on themes by Mozart, including Beethoven's own set on an Aria from The Magic Flute, as well as Helene Liebmann's Grand Sonata, which closes with a set of variations on a theme from Don Giovanni.


Professor Mahave-Veglia resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is Associate Professor of Cello at Grand Valley State University. He is a cellist and teacher of broad interests whose repertoire ranges from the early baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers. Professor Mahave-Veglia performs on a five-string baroque cello made by Chilean Luthier Marcelo Cigna in 1986. He also performs on a late eighteenth century British cello in restored to period setup by Ian Watchorn in 2005.


Renowned fortepianist Seth Carlin's career began at the age of nine with a broadcast performance over radio station WNYC, performing a work written especially for him. Since then Mr. Carlin has performed with orchestras including the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque, Boston "Pops" and at festivals including the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Great Performers at Lincoln Center Mozart Marathon, Cambridge Society for Early Music in Massachusetts, and "On Original Instruments" at Merkin Hall in New York.


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.

Ensemble SDG    
Sun., Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.                  


Love is timeless, and music remains an inspired medium of beauty and human expression of heartfelt emotions. Celebrate the enduring and diverse aspects of love with Ensemble SDG, as inspired by C.S. Lewis' classic book, The Four Loves.


Ensemble SDG (John Chappell Stowe, organ and harpsichord and Edith Hine, violin) performs music composed by German and French Baroque composers including Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Krieger, J.S. Bach, Francois Couperin, and Heinrich Biber. The selections reflect various aspects of love including familial affection, friendship, romance, and divine love.



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.

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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