Lyric Opera Chapters Community

Chapters Community

In a Lyric Opera Chapter, opera lovers of all ages get together to enjoy lectures, musical performances, events, volunteer opportunities, and each other's company. Each Chapter is chartered with the dual purpose of providing educational programs in their communities and raising money to support community-engagement and educational programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Chapter memberships start at $100 annually ($75 donation to the Lyric Annual Campaign and $25 for Chapter dues). You are welcome to join multiple Chapters by paying $25 for each additional Chapter dues, once the minimum $75 annual donation has been made. Further, you can add your spouse or partner for $25 per Chapter.

The Lyric Opera Chapter Community

Barrington
Evanston
Far West
Flossmoor Area
Glencoe
Hinsdale
Lake Geneva
Near North
Northfield
Riverside
Wilmette
Winnetka

Please contact Sarah Geocaris at 312-827-5673 or sgeocaris@lyricopera.org for more information.


Exclusive Benefits for Chapter Members!

All benefits of being a Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago:
    • - NEW Lyric Opera membership card, granting you Member-level pricing on merchandise when you show your card at our OperaShop.
    • - Receive Donor Serenade, Lyric’s Quarterly Donor E-Newsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center.
    • - Invitation to the Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.

Please check our Donor Benefits page for a complete list of member benefits.

Plus:
    • - New Subscription to the new Chapters’ Quarterly E-Newsletter
    • - Volunteer opportunities exclusive to Chapter members:
    • - OperaShop Volunteer
    • - Lobby Greeter for the award winning “Getting to Know You” program during the Spring Musical 
    • - Volunteer opportunities with Lyric Unlimited and Ryan Opera Center
    • - Office duties in the Chapter office
    • - Invitation to the Chapters’ Annual Luncheon/Dinner usually held in May and other Chapter-wide only events
    • - At the patron level ($100 - $249) – Invitation to attend ONE private Working Rehearsal with performers and the magnificent Lyric Opera Orchestra

In Your Local Chapter:
    • - Educational and volunteer opportunities in your community
    • - Social gatherings with other opera lovers in your community
    • - Lectures, musical performances, and events 
    • - Access to programs at all 12 Lyric Opera Community Chapters
    • - Connection with a vast network of Chicagoland opera lovers
    • - Member pricing for any community chapter program, including those offered by other chapters

Pursuant to long-standing Lyric Opera policy, ticket order priority increases with level of giving.











                       
                                                                                                                                                                                      

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR CHAPTER MEMBERS!

All benefits of being a Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

NEW Receive Serenade, Lyric’s Quarterly Donor E-Newsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center
- Exclusive gift from Lyric. 
- Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
- Lyric Opera membership cards.

Please check Lyric’s website, lyricopera.org/about, for a complete list of benefits and Chapter event dates. 

Plus:

- Personal connections and camaraderie with local opera lovers in your community!
- Access to all exclusive Chapter programs and activities at the member price!
- Opportunity to volunteer and meet the stars at Operathon, Lyric’s annual radio marathon!

Pursuant to long-standing Lyric Opera policy, ticket order priority increases with level of giving.

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR CHAPTER MEMBERS!

All benefits of being a Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

NEW Receive Serenade, Lyric’s Quarterly Donor E-Newsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center
- Exclusive gift from Lyric. 
- Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
- Lyric Opera membership cards.

Please check Lyric’s website, lyricopera.org/about, for a complete list of benefits and Chapter event dates. 

Plus:

- Personal connections and camaraderie with local opera lovers in your community!
- Access to all exclusive Chapter programs and activities at the member price!
- Opportunity to volunteer and meet the stars at Operathon, Lyric’s annual radio marathon!

Pursuant to long-standing Lyric Opera policy, ticket order priority increases with level of giving.

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR CHAPTER MEMBERS!

All benefits of being a Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

NEW Receive Serenade, Lyric’s Quarterly Donor E-Newsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center
- Exclusive gift from Lyric. 
- Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
- Lyric Opera membership cards.

Please check Lyric’s website, lyricopera.org/about, for a complete list of benefits and Chapter event dates. 

Plus:

- Personal connections and camaraderie with local opera lovers in your community!
- Access to all exclusive Chapter programs and activities at the member price!
- Opportunity to volunteer and meet the stars at Operathon, Lyric’s annual radio marathon!

Pursuant to long-standing Lyric Opera policy, ticket order priority increases with level of giving.

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR CHAPTER MEMBERS!

All benefits of being a Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

NEW Receive Serenade, Lyric’s Quarterly Donor E-Newsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center
- Exclusive gift from Lyric. 
- Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
- Lyric Opera membership cards.

Please check Lyric’s website, lyricopera.org/about, for a complete list of benefits and Chapter event dates. 

Plus:

- Personal connections and camaraderie with local opera lovers in your community!
- Access to all exclusive Chapter programs and activities at the member price!
- Opportunity to volunteer and meet the stars at Operathon, Lyric’s annual radio marathon!

Pursuant to long-standing Lyric Opera policy, ticket order priority increases with level of giving.

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR CHAPTER MEMBERS!

All benefits of being a Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

NEW Receive Serenade, Lyric’s Quarterly Donor E-Newsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center
- Exclusive gift from Lyric. 
- Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
- Lyric Opera membership cards.

Please check Lyric’s website, lyricopera.org/about, for a complete list of benefits and Chapter event dates. 

Plus:

- Personal connections and camaraderie with local opera lovers in your community!
- Access to all exclusive Chapter programs and activities at the member price!
- Opportunity to volunteer and meet the stars at Operathon, Lyric’s annual radio marathon!

Pursuant to long-standing Lyric Opera policy, ticket order priority increases with level of giving.

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR CHAPTER MEMBERS!

All benefits of being a Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

NEW Receive Serenade, Lyric’s Quarterly Donor E-Newsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center
- Exclusive gift from Lyric. 
- Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
- Lyric Opera membership cards.

Please check Lyric’s website, lyricopera.org/about, for a complete list of benefits and Chapter event dates. 

Plus:

- Personal connections and camaraderie with local opera lovers in your community!
- Access to all exclusive Chapter programs and activities at the member price!
- Opportunity to volunteer and meet the stars at Operathon, Lyric’s annual radio marathon!

Pursuant to long-standing Lyric Opera policy, ticket order priority increases with level of giving.

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR CHAPTER MEMBERS!

All benefits of being a Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

NEW Receive Serenade, Lyric’s Quarterly Donor E-Newsletter, including advance notice of special events, concerts, and programs presented by Lyric Unlimited and the Ryan Opera Center
- Exclusive gift from Lyric. 
- Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Final Auditions and Rising Stars in Concert.
- Lyric Opera membership cards.

Please check Lyric’s website, lyricopera.org/about, for a complete list of benefits and Chapter event dates. 

Plus:

- Personal connections and camaraderie with local opera lovers in your community!
- Access to all exclusive Chapter programs and activities at the member price!
- Opportunity to volunteer and meet the stars at Operathon, Lyric’s annual radio marathon!

Pursuant to long-standing Lyric Opera policy, ticket order priority increases with level of giving.


UPCOMING EVENTS

October 24
"Autumn Affair" Luncheon & Performance

Featuring Christian Ketter, tenor, Cara Schlecker, violin, and Paul Dykstra, piano
Hosted by the Glencoe, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka Chapters
11.30AM
Sunset Ridge Country Club
2100 Sunset Ridge Road
Northfield, IL 
Members & Guests $65
Cash Bar
American Prize winner, Christian Ketter, made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and is equally at home singing oratorios, opera, and musical theater. He is a frequent soloist with area orchestras and choruses. Violinist Cara Schlecker, alumna of The University of Michigan and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, is currently an Associate Member of The Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

October 25 
Program & Luncheon: Siegfried

Lecturer: Margaret Fournier
Hosted by Jackie & Hugh Edfors and the Hinsdale Chapter
10:00AM
Private Residence
Naperville, IL
Fee: TBD
Flossmoor Area Chapter
November 4, 2018
3:00 PM
The Flossmoor Area Chapter Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to their Membership Party featuring a performance by Jonathan Beyer, Baritone. Enjoy an afternoon of opera favorites and musical theater all while connecting with members of the Flossmoor Chapter. 
Admission to this event is free! Reservations are required in advance so please contact Diane Moses at 708.613.5402 to reserve your spot and receive location details.


November 4
Siegfried Explored: a lecture by John Piepgras

Hosted by the Evanston, Northfield, Wilmette, and Winnetka Chapters
3:00PM
Mallinckrodt Center – Meskill Room
1041A Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL
(From Lake Ave. & Ridge in Wilmette, go north ½ block)
$15 at the door
Wagner aficionado John Piepgras, will present a lecture on Siegfried with recorded musical excerpts. He is a former member of Lyric’s Education Corps and known for his thorough research and helpful handouts, making it easy for guests to follow the action of the opera.  His love of Wagnerian operas is legendary.
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

November 11 
"Building an Opera Set" Lecture and visual presentation

Hosted by the Barrington Chapter
Barrington Library
505 N. Northwest Highway
Barrington, IL
$10 – Includes Light Refreshments
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

November 15 
Cendrillon

Lecturer: Carla Thorpe, Opera Lovers Lecture Corps
Sponsored by Dr. Robert W. Parsons and the Hinsdale Chapter
10:00AM
Private Residence
La Grange Park
$10 members, $15 guests at the door
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

December 5 
HOLIDAY PARTY

Sponsored by Connie & Richard Pinto and the Hinsdale Chapter
6:15PM
Hinsdale Golf Club
140 W. Chicago Avenue
Clarendon Hills
Featuring a performance by members of the Ryan Opera Center
Christine Scriba and Patricia Wees, Co-Chairs
Fee: TBD
Guests welcome – reservations necessary.
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

Hinsdale Chapter
December 5, 2018 

6:15PM
The Hinsdale Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to their Holiday Party! Entertainment will be provided by Ryan Opera Center ensemble members Ann Toomey, soprano, and Josh Lovell, tenor, accompanied by Madeline Slettedahl. The holiday party is always a lovely occasion and is truly one of the Hinsdale Chapter's signature events. 
The event will take place at the Hinsdale Golf Club located at 140 W. Chicago Avenue, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. Admission is $90 per person and guests are welcome! Reservations must be made by November 29, 2018.
Please contact the Chapter Office at (312) 827-5673 or lyricchapters@lyricopera.org for more information.

December 16 
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND MUSICAL

Hosted by the Evanston, Northfield, Wilmette, and Winnetka Chapters
Noon
Hilton Orrington Hotel
1710 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 
Performers will be soprano Ariana Strahl and mezzo Jennifer Kosharsky accompanied by Celeste Rue. The program is preceded by a luncheon and silent auction.
Fee: TBD
For over three decades the Evanston and other Chapters on the North Shore have joined to hear fine vocal talents such as this year's guest artists soprano Ariana Strahl, a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism,’ and Jennifer Kocharsky, noted for her "dark-timbred, attractive, mezzo-soprano voice." 
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

October 7 
An Opera Study of Idomeneo Presented By David Blecher

Hosted By The Far West Chapter
2 PM 
Music Room at Monarch Landing Senior Living, Naperville.

Please contact the Newsletter Team to make sure your event is featured in our next newsletter!




PAST EVENTS

Near North, Hinsdale, and Riverside Chapters
August 29, 2018

6:30 PM – Wine and Cheese Reception
7:30PM – Lecture
9:30PM – Navy Pier Fireworks
The Near North, Hinsdale, and Riverside Chapters invite you to a 2018/19 Lyric Opera Season Overview lecture presented by Lyric Dramaturg, Roger Pines. Nobody knows the operas like Roger! Sample the music and learn about the history, story, production, and performers from each opera for Lyric’s 2018/19 season. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 PM followed by the lecture at 7:30 PM. Following the lecture, you are invited to stay for a Navy Pier fireworks viewing party from a private veranda. The Chapter member price for this event is $35. As a way of introducing friends to Lyric Opera and our Chapters, Chapter members may bring non-member guests for just $20.  This event will take place at a private residence near Millennium Park. Please contact the Chapter Office at (312) 827-5673 or sgeocaris@lyricopera.org for more information.

September 20 
Program: Idomeneo

Presented by Jean Joslyn, Opera Lovers Lecture Corps
Hosted by Beatriz & Jorge Iorgulescu and the Hinsdale Chapter
10:00AM
Private Residence
$10 members, $15 guests
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

September 23  
Opera Arias & Broadway Tunes

Hosted by the Barrington Chapter
Performance at 1PM followed by lunch at 2:45PM
Barrington Hills Country Club
300 W. County Line Road
Barrington, IL
$65
For more details please contact the Chapter Office
300 W COUNTY LINE RD | BARRINGTON, IL
 
September 26 
Season Overview with Roger Pines

Hosted by the Evanston, Glencoe, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka Chapters
Glencoe Union Church, Cornell Room
263 Park Ave., Glencoe
7:00PM, Refreshments follow program
Fee: $20 Members; $25 Guests – Pay at the door.
Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg, will give a Season Overview with musical excerpts. In addition to giving Lyric’s pre-performance lectures, he also edits Lyric’s programs and magazines. Previously, he held positions at The Dallas Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. 
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

September 30
"Best of Bernstein at 100!" 

Sponsored by the Flossmoor Area Chapter
4PM
Center for Performing Arts
Governors State University
One University Parkway
University Park, IL
Reservation deadline September 18
$53
Vocal performance by baritone Michael Cavalieri, tenor John Concepcion, soprano Desiree Hassler and mezzo Pamela Williams with Meghan Hoyt and Brandon Willard.
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

October 6 
OPENING NIGHT BASH: BROADWAY COMES TO THE CAFE MOMUS

Sponsored by Ruth Mistretta and the Hinsdale Chapter
Entertainment provided by Nostalgia Entertainment
4:00PM
The Clubhouse at Graue Mill
1203 Old Mill Rd., Hinsdale
Fee: TBD
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

October 7 
Patrick Casali continues his exploration of Little Known Operatic Gems

Hosted by the Evanston Chapter
3PM 
Private Residence
Evanston, IL 
$15/20 at the door 
For more details please contact the Chapter Office

Flossmoor Area Chapter
January 21, 2018

4:00 PM
The Flossmoor Area Chapter invites you to enjoy Lift Every Voice: An Operatic Celebration of the Black Experience presented by Opera Up Close. The program will feature opera arias, art songs, spirituals, as well as selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Flaherty & Ahrens’ Ragtime. From the vantage point of your table on stage, you’ll be looking out into the theater. With your ticket, you will be able to enjoy a soul food buffet. Tickets are $55 per person. The program will take place at Governors State University, Center for Performing Arts at One University Pkwy, University Park, IL. Please make your reservations no later than January 17, 2018. Please contact the Chapter Office for information on how to RSVP.

Hinsdale Chapter
January 25, 2018

12:00 PM
The Hinsdale Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you and your guests for a luncheon and lecture on Bellini’s I Puritani. The lecture will be presented by Carla Thorpe of Opera Lovers Lecture Corps. The event will take place at Roberto’s Restaurant located at 483 Spring Road, Elmhurst, IL. Tickets for this event are $35 for Members and $40 for Guests. To make your reservation please contact the Chapter Office.

Near North Chapter
January 28, 2018

Gathering: 11:30 AM
Lecture: 12:00 PM
Lunch: 1:00 PM
The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to join them on Sunday, January 28th for lunch at Gibsons Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush Street, for a lecture by Jesse Rosenberg on I Puritani. Jesse Rosenberg, a Clinical Associate Professor of Musicology at Northwestern University, is a specialist in 19th and 20th century Italian opera. His research interests include musical aesthetics and the convergence of music with fields such as literature, poetry, and theology. Tickets are $55 per person, and reservations must be made by January 24, 2018. Please contact the Chapter Office for information on how to RSVP.

Near North Chapter
February 18, 2018

12:00 PM
The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to join them in celebration of the Chinese New Year and Lyric’s recent production of Turandot. Enjoy the company of your fellow Chapter members in the authentic private dining room of Imperial Lamian, 6 W. Hubbard Street, featuring a discussion by the Chef on the origins of Dim Sum as well as a special demonstration. Tickets are $45 per person, and reservations should be made by February 14, 2018. Please contact the Chapter Office for information on how to RSVP.

Hinsdale Chapter
February 18, 2018

2:00 PM
The Hinsdale Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to join them for an afternoon of beautiful music with Kate Carter, Violin, and Louise Chan, Piano. The program will take place at the Oak Brook Library located at 600 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL. Tickets are $10 for Chapter members and their guests. Walk-ins are welcome! If you’d like to reserve your spot ahead of time please contact the Chapter Office.

Near North Chapter
March 11, 2018
Gathering: 11:30 AM
Lecture: 12:00 PM
Lunch: 1:00 PM
The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to join them on Sunday, March 11th at the historic Chicago Firehouse Restaurant for lunch and a lecture by Will Biby about Fellow Travelers. Mr. Biby is the Manager of Audience Programs for Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he coordinates the production of adult education programming and the creation of student opera resources. You will not want to miss this program. Tickets are $55 and include lunch. A cash bar will also be available. Please contact the Chapter Office for information on how to RSVP.

Far West Chapter
March 11, 2018

2:00 PM
The Far West Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to “An Afternoon at the Opera” featuring violinist virtuoso Sara Su Jones and pianist Tatyana Stepanova. They will collaborate on a wide-ranging program of both popular and rarely heard fantasies and transcriptions of themes from Verdi’s La Traviata, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Wagner’s Die Maistersinger, along with operas by Prokofiev, Massenet, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gluck, and others. The event will take place at the Addison Public Library located at 4 Friendship Plaza in Addison. This event is free and open to the public. To make a reservation please contact the Chapter Office.

Barrington Chapter

April 15, 2018

Gathering: 1:30 PM
Luncheon: 2:00 PM
Performance: 3:15 PM
The Barrington Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago requests your presence at their 50th Anniversary Luncheon. The celebration will feature performances by Ryan Opera Center baritone Takaoki Onishi, mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo, and pianist Irina Feoktistova. The event will take place at the Medinah Country Club located at 6N001 Medinah Road, Medinah, IL 60157. Admission includes a 3-course plated luncheon and complimentary valet. Tickets are $95 per person and reservations must be made by Thursday, April 5th. Please contact the Chapter Officer to make your reservation.

Evanston, Northfield, and Wilmette Chapters
May 5, 2018

Gathering: 11:30 AM
Program: 12:00 PM, Luncheon follows
The Evanston, Northfield, and Wilmette Chapters’ of Lyric Opera of Chicago invite you to their “Spring Champagne Luncheon” featuring soprano Penelope Shumate accompanied by Luciano Laurentiu. Ms. Shumate is a frequent soloist at Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, and earned praise from the New York Times for her “bell-like clarity and surpassing sweetness.”The event will take place at the Skokie Country Club located at 500 Washington Ave., Glencoe. Admission is $65 per person, and reservations must be made by Thursday, May 3, 2018. Please contact the Chapter Office to make your reservation. 

Hinsdale Chapter
May 24, 2018

Meeting: 11:00 AM
Program: 11:30 AM
Lunch: 12:30 PM
The Hinsdale Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago cordially invites you to join them for their Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon at the Edgewood Valley Country Club located at 7500 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525. The program will feature a performance by Christian Ketter, Heldentenor, accompanied by Brenda Huang. Admission is $65 per person, which will include lunch and a cash bar. Please contact the Chapter Office to make your reservation.

Winnetka Chapter
June 7, 2018

Meeting: 11:00 AM
Concert: 11:15 AM
Luncheon: 12:30 PM
The Winnetka Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago cordially invites you to their Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon with Vocal Concert at the Indian Hill Club located at One Indian Hill Road, Winnetka. The Concert will feature Jeffrey, Horvath, Bass, Timothy Filliman, Bass, and Edward Zelnis, Tenor. Admission is $60 per person payable via check to “Winnetka Chapter Lyric Opera” and reservations are limited. Please contact the Chapter Office by May 31st to make your reservation.

Riverside Chapter

June 10, 2018

2:00 PM
The Riverside Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago is pleased to present the piano talents of Benjamin Kolot. Benjamin Kolot, a senior at New Trier Township High School in Northfield, has performed on WFMT radio’s Introductions and was a semifinalist in the International Institute of Young Musicians Competition. In addition, Benjamin was the first place winner of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association Competition. Recently, in 2015, Benjamin placed in the Emilio Del Rosario Memorial Concerto Competition performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The special concert, with refreshments after, will take place at a private residence in River Forest. Admission to this event is $25, and payment should be paid via check to Lyric Opera of Chicago. Please contact the Chapter Office for more information.




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