Lyric Opera Chapter 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
Hyde Park/Kenwood
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 National Member ($75-$99) of Lyric Opera of Chicago:

-Exclusive gift from Lyric Opera. Redeem online for an $8 fee or visit Lyric’s Ticketing office, 20 N. Wacker Drive, 8th floor
-Invitation for two to Ryan Opera Center’s Rising Stars in Concert
-Lyric Opera membership cards

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





                                                                                                                                                                                                              

UPCOMING EVENTS


Operathon 2017 — a project of the Lyric Opera Chapters
Live broadcast on 98.7WFMT
Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information please visit the Operathon page

Northfield and Wilmette Chapters

August 8, 2017

5:30 PM
The Wilmette Chapter along with Northfield will be presenting an evening at RAVINIA! It is our annual Tent Party with dinner and a performance of Hayden’s The Creation. Enjoy the story of how the world began with James Levine conducting, CSO Choir, and tenor Matthew Polenzani. Gathering and dinner begins at 5:30 PM while the program begins at 7:30 PM. The $90 fee includes a buffet dinner, dessert and drinks including wine and beer, and reserved Pavilion seats. Please contact the Chapter Office at (312) 827-5673 or sgeocaris@lyricopera.org for more information.

Hinsdale Chapter
August 30, 2017

6:30 PM
The Hinsdale Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you and your guests to a preview of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2017/18 season. This event, hosted by Nancy and David Hayden, will feature Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg, and champagne and dessert will be served after the presentation. Admission is $25 for Chapter members and $30 for guests. Space is limited and reservations must be received by August 25th. Please contact the Chapter Office at (312) 827-5673 or sgeocaris@lyricopera.org for more information.

Far West Chapter
September 17, 2017

2:00 PM
The Lyric Opera of Chicago Far West Chapter invites you to a presentation on Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice. The Far West Chapter President, Judith Marshall, will present CD excerpts and commentary on this first of Gluck’s “reform operas”, which is based on Greek mythology. The presentation will take place at a private home in Glen Ellyn. This event is free to attend, but reservations must be made by September 15, 2017. For the exact location of the event and to confirm your attendance, please contact the Chapter Office.

Winnetka Chapter
September 17, 2017
2:00 PM
The Winnetka Chapter with the Winnetka Public Library present “Orphée et Eurydice by Gluck: A Lecture by Belinda Potoma”. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and reservations are not necessary. The Winnetka Public Library is located at 768 Oak Street, Winnetka.

Evanston, Glencoe, Northfield, Wilmette & Winnetka Chapters
September 19, 2017

7:00 PM
Lyric Opera of Chicago Chapters Evanston, Glencoe, Northfield, Wilmette, and Winnetka invite you to an informative Overview of Lyric’s 2017/18 Season with Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg and commentator for Lyric’s Broadcasts on WFMT. The program will take place at Kenilworth Union Church in the Cornell Room located at 263 Park Avenue, Glencoe. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for guests. Payments are to be made at the door, but please RSVP in advance. For more information please contact the Chapter Office at (312) 827-5673 or sgeocaris@lyricopera.org.

Flossmoor Chapter
September 24, 2017

4:00 PM
Calling all animal enthusiasts! The Flossmoor Area Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to The Animal Instinct: An Opera Feast for the Senses presented by Opera Up Close. Celebrate your favorite animals with song and visual and culinary delights. Enjoy delightful pieces from Rossini (“The Cat Duet”), Copland (“The Little Horses”), Chausson (“The Hummingbird”), and more!

In addition to the performance, your ticket includes a sampling of treats and wine. From the vantage point of your table on stage, you’ll be looking out into the theater as your delicious journey unfolds. The event will take place at The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University located at One University Parkway, University Park, IL. Tickets are $53 per person, and should be paid via check to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Flossmoor Area Chapter. Be sure to reserve your spot by September 18, 2017. Please contact the Chapter Office for more information.

Barrington Chapter
September 30, 2017
2:00 PM
The Barrington Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago cordially invites you to Operatic High Jinks featuring the ladies of Forte Chicago. The divas of Forte (all classically trained musicians) will delight you with favorite operatic ensembles and their unique improvisation and signature comedy sketches. Their performances were sold out in Chicago. Light refreshments will be served following the performance. The program will take place at the Barrington Library located at 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010. Admission is $25 for Chapter members and $35 for non-Chapter members. Checks should be made payable to Lyric Opera of Chicago, and reservations are due by September 22, 2017. For information on how to RSVP, please contact the Chapter Office.

Far West Chapter
October 8, 2017

2:00 PM
The Lyric Opera of Chicago Far West Chapter invites you to a lecture on Die Walküre. Dr. Mark Harbold, Professor of Music at Elmhurst College, will be the guest speaker. The lecture will be given at Monarch Landing Senior Living Community located at 2255 Monarch Drive, Naperville IL, and it is free to attend. To confirm your attendance, please contact the Chapter Office by October 5.

Evanston, Northfield, Wilmette & Winnetka Chapters
October 8, 2017

3:00 PM
The Evanston, Northfield, Wilmette, and Winnetka Chapters of Lyric Opera of Chicago invite you and your opera friends to our Die Walküre Lecture. Hojo-to-ho! Be ready for the call of the Valkyries with a lecture by John Piepgras, highlighting Wagner’s musical motifs in Die Walküre with recorded music. As a member of Lyric’s former Education Corps, he is admired for transmitting his love of Wagnerian operas to us through his meticulous research and knowledge. Currently he is on the Board of Directors at the Music Institute Chicago. The program will take place at Mallinckrodt Center located at 1041-A Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL. Admission is $15 each or $20 for you and your non-member guest. Please make checks payable to the Wilmette Chapter, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and mail your reservation form with your admission fee by Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Please contact the Chapter Office at (312) 827-5673 or sgeocaris@lyricopera.org for information.

Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, & Northfield Chapters
October 18, 2017

Gathering at 11:30 AM
Lunch at 12:00 PM
Performance at 1:15 PM
The Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, and Northfield Chapters invite you to their Autumn Affair featuring Christine Steyer, Soprano, and Marta Lettofsky, Piano. The event will be held at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield. Admission is $65 for members and guests. Reservations can be made with your check to the Lyric Opera Glencoe Chapter by October 12, 2017. Please contact the Chapter Office for information on how to RSVP.

Near North Chapter

October 28, 2017
Gathering at 11:30 AM
Lecture at 12:00 PM
Lunch at 1:00 PM
The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to a lecture by Mark Hagland on Die Walküre. This event will include a three course lunch with a cash bar at the Devon Seafood Grill Restaurant located at 39 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets are $55 per person, and reservations must be made in advance. Please contact the Chapter Office for information on how to RSVP.

Hinsdale Chapter
October 25, 2017
12:00 PM
The Hinsdale Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you and your guests to a lecture on Wagner’s Die Walküre. The lecture will be presented by Margaret Fournier, the Hinsdale Chapter’s resident Wagnerian scholar and member of the Opera Lovers Lecture Corps. The event will take place at Weber Grill Restaurant Located at 2331 Fountain Square, Lombard. Enjoy a delicious luncheon of plank-grilled bourbon salmon and grilled Black Angus meat loaf, served family style. Tickets are $35 per person and reservations must be made by October 23, 2017. Please contact the Chapter Office for information on how to RSVP.

Flossmoor Area Chapter
November 5, 2017
2:00 PM
The Flossmoor Area Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to “Times in Music” presented by Susan Nelson, soprano. Ms. Nelson holds degrees from the University of Illinois and the Eastman School of Music. She is equally at home singing opera, music of the baroque, operettas, or musicals. Accompanying Ms. Nelson will be Marta Johnson Lettofsky, who is active as a music director, pianist, and vocal coach in the Chicago area. She has worked with the Lyric Opera, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Opera Up Close at Governors State University. This event is free of charge, but reservations must be made in advance. For more information on the location and how to RSVP, please contact the Chapter Office.

Evanston, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, & Northfield Chapters

November 7, 2017
Gathering: 11:30 AM
Luncheon: 12:00 PM
Program to Follow Lunch
Please join the Evanston, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, and Northfield Chapters for a luncheon and lecture by Carl Grapentine, WFMT : A Funny Thing Happened at the Opera. The event will take place at Marcello’s Restaurant located at 1911 Cherry Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062. Admission is $35 for members and guests. Secure your reservations with a check made payable to the Lyric Opera Glencoe Chapter by November 1, 2017. Please contact the Chapter Office for information on how to RSVP.





PAST EVENTS




Evanston Chapter
January 15, 2017
3:00 PM
The Evanston Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a recital by the distinguished pianish and teacher, Yulia Lipmanovich. The program will feature music of Chopin. The event will take place at Three Crowns Park 2323, 2323 McDaniel Avenue. The fee for Chapter members is $10 and $15 for guests. Reservations are not required.

Flossmoor Chapter
January 15, 2017

4:00 PM
The Flossmoor Chapter invites you to Pavarotti, Pasta, and Pastries presented by The Other 3 Tenors and Opera Up Close. The talented triumvirate of Warren Moulton, Franco Martorana and Simon Kyung Lee, The Other 3 Tenors dazzles with A Salute to Pavarotti including "La danza", "Ave Maria", "O sole mio", "Lolita", "Passione", and more! Paired with pasta and pastries, this is one spicy and sweet performance! From the unique vantage point of your table on the stage, you'll be looking out into the theater as your delicious journey unfolds. The event takes place at Governors State University, One University Pkwy., University Park, IL. Ticket price is $50.00 per person. Reservation deadline is January 12, 2017.

Near North Chapter
February 16, 2017
5:30 PM
The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to dinner to hear Sarah Hatten, Wig Master and Makeup Designer at Lyric Opera of Chicago. What makes a wig? What goes into the design and making of a wig? How does the wig relate to the production? What is the importance of the wig to the singer and the role being played? These are some questions that will hopefully be answered. The event takes place at the Women's Athletic Club located at 626 North Michigan Avenue. Please arrive at 5:30 PM to enjoy a cash bar followed by a shared plate dinner at 6:00 PM. The program will begin during dessert at 6:30 PM. Ticket price is $65 for Chapter members and $70 for non-members. Reservation deadline is February 11, 2017.

Flossmoor Chapter
February 26, 2017
2:00 PM
The Flossmoor Area Chapter invites you to Music Reigns!, a recital featuring Sara Su Jones, violin, accompanied by Dennis Moore of WFMT, piano. The event will take place at the Bongard Residence in Olympia Fields. There is no charge, but reservations are essential and must be made no later than February 21, 2017. 

Near North Chapter
March 21, 2017
5:30 PM
The Near North Chapter of Lyric Opera of Chicago invites you to hear Carl Grapentine present “A funny thing happened on the way to the opera”, a  program of operatic anecdotes and stories, with musical excerpts. The event will take place at Francesca’s on Chestnut, 200 E. Chestnut St. and will include a family-style dinner with a cash bar. Tickets are $55 for Chapter members and $60 for non-members. Reservation deadline is March 16, 2017.

Far West and Hinsdale Chapters
March 26, 2017
2:00 PM
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing in the Lyric Opera chorus? On Sunday, March 26, at the Oak Brook Public Library, Michelle Wrighte, mezzo-soprano, and Scott Holmes, pianist and baritone, will talk about their experiences as members of the acclaimed Lyric chorus and will treat us to some operatic excerpts. This unique program, which has been especially prepared for the Far West and Hinsdale Chapters, will also include some "behind-the-scenes" anecdotes that didn't make it into the newspaper reviews. It promises to be a wonderful afternoon of singing, talking, and good humor. Tickets are $20 for members and guests.

Reservations must be made and paid for in advance; payment will not be accepted at the door.

Flossmoor Chapter
April 2, 2017
2:00 PM
The Flossmoor Area Chapter invites you to the Annual Membership Party. Enjoy the magnificent talents of John Concepcion, Tenor, accompanied by Lisa Kristina, as well as a special appearance by award-winning flutist, Michelle McGovern. The event will be held at the beautiful home of Michelle McGovern in Orland Park. There is no charge, but reservations are essential.

Hinsdale and Riverside Chapters
April 29, 2017
3:00 PM
The Hinsdale and Riverside Chapters invite you to join them for An Ascot Races Afternoon in the Turf Club of Hawthorne Race Course. From their private room you'll be able to sip on cocktails, which are available at the full cash bar, commune with fellow chapter members, watch and wager on the races through the large windows, or immerse yourself in the action, just steps away. Bonnets, hats, and black and white attire are encouraged! Tickets are $65 per person. The reservations deadline is April 17. 

Near North Chapter
April 29, 2017
11:30 AM
The Near North Chapter invites you to their spring lunch event What is it like to be a collaborative artist?  featuring pianist Shannon McGinnish, co-founder of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, and Bridget Skaggs, mezzo-soprano. Ms. McGinnis will lead this "master class" to demonstrate the relationship between a singer and pianist. Guests will enjoy a gourmet three course lunch with an Arctic Char entree, coffee and tea, and a cash bar. The event will take place in the Michigan Room at the University Club of Chicago located at 76 East Monroe street Chicago, IL 60603. Tickets are $65 for members and $70 for non-members. Reservations must be made by April 24.

Barrington Chapter
April 30, 2017
12:30 PM
The Barrington Chapter is honored to present America's Got Talent Finalist, Laura Bretan performing Opera arias and Broadway tunes. The event will be held at the Wynstone Golf Club located at One South Wynstone Drive North Barrington, IL 60010, and will include a three-course luncheon. Tickets are $75 for Barrington Chapter members and $90 for non-members. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Reservation deadline is April 20th.

Northfield, Northwest, and Wilmette Chapters
May 4, 2017
12:00 PM
The Northfield, Northwest, and Wilmette Chapters invite you to their Spring Champagne Luncheon with tenor Brett Potts and pianist Luciano Laurentiu. Registration begins at 11:30am with the program taking place at noon and a luncheon following. The event will take place at the Indian Hill Club located at One Indian Hill Rd, Winnetka. Tickets are $65 per person. 

Glencoe and Winnetka Chapters
May 7, 2017
The Glencoe and Winnetka Chapters cordially invites you to their Spring Tea and Piano Concert by George Lepauw. This event will take place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Goldberg. Tickets are $20.00 for members and guests and free for new members. Reservation deadline is May 1st.

Evanston Chapter
June 4, 2017
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Musical Celebration in Memory of Janet Thau
Make plans to attend an afternoon and evening of music in celebration of the life of Janet Thau. Many of us were privileged to attend the annual musical parties that she and Howard Reisman hosted in their home - this concert will be given in similar fashion. Many artists have been invited. There will be no charge to attend - come whenever you can and stay however long. The event will take place at the Merit School of Music located at 38 S Peoria St, Chicago IL.

Winnetka Chapter
June 8, 2017
The Winnetka Chapter cordially invites you to their Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting featuring the Melodious Mamas. The event takes place at the Indian Hill Country Club, located at One Indian Hill Road, Winnetka. Tickets are $65 for members and guests. Reservations are limited and may be secured by your check.





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