I Hear a Symphony

by Lisa Stamos

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I have heard the symphony. They are talented and professional yet approachable musicians who produce world-class symphonic music, Broadway show tunes, and the new “Inside the Music” events next season with the hope of connecting with you. The ESO—Elgin Symphony Orchestra—should no longer be a best-kept local secret. Everything you see in our cover feature story is available less than 14 miles from Barrington (they play at the Hemmens in Elgin, and also the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts).

You can enjoy magnificent music that’s close to home, and with free parking. ESO offers a social event after performances where you can mingle with musicians. It’s easy to buy tickets, and season passes are available. We have local connections to the orchestra, as several Barrington area people are on the ESO Board including local Northern Trust private banker, Richard Resseguie, who is the Board Chair-elect for 2017.

The ESO has just won (again) the 2016 Professional Orchestra of the Year for the State of Illinois, from the Illinois Council of Orchestras, out of the 50-plus orchestras that call Illinois home. Extraordinary Maestro Andrew Grams’ contract will continue for five more years starting with the 2016-17 season. If there was ever a time to buy tickets and get to know the ESO, it is now. The QB team, including photographer Paolo Cascio, have enjoyed getting to know the ESO organization, musicians, and Maestro Andrew Grams. We know you will, too.

If you can define culture, in part, as how we think and how we do things, this arts and culture issue is the perfect vehicle to bring you Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s new platform—their completely redesigned and modernized hospital campus. This once-in-a-lifetime project for many involved was designed in large part by the front line of the staff—doctors, nurses, technicians, and the executive team—whose desire for the best possible and most advanced patient care helped to define and design the space, the technology, the private rooms, and larger operating rooms, to name a few.

Check out QB’s exclusive look inside the new hospital, and meet the leaders who made it happen for the community. We are fortunate to have Karen Lambert leading Good Shepherd and setting the highest in clinical standards along with the other leaders you will meet in our feature story. Good Shepherd never ever closes, and is an integral part of our lives in the Barrington area. Plan to join the hospital’s upcoming Community Open House on May 14 and see for yourself.

We set out to build this issue to showcase the many arts and cultural goings-on and opportunities in the Barrington area. It’s no surprise that this has become our largest issue yet, which says a lot about our cultural values and how much we offer each other. It’s been a wonderful experience for me to be a member of the Village of Barrington’s Cultural Commission since it was founded many years ago. Below, meet some of the many volunteers who serve all year long on this wonderful endeavor.

Enjoy our May/June issue, and I’ll see you around town.

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