Barrington’s White House has opened its second season of arts, lectures, music and cultural enhancement for the community. Appearing on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the American String Quartet performed poignant and passionate works to mark the anniversary, honor fallen veterans and pay tribute to all who are serving our country in the military. The musical performance included carefully chosen works, interspersed with readings by poet Tom Sleigh, whose writings cover dozens of wars.
“We think we’ve put together an impressive lineup for our fall season,” said Rollin Potter, co-chair of Cultural Programming. “We have internally renowned performers playing right here in Barrington – events and performances you would normally have to travel downtown to Chicago to see.” Upcoming performances include the Lyric Opera Bass-Baritone Richard Ollarsaba, the Jazz Pizzaz Trio, a lecture and exhibit on America’s “Birdman” John James Audubon, “It’s a Wonderful Life” the radio play, and more. The full lineup of events may be seen here. “This is a fabulous venue in Barrington,” said Potter. “Performers consistently remark about the outstanding acoustics in the Ballroom of Barrington’s White House.”
Formally opened on July 4, 2015, the $6.8 million renovation of the 118-year-old home was fully funded from private donations. The meticulously restored 1898 mansion hosts cultural and community events, and is also available for weddings, corporate meetings, non-profit fundraisers and family celebrations. It also serves as home for three non-profit organizations.