Maestro Andrew Grams, the conductor of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, put on a performance of his own at Barrington’s White House, with the Chamber Music on the Fox Ensemble, which proved to be the icing on the cake of a full and glorious spring season. The event was outstanding all the way around and was accompanied by a wine tasting of selections made by Grams himself. Grams concluded, “For my first chamber music performance in many years, I am very happy it happened at the Barrington White House because of its warm acoustics and the warmth of its community.”
The first half of the program was a string quartet, with four movements of Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major as well as Opus 59. The second half of the program was a sextet with four movements of Brahams, Sextet in B-flat Major and Opus 18. The crowd burst into a standing ovation at the end.
A wine tasting followed the event and the wines were chosen by Grams himself, inspired by his performance travels. Patrons gathered on the first floor parlor room, fireplace room, library, dining room and flowed through to the catering kitchen. People enjoyed the framed historic plats, documents and photos showing Barrington’s development from the mid-1800’s through the early 1900’s.
Barrington’s White House is a unique event venue for weddings and private events also featuring cultural performances such as Maestro Grams performance with the Chamber Music on the Fox Ensemble. Information regarding the upcoming fall season at Barrington’s White House will be available on their website in early August.
The photography was created by Christina Pawlak.