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Spotlight on Arts: May & June

May 03, 2017 10:22AM ● By Neighbors Magazines
The Four C Notes appear Saturday on the Central Stage

Swedish Days music snapshot               Tues., June 20                                             1pm—Courthouse Lawn—Austin Chione   8pm—Central Stage—Boy Band Night

Wed., June 21                                           1pm—Courthouse Lawn—Dennis O’Brien 5:30pm—Central Stage— Swedish American Children’s Choir                                     6:30pm—Central Stage—Geneva’s Got Talent Semi-Finals                                                 8pm—Central Stage—Rosie & The Rivets

Thurs., June 22                                                                                                                  1pm—Courthouse Lawn—Lindsey O’Brien                                                                            8pm—Central Stage—1976

Fri., June 23                                                                                                                        4pm—Central Stage—School of Rock House Band                                                              6:30pm—Central Stage—South Shore Drill Team                                                            8pm—Central Stage—The Breakfast Club

Sat., June 24                                                                                                                     1pm—Courthouse Lawn—The Thompson Duo                                                                   6pm—Central Stage—Geneva’s Got Talent Finals                                                               8pm—Central Stage—The Four C Notes

Swedish Days Entertainment is presented by Gerald Auto Group and sponsored by Inland Bank, Geneva Park District, Kane County Chronicle and Geneva Chamber of Commerce.

The Orion Ensemble performs in Geneva May 21. From left, violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, pianist Diana Schmück, cellist Judy Stone and clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle. Photo: Comelia Babbit.

Orion concludes season with “Wit and Passion” of Francaix and Brahms           The Orion Ensemble, winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America/ ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, welcomes back guest violist Stephen Boe for a program of “Wit and Passion” featuring the work of Jean Francaix and Johannes Brahms to conclude is 24th season. A performance will take place Sun., May 21 at 7pm at First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South St. Performances will also be held May 24 at the PianoForte Studios in downtown Chicago (joined by a quintet from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras) and May 28 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. Single tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. For tickets or more information, call 630-628-9591 or visit

The River Rhapsody Concert Series starts June 14                                                       In the summer of 2017, a cultural arts concert series will emerge at the Batavia Riverwalk. Concerts will be featured during the months of June, July and August. The series will feature a variety of lively, eclectic musical acts showcasing a diverse range of tunes. Concert dates are June 14, 21 and 28, July 5, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2. The River Rhapsody Concert Series is presented by the Batavia Park District and the Batavia Rotary Club.

See Dear John, A Tribute to John Lennon at the Arcada May 12                             Young Hines has been performing the music of John Lennon in Beatle tribute bands for just over 20 years across the globe. For the first time, Young is now bringing audiences his own personal take on a John Lennon solo performance. Dear John will be held at 8:30pm Fri., May 12 at the Club Arcada Speakeasy & Showroom. Tickets are $25 and food and drinks will be served throughout the show. The Arcada Theatre is located at 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. 630-962-7000,

St. Charles Singers to celebrate American Music June 3–4                                         The St. Charles Singers, conducted by Jeffrey Hunt, will cap off its 33rd concert season with performances June 3–4 featuring the American music program that the professional chamber choir will tour in England later in the month.

Concertgoers can bask in the choir’s “American Reflections” program at 7:30pm on Sat., June 3, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles, and at 3pm on Sun., June 4, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest.

Concert tickets and general information about the St. Charles Singers are available at or by calling 630-513-5272. Tickets are also available at Townhouse Books, 105 N. Second Ave., St. Charles (checks or cash only at this ticket venue). Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert, depending on availability. Group discounts are available.

Naper Nights Community Concerts return in June.

Naper Settlement announces 2017 lineup for Naper Nights                                           Naper Nights Community Concert Series will kick off this summer with another exciting line-up covering the best in rock and roll history. Naper Settlement invites visitors to relax under the stars while enjoying some cold drinks, delicious food and amazing music with family and friends. The concert series will take place from 5–10pm Friday and Saturday nights on June 16–17, July 21–22 and Aug. 18–19 at Naper Settlement located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Tickets are available now. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 4–12. Admission is free for members and children under 4. No outside food or beverages are permitted. For more information, visit

From left, back row: Kevin Moriarity (Waterline founder), Julie Brandon, Ray Ziemer, Laura Knapp, Anne Veague (Waterline founder); seated: Gint Aras, Donna Coombs. 

Waterline Writers hold live lit event May 21 Waterline Writers is a monthly event for writers and those who love the written word. Each event is a unique opportunity to hear diverse, talented writers reading original published and not-yet-published work. If you are a writer, it’s the place to share your very best with an enthusiastic audience in the main art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. Batavia. Waterline Writers meet on third Sundays (September–May) at 7pm. The final show for the 2016–2017 season will be on May 21.

 Barbra & Frank: The Concert That Never Was…Sun., June 11 at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre                                                                                                             Two of the biggest voices in music history never had the opportunity to perform together, live in concert. But  Sun., June 11 at 3pm is your one chance to experience what it would have been like to see Ol’ Blue Eyes and Babs share the stage, when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, presents Barbra & Frank: The Concert That Never Was...

Tickets are $35. To purchase, visit, call the box office at 630-896- 6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre box office, 10am–6pm, Monday through Saturday.

The two performers paying tribute to these legends—Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo—sound like Frank and Barbra, look like Frank and Barbra, and man, will they blow your mind. They’ll cover everything from “Don’t Rain on My Parade” to “The Way You Look Tonight” and so many more of those classic tunes in this glamorous, heart-warming and spectacular show.

Shemekia Copeland appears at Blues on the Fox in June. Photo: Suzanne Foschino.

Major concerts are coming to Aurora’s RiverEdge Park this summer                     The 2017 outdoor summer concert and event lineup at downtown Aurora’s RiverEdge Park have been announced! Highlighting the lineup are the artists performing at Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival, June 16 and 17: Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman Band and the Guy King Band.

Other major acts performing at downtown Aurora’s popular outdoor summer concert venue are the Grateful Dead concert experience Dark Star Orchestra (June 24), classic rock’s Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton (July 20), hot artists of today like Kesha and the Creepies (July 21) and the Led Zeppelin tribute spectacular Get the Led Out (Aug. 25). 

Online ticket sales for all shows are available at You can also purchase tickets by calling the RiverEdge box office at 630-896-6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10am–6pm, Monday–Saturday.