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Spotlight on Arts: March & April

Barefoot in the Park stars Steve Lord, Brooke McGehee, Jami Johnson, Tyler Kinser, John Frankenthal and Jim Knapp.

Acappellago concert at the Congregational Church of Batavia

Join Acappellago as they sing you a rainbow! Colors have inspired many a song, from “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” to “The Green Leaves of Summer” to “Blue Moon.” Acappellago will render the full spectrum in musical form, including folk, jazz and pop favorites and new compositions from one of its patron composers, former Chicagoan Robert Applebaum.

Acappellago, now in its 16th season, is the western suburbs’ leading volunteer a cappella chorus, and is known for its eclectic programming that spans classical music, jazz, pop, and gospel. Led by Music Director Dennis R. Smith, Acappellago will present music spanning the entire prism including premieres by ensemble members Victoria Linich of Batavia and Lorinda Guenther-Wright of Clarendon Hills.

Acappellago will perform on Sun., March 18, 4pm at the Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave. Tickets are $17 ($15 for students and seniors) and are available at or by phone at 708-484-3797.

Axiom Brass perform at Fermilab

The award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music. On Sun., March 11 at 2:30pm, Axiom Brass will perform Celestial Suite by Chicago area composer James Stephenson. The performance takes place in the Fermilab Art Gallery. Tickets are $18. For more information, visit

Immanuel-Batavia presents The Lion King, Jr.

Immanuel Lutheran School-Batavia presents Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. on Fri., Apr. 20 at 6:30pm and Sun., Apr. 22 at 2pm. Tickets for the performances are $2 each. This is a wonderful, wallet-friendly event for the whole family.

The Lion King, Jr. is based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Traymor and the animated feature film released in 1994. The production being presented by Immanuel has been adapted for students, but features classic songs from the 1994 film such as “HakunaMatata” and the Academy Award®-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production. Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is located at 950 Hart Rd., Batavia.

See Barefoot in the Park at Playhouse 38

The Geneva Park District’s Playhouse 38 Theater invites you to enjoy their production of Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park. Neil Simon’s play follows Paul, a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer, and Corie, his free-spirited wife. Chaos ensues as Paul attempts to get her to settle down, and Corie attempts to convince him to go with the flow.

Performances are March 1 at 7pm, March 2 at 7pm, March 3 at 7pm, and March 4 at 5pm. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance at, Sunset Community Center (710 Western Ave.), or Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center (3507 Kaneville Rd.). Tickets may also be purchased for $20 at the door. Playhouse 38 is located at 321 Stevens St., Suite P in Geneva. 630-232-4542,

The Gene Simmons Band comes to the Arcada

Gene Simmons is famous worldwide for his on and offstage antics as a member of KISS. Now out of makeup, Simmons is embarking on his first-ever solo tour with a red-hot backing band to perform some high-octane rock hits. The Gene Simmons Band will perform at the Arcada Thurs., May 3 at 7:30pm. The Arcada Theatre is located at 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. 630-962-7000,

The Orion Ensemble performs world premier

Founded in 1992, The Orion Ensemble features a roster of four superb musicians—Kathryne Pirtle (clarinet), Florentina Ramniceanu (violin), Diana Schmück (piano) and Judy Stone (cello)—who have performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as an ensemble and individually in solo, orchestral and other chamber music roles.

As a special tribute for its 25th anniversary, The Orion Ensemble performs a world premiere of Sebastian Huydts new work on the season’s third program, “Old Meets New,” featuring guest violist Stephen Boe on Sun., March 4 at 7pm, First Baptist Church of Geneva-Chapel Street Church, 2300 South St., Geneva

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra features cellist Thomas Mesa

The ESO is a world-class, professional orchestra providing outstanding music and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. Performances take place at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 & Shastakovich Symphony No. 22—Sat., March 3 at 7:30pm and Sun., March 4 at 2:30pm

Brahms Haydn Variations & Elgar Enigma Variations with Thomas Mesa, cello—Sat., March 24 at 7:30pm and Sun., March 25 at 2:30pm