• Upcoming Events

    Concerts, lectures and special occasions
  • Our Next Concert

    September 24, 2017
  • Getting Here

    Sheely Center for the Performing Arts

    Support Your Symphony

Upcoming Events and Announcements

NSO's 2017-18 Season ~ Subscriptions Now on Sale!
Concert 1
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 4 pm
Isabella and Joshua Brown, violins

Concert 2
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4 pm

Concert 3
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 4 pm
Michael Hoover, flute
Soloist: TBA

Concert 4
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 4 pm
Dmitri Pogorelov, violin

Concert 5
A Tale of Two Composers
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4 pm
George Vatchnadze, piano

NEW! 6 Concert Subscription includes a main floor ticket to the Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 2. Call the NSO office at 847-272-0755 for details.

Ask about our new 6 Concert Series Subscription, which includes a ticket to the Holiday Concert on Sat., Dec. 2 at 7 pm.

2017-18 Concert Season

Special Opening Concert Offer: Bring Your Grandkids Free!
Concert 1
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 4 pm
Isabella and Joshua Brown, violins

A festive, family-friendly, “Bring Your Grandkids Free” event, featuring a colorful potpourri of works by Debussy, Grainger, Smetana, Glazunov and Sarasate, and Ravel’s beloved Mother Goose Suite. The superb brother/sister violin duo of Isabella and Johsua Brown will perform Sarasate’s enchanting Navarra followed by the premiere of a new work by NSO Composer Fellow Jim Kendros.

Call the NSO office at 874-272-0755 for tickets and more information.

Support the Arts in Your Community by Donating to the NSO

As you may know, ticket sales only make up a portion of our revenue and funding for the arts has recently been cut, leaving many arts organizations to depend more than ever on the generosity of our patrons. Your donations are greatly appreciated and assist us in bringing you exciting orchestral music throughout the season.

Our music director, Lawrence Rapchak, has a stellar new season in store for us which will highlight both familiar and beloved classical pieces as well as exciting lesser-known and new pieces that are sure to become new favorites. Our soloists feature young rising stars and seasoned performers.

Please call the NSO office at 847-272-0755 for more information about how you can help support the arts in your community by making a donation to the NSO.

Getting Here

  • Location
    At the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road (north of Willow Road), Northbrook.
  • Parking
    Free parking is available in several lots adjoining the auditorium on the south side of Glenbrook North High School. Enter on Sherman Drive, at the traffic light. Additional free parking is available in the lot on the north side of Glenbrook North High School and at Maple School, just south of the auditorium.
  • Arrival
    For the pre-concert lecture, please arrive around 2:15 p.m. for the lecture at 2:30 p.m. For the concert, please arrive at 3:30 p.m. for the concert at 4 p.m. Allow extra time if you need to pick up or purchase tickets.

Ticket Information


Questions? Please see our Tickets page or contact us at the NSO office: 847.272.0755. When you click on any of the “Buy Tickets Now!” icons, you will be directed to the Vendini service for buying single (non-subscription) tickets.

Ticket Info

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No matter the amount, all donations are gratefully received. Donations accumulating to $100 or more will be acknowledged in our concert program books. You may also choose to remain anonymous.

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Larry Rapchak

Music Director Lawrence Rapchak

Lawrence Rapchak has served as Music Director of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra since 2001, where he has presented numerous first Chicago area performances, including the Symphony No. 2 and Michelangelo Suite of Shostakovich, the Irish Rhapsody No. 4 of Stanford, the Hummel Piano Concerto in B Minor, the Panathenaenzug of Richard Strauss, Fredrick Delius’s Appalachia (with the Roosevelt University Chorus), Moritz Moskowski’s Piano Concerto, and the U.S. premiere of Othmar Schoeck’s Sommernacht.

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Jim Kendros

Jim Kendros

Pre-Concert Lecturer and Composer Fellow Jim Kendros

Free (to all same-day concert ticket holders) pre-concert lectures start at 2:30 p.m. prior to each concert

Jim Kendros, often referred to as "The North Shore's Favorite Music Historian," has been the Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra since 1995. Jim also serves as the Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Lake Forest Symphony, and is often a featured speaker with the Elgin Symphony and Music of the Baroque.

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Larry conducting 5 "[Rapchak's] innovative programming remains a marvel!"

"No one is doing what Larry Rapchak does with his Northbrook Symphony Orchestra."

- Dorothy Andries, Pioneer Press

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra: The North Shore’s Most Exciting Orchestra

The video depicts some of the outreach initiatives by The Northbrook Symphony and our creative programming that incorporates the historical and cultural signficance of the music, all from the stage by our Music Director and Conductor, Maestro Lawrence Rapchak.