Daily Herald: Childhood letter inspired symphony’s holiday concert

Daily Herald - Nov. 22 Music heralds the holiday season, and the Northbrook Symphony is presenting two performances on Dec. 4 saluting Christmas and Hanukkah in the divinely resonant chapel at Techny Towers. The orchestra's conductor Larry Rapchak has a rare gift prepared for the community — the Northbrook Symphony will present the ... Read More

Northbrook’s Orchestra Rings in Holiday Season in Techny Chapel’s Splendor

by Irv Leavitt "When the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra audience was asked Sunday afternoon to turn off cell phones ..."  Read more... Read More

Northbrook Symphony Plays Spohr

by music critic John von Rhein "Another suburban orchestra that regulary explores neglected byways of the repertory ..."  Read more... Read More

Northbrook Symphony Plays Foerster

by music critic John von Rhein Incredible as it may seem, Sunday marked the North American premiere of Josef Bohuslav Foerster’s Symphony No. 4, a work written 110 years ago. The Czech composer has inexplicably slipped into obscurity outside his native land, and it took a heroic rescue mission by North-brook Symphony Orchestra music ... Read More

Conductor Rapchak Rescues Symphonic Rarity From Oblivion

Chicago Tribune – September 23, 2013 by music critic John von Rhein Left: The Northbrook Symphony, conducted by Lawrence Rapchak, performs at the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts in Northbrook. (Steve Weiss/Handout / September 24, 2013) Born in 1858, the Austrian composer studied organ with Anton Bruckner and was a ... Read More

Chicago Tribune on the Town

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra: Music director Lawrence Rapchak begins the NSO season with the second installment of his enterprising series "In Mahler's Shadow," a program including the Chicago-area premiere of Austrian Composer Hans Rott's Symphony in E major. Did Gustav Mahler crib portions of his First Symphony from his classmates's ... Read More

Rediscovering the Music of Mahler’s Contemporaries

Pioneer Press by music critic Dorothy Andries "But seriously folks, is it neccessary that we have another performance of the Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony?" Read More

NSO to present ‘In Mahler’s Shadow’

Northbrook Tower – May 1, 2013 In anticipation of the NSO's upcoming concert on Sunday, May 5, the Tower conducted a Q&A interview with NSO Music Director Lawrence Rapchak. Read More

Novel programming sets Northbrook Symphony apart from the pack

AboveL Lawrence Rapchak rehearses with the Northbrook Symphony in 2010 in Northbrook. (Photo by Larry Kane / September 25, 2012) But Rapchak, now in his 12th year as music director of the suburban professional orchestra, is only half kidding. Getting his audience as excited about the ensemble's music-making as he is about programming ... Read More

Musical treat from Northbrook

Pioneer Press – Aug. 16, 2012 by music critic Dorothy Andries "The Northbrook Symphony and the Northbrook Community Choir have some big winter holiday plans afoot." Read More