Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions ranging from classical concerts to the debut Wines & Finds, plus the publication of a book in which Sherlock Holmes tries to unlock Bible mysteries, and an event at which an artist paints to musicians' performances.
SYMPHONY ON A 'LARK'
WHERE: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5
COST & INFO: $18 to $68, and $10 for students; 847-888-4000, www.elginsymphony.org
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will feature concertmaster Isabella Lippi in Vaughan Williams’ "The Lark Ascending," plus music by Mussorgsky and Shostakovich. Lippi, who has been called "a standout, even among virtuosos," began performing in public at the age of 10, when she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Guest conductor will be music director finalist Andrew Grams. The new music director will be announced in June after a two-year, international search.
SHERLOCK MEETS BIBLE
WHERE: Available through Thomas Nelson Publishers
WHEN: May 7 release
COST & INFO: $15.99, www.thomasnelson.com (search "Sherlock")
Embark on a journey through the Old and New Testament with Holmes and Watson as they search out clues to 10 Bible mysteries in "Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye." Author Len Bailey of Wheaton, a professional voiceover actor and bagpipe player, aims to revolutionize the Bible study genre by turning the super sleuth's attention to the Scriptures. He says familiar Bible stories, under close scrutiny, give up their hidden clues and long-kept secrets.
'CRITICAL MASS' OF MUSIC
WHERE: Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin
WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5
COST & INFO: $25, $20 for senior citizens and $14 for students; tickets in advance or at the door; 847-622-0300, tickets.elgin.edu; www.eyso.org, 847-841-7700
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra's 85-member Philharmonia will be led in "Critical Mass(es)" by guest conductor Kei Harada, following a week-long residency. The EYSO, which regularly gives students the opportunity to work with renowned musicians and conductors, will hold its 2013-14 season auditions May 30 to June 2. Its ensembles include 350 students from 55 communities. Harada is music director for Phoenix Youth Symphony, an organization internationally recognized as one of the premier youth orchestras in the United States. Other EYSO groups will perform concerts at 2 and 7:30 p.m. that day to close the season.
PAINTING LIVE CONCERT
WHERE: Gallery 200, 200 Main St., West Chicago
WHEN: Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3; gallery open Thursday to Sunday
COST & INFO: Free; 630-293-9550, www.gallery200.org
Artist Lewis Achenbach of Wheaton captures live free jazz performances in an improvisational style he calls “documentary painting.” He'll demonstrate it with La Sirenuse musicians Kelsey Schmidt, Rachel Schuldt and Kate Reeder. The charcoal and acrylic paintings titled “Prestissimo, Preciosismo” will be shown May 2 to 31. Whenever he documents a live performance, he photographs the painting for Facebook before leaving the venue. “I want people to know what it’s like to be in Chicago at midnight,” says Achenbach, who next will be part of events at the gallery May 18 and 31.
WINES & FINDS
WHERE: Starting at Cabernet & Co., 434 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4
COST & INFO: $30 in advance, $35 at the door; 630-469-5000, www.downtownglenellyn.com
Downtown Glen Ellyn blends shopping and wine tasting ahead of Mother's Day with the debut Wines & Finds, brimming with treats at 15 boutiques and businesses. Only 150 tickets will be sold. Optional are a brunch at Bistro Monet, with reservations required, while after the event, Tap House Grill celebrates the opening of its patio with a Kentucky Derby race party. Ticket holders can enjoy two grilled items for the price of one.