For the first time ever, the family that founded John B. Sanfilippo and Sons, Inc., the parent company of Fisher Nuts, is opening the doors of their Barrington Hills estate for a special series of summer concerts. Tickets are still available through the family’s private foundation website.
There are three more concerts scheduled at the Sanfilippo Estate, also known as “Place de la Musique“, this summer. The musicians will perform in one of the family’s living rooms which doubles as a home theater like you’ve never seen before.
Tickets to each performance are $65 each and, before each show, you’re invited to tour the Sanfilippo family’s magnificent collection of beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and gambling machines, chandeliers and art glass. If you haven’t visited this estate before, you will be blown away by the sheer number of pieces that would make museum curators swoon.
Live music will fill the Sanfilippo theater this Thursday, July 22nd. Jazz singer Typhanie Monique will take the family’s Music Room stage. She will present an evening of jazz standards honoring the great composers of Broadway like Richard Rodgers, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and she’ll also sing some contemporary pieces. JazzTimes Magazine describes Monique’s vocal sounds as “a modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Typhanie has performed at famous jazz clubs and major music festivals throughout the world. It’s the Sanfilippo’s sultry version of an old-time jazz club in the intimate Music Theater at the Place de la Musique.
I watched Typhanie perform at a party several years ago. She has a great energy and her vocals were a huge hit. For a sample of her smooth sound, check out this video.
On Thursday, August 19th, pianist, Richard Glazier will be Sanfilippo’s featured performer. Glazier will be performing the songs of George and Ira Gershwin laced with personal stories about the time he visited with Ira Gershwin at Gershwin’s home when Glazier was 12-years-old.
From their days in Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, to Carnegie Hall and the final years in Hollywood, the Gershwins were popular music royalty. They’re a golden age songwriting team that created some of our most memorable and beloved music. Richard Glazier is a great storyteller whose charming, insightful narration is the perfect accompaniment to his brilliant piano performances. Glazier plays rare arrangements of the great Gershwin songs and the complete solo piano version of “Rhapsody in Blue”. Be prepared for an evening of favorite classics performed beautifully.
To get a feel for Richard Glazier’s music, here’s a video of his rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
The last concert in the series will be a “Chamber Blues” performance by composer and harmonica virtuoso Corky Siegel on Thursday, September 16th. Any kind of Blues is my kind of music and I’m so excited for this concert.
It’s a little bit Blues and a little bit classical. Walking the line between Beethoven and B.B. King and armed with the creative genius and instrumental prowess that have defined his career for nearly four decades, Seigel has pioneered an original, genre-busting Chamber Blues. It’a a fresh, innovative sound capturing the sparkling qualities of classical music merged with the emotional melodic style of blues, all within an intimate chamber setting. The Sanfilippo’s home theater has amazing acoustics so it’ll be a special treat to see this group perform on their stage.
For a little taste of some of Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, check out this video of one of Corky’s Harmonica & Violin jams.
The tickets for all shows are $65 each, the doors open at 6:30 for the tour and the 75-minute concerts start at 8PM. There’s a special price of $180 if you want to purchase tickets to all three concerts, but you have to buy that series package online by this Wednesday, July 21st. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the concert page on their Sanfilippo Foundation website at PlacedelaMusique.com.