Whether it's music, live theater or a stroll through a museum, the North Shore provide the ticket to entertainment pleasure.
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Music on the North Shore does not fade away like a summer rose. Four symphony orchestras keep things humming throughout their performing seasons. The Lake Forest Symphony is a professional orchestra that presents five concert pairs in its Classical Series from September through May. Northbrook Symphony Orchestra kicks off its five concert 33rd anniversary season Sept. 30. Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra is a 65-piece community orchestra founded in 1962 that presents four to five concerts a year. Also performing in Skokie is the Ars Viva! Symphony Orchestra, which will give five Sunday afternoon concerts in its 2012-13 season.
Not all musical offerings are "high brow." Jazz, blues and rock enthusiasts have a number of options. SPACE (Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture in Evanston) is a destination music venue created by musicians for musicians — and the audience.
Theater is alive and well with several acting companies taking up residence here. Northlight Theatre performs at least five productions each year from September through June. Piven Theatre Workshop is celebrating its 40th anniversary year of providing training to children and adults and mounting professional plays.
Piccolo Theatre is housed in an intimate 50-seat space located inside a renovated area of the Main Street Metra station in Evanston. CenterStage, Lake Forest's community theater, does three shows per season. Writer's Theatre in Glencoe performs as many as five productions each season touching on both classic and contemporary works.
Art appreciation is the ticket at The Art Center Highland Park. Three galleries at the center offer monthly exhibits of contemporary and visual art showcasing artists from Chicagoland and around the world. Since its founding in1960, it has offered classes, workshops and special events.
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is located on the campus at Northwestern University, itself a hub of cultural activity. This fine arts museum with four galleries has a diverse permanent collection and is host to several exhibitions a year.
Several venues showcase multiple artistic endeavors. Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts is a two-theater complex with three resident companies Centre East, Northlight Theatre and Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. Noyes Cultural Arts Center features a full stage, seating for 190 people and two galleries. It is home to Piven Theatre, Art Encounter, Actors Gymnasium, Light Opera Works and Next Theatre Company.
For those who aspire to dance, North Shore School of Dance trains dancers in several dance forms, presenting them in various showcases and dance companies.