2014–2015 Season

“True to its founding principles, the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra continues to provide its North Shore constituency with varied programs that are lively but serious, accessible but substantial, conservatively yet intelligently planned.”
—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

“Alan Heatherington has often taken the less-often-trod repertorial path in programming, one reason why his Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra remains one of the most attractive classical tickets in the region.”
—Lawrence Johnson, chicagoclassicalreview.com

“In his congenial opening remarks, the conductor made clear his love for Bruckner and the Sixth in particular, which was clear in Sunday’s majestic and eloquent performance.”
—Lawrence Johnson, chicagoclassicalreview.com

On Stage
with Maestro Alan Heatherington, David Taylor and Ilya Kaler

On Stage Dinner

Join us for our second annual ON STAGE dinner following the March 1st concert. We will gather in the lobby briefly after the concert and then re-enter the auditorium and proceed
On Stage
for an buffet dinner.

Enjoy a panel discussion with Maestro Heatherington and our spectacular violin soloists, David Taylor and Ilya Kaler!

$90.00/person; Seating is limited.
Reservations required — reply by February 13th with this mail-in form.

Music at Michael

We are pleased to announce the continuation of our Music at Michael lunches this season! We are hosting three of these lovely events Sundays at 1:00 p.m. during the 2014–2015 season. Join us for a Sunday afternoon of wonderful food and a private performance by our Ars Viva musicians at Restaurant Michael in Winnetka. Reserve a place at the final luncheon for this season right now.

Patsy Dash

Because of its popularity and limited seating, you will want to make your reservations for Music at Michael now!

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2014–2015 Season

Ars Viva! gives five Sunday afternoon concerts (3:00 p.m.) at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois with the programming for which Maestro Heatherington is famous.


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Sunday, September 28, 2014 • 3:00 p.m.

We are delighted to open the 2014-2015 season with our beloved and brilliant concertmaster David Taylor playing the seldom heard and colorful Symphonie Espanoale of Eduardo Lalo. The program gets off to a lively start with Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, the second in a trilogy celebrating “nature,” “life” and “love” (come back in May for “love”). Completing the program is the last of the great Brahms symphonies, sure to please every performer and listener.



Sunday, December 7, 2014 • 3:00 p.m.

It long has been our wish to have Israeli pianist Alon Goldstein as soloist with Ars Viva, and it could not be fulfilled more splendidly than with this Beethoven concerto, regarded by nearly all musicians as one of the greatest of all piano concerti. Toss in a dramatic overture and one of the most unjustly neglected of his symphonies, and this all-Beethoven concert will brighten the holiday season.

Concert 3: TAYLOR vs KALER

David Taylor and Ilya Kaler

Sunday, March 1, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.

There may not be a more engaging and accomplished first stand of violinists in the world than we have at Ars Viva. David Taylor and Ilya Kaler will duel their way through two delightful concerti — an occasion not to be missed. Add in the lush music of Grieg and Dvořák and this program will bring pure joy.

Concert 4: RISING STAR

Sunday, April 12, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.

Joshua Brown, winner of the 2015 MIC concerto competition

What a grand triple celebration: the sesquicentennial of Nielsen, the winner of the prestigious Ars Viva/Music Institute of Chicago Concerto Competition plays Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, in Maestro Heatherington’s opinion perhaps the most infectiously beautiful symphony ever written! Come and revel in these delights and leave feeling better about the beauty that surrounds us in this world.

Concert 5: FINALE

Alan Heatherington

Sunday, May 17, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.

The concert will feature Ilya Kaler playing the rarely heard Miklos Rozsa Violin Concerto. Opening the program will be Dvorak’s Othello and the final works on the program will be Brahms Symphony No. 1 with a programmed encore of Sibelius’ Finlandia. The concert will be followed by a reception in the lobby.

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Music for Life

Music for Life

Share your love of music with the children in your life. Learn about our Music for Life program…

The Ars Viva Dream Team of principal strings

Left to right: Gina DiBello, Maestro Heatherington, Steven Houser, Charles Pikler, David Taylor and Robert Kassinger

“It has been my privilege to spend many years conducting many superb musicians in many wonderful places. The extraordinary musicians of Ars Viva have been providing incomparable artistic rewards for nearly 20 years in addition to being an exceptionally wonderful group of people I am honored to call my friends.”
–Alan Heatherington

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Twice named professional “Orchestra of the Year” by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, Ars Viva is distinguished by performances of very high quality. Led by Music Director Alan Heatherington, Ars Viva is composed of many of the finest players in the Chicago area, including members of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1995, Ars Viva quickly took its place among the finest orchestras in metropolitan Chicago.