Plein Air Concert Series: in our courtyard!

Plein Air Concert Series: in our courtyard!

Strictly limited seating for your safety ~ Table of 4 only ~ Includes a bottle of Rosé de Provence

Tuesday, September 15 at 5:00 p.m.
54 W Chicago Avenue

Can’t go to the symphony? Come to the Alliance!

You have missed going to Ravinia and Grant Park to listen to them, and they have missed playing for you just as much. Here’s your chance to hear music again in person and en plein air!


Think of it as your private concert...  with strictly limited seating to ensure safe social distancing for all of our guests at the Alliance. We can only take reservations by the 4-seat table but expect a bottle of Rosé de Provence waiting for you with 4 glasses and 4 individual portions of roasted almonds upon arrival.

What better way to start the evening?

Our first concert features Liba Shacht, Lyric Opera violinist; Lawrence Neumann, CSO violist, and John Sharp, CSO’s principal cello – performing Ludwig van Beethoven Serenade in D major for String Trio, opus 8.

Beethoven’s music, turbulent, emotional, and individualistic, reflects the spirit of the French Revolution of which he was an early admirer. He originally dedicated his Sinfonia Eroica to Napoleon, citing the at-the-time Consul as a hero and an inspiration. But once Napoleon declared himself emperor, Beethoven became disillusioned and removed the dedication. Mais oui!

Doors open at 5:00 p.m., the concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. and there will be no intermission. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved into our spacious salon. Please see our COVID-19 guidelines at the bottom of the page.


Liba Shacht was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she began her musical studies at age five. Shortly thereafter, her family emigrated to Israel. The recipient of an Artist Diploma with distinction from Tel Aviv University, Ms. Shacht appeared as soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Broadcasting Symphony, the Israeli Sinfonietta, and in chamber orchestras and recitals throughout Israel. She represented Israel at the Jeunesses Musicales World Congress in Korea, Japan, and England, where she performed chamber music at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ms. Shacht was awarded a special Fellowship by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation to study with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York. She earned a master's degree and a doctorate from Juilliard. Ms. Shacht is the winner of several competitions, among them the Artist International Distinguished Artists Award, which led to her first appearance at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. She is now a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as principal second violin of the Grant Park Symphony. 

Lawrence Neuman has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1991. Before coming to Chicago, he was violist with the Miami String Quartet. A founding member of the Lincoln String Quartet, comprising 4 members of the Chicago Symphony, Mr Neuman is heard frequently in chamber music throughout the Chicago area and has performed in chamber ensembles across the United State, in Europe, and in South America - including collaborations with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, Lydia Artymiw, Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman, and Simone Lamsma.

During the 1998-99 season, Neuman took a leave of absence from the CSO to serve as principal viola of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Lawrence Neuman teaches viola and coaches chamber music at Roosevelt University.

John Sharp was born in Texas, and studied the cello with Lev Aronson and later with Lynn Harrell at the Juilliard School, where he earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and later served as principal cello of the Cincinnati Symphony. He has given master classes throughout the United States and in Europe. At age 27, John Sharp became one of the youngest principal players in the history of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Praised as “an absolutely superb cellist” by the Chicago Tribune, John Sharp is the principal cellist of the CSO and a top prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition.



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As members of the Alliance Française de Chicago community, it is vital that we work together to help protect our community’s health and safety. This is particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are asking every person in our building to commit to the Alliance Française de Chicago Health Pact to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For the sake of myself and fellow community members, I agree to uphold the Alliance Française de Chicago Health Pact. I will:

·Purchase my tickets in advance; no tickets will be available at the door. This allows us to control the number of attendees to maintain safe social distancing.

·Wear a face mask covering nose and mouth in the Alliance buildings or whenever other people are in  the immediate area.

·Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others whenever possible.

·Wash my hands frequently or use hand sanitizer (for example, before eating, after using the restroom, and after touching shared objects or surfaces).

·Check my health symptoms daily, and stay home if I don’t feel well or am experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

·Report promptly to if I have knowingly been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19.