The Norris Fund for the Arts was created by the Dellora A. & Lester J. Norris Foundation to support their philanthropic objective.
Welcome to the 2019 Season of Music in the Gallery
Music in the Gallery returns for a fifth season with a lineup of stellar events, featuring a variety of acclaimed performers, covering several popular categories.
Please note the starting time of each event. We are offering events at three different times – 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. As in previous seasons, all events will be presented on Sundays.
Save when you buy online! Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the event are priced at $25 for adults and $20 for students (to age 16). Save $5 on each ticket that you purchase online before the event! Visit our website,, for links to online ticketing and for more information.
Fox Valley Lyrical Productions – Voices from Around the World
February 24 – 3:00 p.m.
Fox Valley Lyrical Productions presents “Voices from Around the World,” performed by an accomplished group of international soloists. Canadian soprano Solange Sior and Italian tenor Franco Martorana thrilled our audience last season in a duo recital – they are joined by Ukrainian soprano Tetyana Torzhevska, Korean tenor Simon Kyung Lee and pianist Chiayi Lee in a program featuring operatic excerpts, musical theater favorites, standards, Italian songs, Viennese waltzes, popular music and folk songs from around the world.
ZAZZ Jazz Quintet
March 24 – 2:00 p.m.
ZAZZ, an alternative jazz quintet, returns to Music in the Gallery with an innovative performance of jazz standards and popular show tunes, as well as original songs and compositions.Suburban Chicago-based ZAZZ members are Deb Zelman, vocalist and clarinetist; Gail Sonkin, composer and pianist; Ken O’Neil, tenor saxophonist and flutist; Greg Zaborniak, drummer; and Julian Webb, bassist. Swing into Spring with the jazzy sounds of ZAZZ!
Julia Siciliano, pianist
April 14, 6:30 p.m.
Prizewinner at the 2019 Sicily International Piano Competition, Julia Siciliano is a musician with “fabulous creative power” (Bonn, Germany, General-Anzeiger). She performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. Julia’s Norris gallery program will include Ravel’s Noble and Sentimental Waltzes, selections by Basque composers José María Usandizaga and Don Pedro Albéniz, Logan Skelton’s Civil War Variations and an arrangement of Liszt’s Dante Sonata.
Kindra Scharich and Jeffrey LaDeur
May 12 – 6:30 p.m.
Mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “exuberant vitality,” “fearless technical precision,” “deep-rooted pathos” and “irrepressible musical splendor.” She has performed more than 150 songs in 10 languages and has sung more than 30 operatic roles in the lyric mezzo repertoire. For her Music in the Gallery recital, Ms. Scharich will perform songs by Beethoven and Schumann. Pianist Jeffrey LaDeur will accompany Ms. Scharich. LaDeur, who appears throughout the U.S. as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist, also will perform as a piano soloist in this concert.
Debra Ann Miller Portrays Louisa May Alcott
May 26 – 3:00 p.m.
Debra Ann Miller, who has delighted us with her dramatic portrayals of Mary Todd Lincoln and Jane Austen, returns to present a memorable portrayal of Louisa May Alcott. Poet and author, abolitionist and nurse, patriot and suffragist, Louisa May Alcott was so much more than the author of Little Women. In an hour-long encounter, you will learn of Louisa’s hopes, heartbreaks and experiences from which she drew inspiration for novels, stories and poems. Drawing from the author’s letters and journals, Debra Ann Miller allows Louisa to speak to us in her own words. Following the performance, Ms. Miller will take questions from the audience.
Fox Valley Concert Band
March 3, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
May 5, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
The Norris welcomes the Fox Valley Concert Band for another season of performances in our theater by the area’s leading wind ensemble. The March 3 concert is entitled, “American Scenes,” and the May 5 performance is themed, “Reconnected.” Admission is free to all Fox Valley Concert Band performances, but donations are gratefully accepted. Visitfor more information.
Art in the Gallery
The Norris Gallery is proud to host some of the Chicago area’s best visual art exhibits. Representing the work of top area artists, Norris Gallery exhibits are known for both quality and variety. Admission and parking are always free. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 23 – April 14
Plan to visit our popular annual Spring exhibit, “Watercolor,” featuring original watercolor works. Awards for this professionally juried exhibit will be presented at a free reception, open to the public, on March 17, 2 to 4 p.m.
General admission tickets for all gallery and theater performances are priced at $18 for adults and $12 for students.
Visit www.norrisculturalarts.com for more information on each event and links to our online ticketing system. Or you may purchase tickets by calling The Norris box office at 630-584-7200 or in person during the hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.