Venues - Music and Architecture

Since its inception in 1980, the Camerata Singers of Lake Forest have been interested in combining fine choral music with the splendid homes of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area. Camerata audiences have enjoyed listening to beautiful music in distinctive homes designed by such master architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, David Adler, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Benjamin Marshall, Holabird and Root, Harrie Thomas Lindeberg, Arthur Heun, and Delano and Aldrich. Each unique venue and singular concert offers an experience not soon forgotten.

A few of the sites will be featured below. If you click on the "Older Homes" button at the left, you will be taken to a page that provides a brief history and photos of all of our older home sites (at least 50 years old). If you click on the "Other Sites" button at the left, you will be taken to a page that information and photos of all of the public buildings, private buildings and houses of worship that have served as sites for Camerata concerts.

Several of our programs have been given in homes designed by David Adler (1882-1949), one of the most important architects designing homes and estates in the United States during a period known as that of the "great American house." His works, which date from 1911 to 1949, dot the North Shore of Lake Michigan like so many jewels. The next image is one such Adler home in which Camerata Singers have performed.


The Cuneo Museum and Gardens in Vernon Hills was designed in 1914 by architect Benjamin Marshall for Samuel Insull, Founder of the Commonwealth Edison Company and partner of Thomas Edison.The 75-acre estate is adorned with lakes, fountains, antique classical statuary and a conservatory.

  The Great Hall of Cuneo was built in the style of a Northern Italian Renaissance open-air courtyard. It's 40 foot ceiling, arcaded balconies, old master paintings, 17th century tapestries and grand staircase provided a splendid setting for Camerata Singers 1998 program of Italian Opera excerpts, "Viva Italia!"  
  Another home by Benjamin Marshall was the venue for our 2003 Christmas Concert, "Portraits of the Nativity."  
Reminiscent of the luxury ocean liners of the 1920's, this great Georgian Revival home, named Lansdowne by the head of Rand McNally, was built in 1911.  
  The dining room of Lansdowne provided an elegant setting for one of our wine-and-appetizer receptions, a feature of each Camerata concert.
  The only house in Lake Forest designed by the master architect Frank Lloyd Wright is the Charles F. Glore House on Mayflower Road.  
Built in 1951 of brick and cypress, its inline plan includes a patio overlooking one of the area's wooded ravines. Fortunately for the Camerata Singers, the weather cooperated so that our guests could fully enjoy this view during the post-concert outdoor reception. The 1991 concert, "Maestros of the Prairie," featuring contemporary Illinois composers, was held in the two-story living room.