Events at the Byron Colby Barn
The beautifully restored  Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake hosts concerts and events to foster lifelong learning and a sense of community.


Incredible performances and architectural beauty combine to create a unique experience. Bring a bottle of wine to share with friends if you wish.


Join us at the following events!

15th Annual Early Music Series
Expand your horizons and experience all that your local community has to offer by taking advantage of the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.
Mark your calendars for all the upcoming 2016-2017 Early Music Series concerts, featuring highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods:      
  • Sun., Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. - Vox 3 Collective
  • Sun., Mar. 19 at 4 p.m. - Chicago Recorder Quartet 
  • Sun., Apr. 2 at 4 p.m. - The Strangers (NEWLY ADDED)

Admission to individual Early Music Series concerts is $20 for adults, and is available at the door only (cash or check only). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free to Early Music Series concerts.

Visit the Early Music Series YouTube channel to preview the professionalism and intimacy that define the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, then join us at an upcoming performance. No photography, videography, or sound recording is allowed during performances but relax and enjoy these exquisite video clips from past performances.
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Vox 3 Collective - 4 p.m. Sun. Feb. 19

In celebration of their 10th anniversary season, VOX 3 Collective returns to Early Music at the Barn with a semi-staged production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's chamber opera Les Arts Florissants.  Art, Architecture, Poetry, and Music ally with Peace to chase Discord back to Hades in this sumptuous French baroque confection. The cast includes sopranos Mary Lutz-Govertsen (La Paix),  Laura Pinto (La Musique), and bass-baritone David Govertsen (La Discorde) with musical direction by harpsichordist Jason Moy.  Theater and ode music of Henry Purcell including selections from The Fairy Queen and Hail! Bright Cecilia round out VOX 3's 17th century fête.
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Joel Spears - Artistic Director of the Early Music Series
Joel Spears
Joel Spears is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn, and an active lutenist and guitarist based in the Chicago area.
Joel has performed both as a soloist and with ensembles of varying sizes such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Seraphic Fire, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce, Music of the Baroque, and The Chicago Early Music Consort.
Joel is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago. He is also proud to be the first theorbo teacher in the nation at the high school level at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.
Other Upcoming Events
Come see "At the Fork" - Monday, February 20!
Join us this Monday, February 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m. for the showing of At the Fork.

Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife, Lisa, go on a personal odyssey to ask tough questions about how animals are raised for our consumption.  This is a nuanced, meaningful, and intelligent conversation about the ethics of eating meat and dairy products.  Watch the trailer here.
Join us afterwards for a thought-provoking panel discussion with: Marc Ayers (Illinois State Director of the Humane Society of the U.S., which is a co-sponsor of the film), Cliff McConville (owner of All Grass Farms, a diversified pasture farm), and Mike Sands (founding executive director of the Liberty Prairie Foundation and owner of Bean Hollow Grassfed in Virginia).

The Barn has limited capacity so PLEASE register in advance to secure your seat. To learn more and register, click here.
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About the Byron Colby Barn


The beautifully restored Byron Colby Barn is named for the local dairy farmer who built it in 1885. Scheduled for demolition in 1992, this historic dairy barn was instead expertly deconstructed and rebuilt in Prairie Crossing, a nationally known conservation community.


The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located adjacent to the Barn. 


The Byron Colby Barn is owned and operated by the Liberty Prairie Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is used in support of our mission. The Barn's various uses are aligned with the Prairie Crossing guiding principles of life-long learning, a sense of community, and a sense of place.  

Winter Weddings at the Barn

Plan a warm reception for your winter wedding and save 20%!  Reserve the historic Byron Colby Barn for your wedding reception to take place between November 1st, 2016 - April 30th, 2017 and mention this newsletter to save 20% off the price of the space rental.

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1561 Jones Point Road
Grayslake, IL 60030