About the Festival
On three consecutive weekends in July and August, the Festival presents performances under the banner “Mozart…and More!”…Mozart and other composers. With intimate seating capacities, the halls of the Woodstock Opera House and the Place de la Musique render concerts reminiscent of the era of these masters as the listener enjoys the unique experience of feeling enveloped by the music. A superb orchestra, world class artists, air conditioned comfort, free parking and MORE (see below) make the Woodstock Mozart Festival a MUST for a special summer concert experience just 60 miles from Chicago.
Performing at vintage, historical locations, Festival guests can enjoy the beauty and charm of two beautiful jewel box concert halls. The first and third weekend’s concerts will take place in the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock, Illinois. During the middle week, guests will enjoy performances at the Sanfilippo Estate’s Place de la Musique in Barrington Hills.
Woodstock Opera House - The fully restored 1880’s Woodstock Opera House boasts a strong theatre history beginning with the first stage appearance of a teenage Orson Wells. A hot spot on the Summer Stock circuit, it was later visited by renowned upcoming actors: Paul Newman, Tom Bosley, Betsy Palmer, Geraldine Page, and Shelley Berman. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time through the authentic décor of the charming and intimate surroundings of this beautiful building. Artist and conductor pre-concert conversations are enjoyed in the sunny Community Room amidst works of local artists.
Place de la Musique - At the generous invitation of Jasper and Marion Sanfilippo, the Festival now performs its second weekend of concerts in their beautiful home, the Place de la Musique in Barrington Hills, Illinois. Home as well to their collection of fully restored antique music machines (the world’s largest), concert goers may tour the magnificent museum within the mansion’s opulent Grand Epoch and Arts Deco surroundings. Pre-concert tours are included in the price of concert tickets and begin one and one half hours before each performance. During these Open House Tours, Docents demonstrate many of the machines.