FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cuneo Mansion and Gardens Kicks-Off Summer Concert Series
Concert Series Extended to Nine Performances this Summer Season
CHICAGO, June 9, 2011 — On June 15, Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens kicks off its second annual summer concert series on the Mansion’s beautiful outdoor grounds. This year the series includes nine concerts, up from three a year ago, and features a wide range of musical acts. All concerts will be held on the Statuary lawn of the Cuneo estate, located at 1350 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills.
“The three concerts that we had last summer were so successful that we thought we would try more concerts for this summer season,” said Kevin Ginty, general manager of Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. “We had nothing but great feedback from concert goers last year. Many commented on how it was a nice alternative to Ravinia, and with that, we had no choice but to expand on the number of concerts this year! The best thing about Cuneo’s summer concert series is that it is an affordable family outing, and this season brings such a range of music to the local community than ever before!”
Admission is $10 per adult and free for children under 12-years–old and tickets can be purchased the day/night of the concert. For Wednesday evening concerts, gates open at 6 p.m., and concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are advised to bring their own blankets and chairs to sit on the lawn. Bauer’s Catering will be on-site offering fine foods and beverages for purchase at each concert. For concert inquiries, please call the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens at 847.362.3042. More information on the bands scheduled to perform is listed below:
The Neverly Brothers
Wednesday, June 15, and Wednesday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m.
- The Neverly Brothers are not your typical cover band. This group of performers rocks to hits made popular during the 50’srockabilly and the early 60’s British invasion. Attendees can dance the night away while listening to hits from bands like the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones.
International Music Concert featuring bands Rio Bamba and Guitarra Azul
Sunday, June 19, from 1–4 p.m.
- Rio Bamba is a Chicago-based band that blends Brazilian styling with jazzy beats. The catchy, rhythmic moves of Brazil mesh perfectly with the bravado and tempos of jazz creating a dynamic multi-cultural sound. The performers of Rio Bamba sing their songs both in English and in Portuguese.
- Guitarra Azul is a group that compiles Latin, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern styles to form a band that sounds similar Flamenco. This Chicago-based band has a unique sound that will engage audience members throughout their performance.
Wednesday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m.
- Take a trip back to the British music invasion with the band Britbeat, a Beatles tribute band. Britbeat not only plays the unforgettable hits of The Beatles, but they also dress the part, donning retro costumes and mop tops while playing vintage instruments.
Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.
- Come and enjoy one of the most accurate representations of the world-renowned band ABBA. Audiences will be impressed by the entire production, as the band’s sound is on point with the ABBA original.
Steve Richards is Neil Diamond
Wednesday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m.
- Neil Diamond’s unique singing voice and style is not one easily emulated. However, Steve Richards does an impeccable job covering some of Diamond’s most memorable hits in this performance.
Wednesday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m.
- Diva performs fun covers from some of the most famous divas of all time. You will be laughing and singing along to songs from all of your favorite pop divas from the last several decades.
Dakota Horvath Sings Sinatra
Wednesday, August 24, at 6:30 p.m.
- Dakota Horvath has had a passion for singing since he was a child, which is why his Sinatra impressions are so spot on. This young performer carries a voice that emulates the smooths sounds of late, great Frank Sinatra.
Wednesday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m.
- Piano Man is the ultimate tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel. Lead singer Mike Sigman does the duo justice with his uncanny ability to mimic the voices of these superstars. Enjoy hearing some of your favorite songs and if you close your eyes you’ll swear it’s the real deal!
About the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Construction on the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens began in 1908 and stopped during World War. It was completed in 1918 as the home of Samuel Insull, the creator of Commonwealth Edison and a leading businessman of the 1920s, and designed by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall in the Italianate style. Its gardens and landscaping were designed by world-renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. In 1937, John Cuneo Sr. bought the home. He and his wife, Julia, had two children, John Jr. and Consuela, whom they raised on the estate. John Sr. owned and operated Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy, the National Tea Company, and the Cuneo Press. The mansion, which opened to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in 1991, houses the Cuneo family collection of fine antiques, paintings by world-famous artists, tapestries, sculptures, silver, and porcelain.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.