Experience the beauty of live music in a unique setting ...

Purchase your season ticket to the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn today! Tickets to individual performances are available at the door only.

The beautifully restored Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake is a wonderful setting for Early Music, as its acoustics resemble the historical settings for which the music was composed.

Incredible music and architectural beauty combine to create a delightful and unique experience at the Byron Colby Barn!


Byron Colby Barn


Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. on 11/12/17, 12/10/17, 1/14/18, 2/18/18, 3/4/18, 3/25/18.


Byron Colby Barn
1561 Jones Point Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

Near the intersection of Route 45 and Jones Point Road, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community.

Performance Policies

Seating. Performance seating is non-reserved. For your comfort, a limited number of chair pads are provided.

Arrival and Departure. Please arrive promptly to allow plenty of time to find a seat and enjoy the ambiance of the Byron Colby Barn. Late arrivals are disruptive to the performance. If early departure is necessary, please exit the door closest to the kitchen to minimize disruption.

Refreshments. Performances at the Byron Colby Barn are BYOB, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends. Refreshments are not available for purchase.

Cancellation. Season tickets to the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn are non-refundable. We appreciate your understanding.

Photography. No photography, videography, or sound recording is allowed.


Michelle Meno 
Liberty Prairie Foundation 
847-548-4062 ext. 25 
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Early Music Series 

The Byron Colby Barn offers concerts, lectures, and other events to foster lifelong learning and a sense of community. Come enjoy beautiful music in a unique and intimate setting!

Season tickets to all 6 performances in the Early Music Series can be purchased online for only $90 per person! Admission to each individual concert 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. 

Early Music Series Season Tickets are valid only for the Early Music concerts listed below. A variety of other performances and events may also be scheduled at the Byron Colby Barn. For information about ALL upcoming events at the Byron Colby Barn, visit the Event section at www.libertyprairie.org. To receive monthly event reminders, subscribe to the Byron Colby Barn email newsletter below or at www.libertyprairie.org.

Want to enjoy a glass of wine during the concert? Concerts at the Byron Colby Barn are always BYOB, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends. In the spirit of the Prairie Crossing conservation community where the Barn is located, please recycle your empty bottle. 

Searching for a thoughtful and unique gift? Music feeds the soul! Purchase a season ticket for yourself and a friend, and enjoy an entire season of beautiful live music together.

Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn

2017 - 2018 Season

Sunday, November 12 at 4 p.m. - Third Coast Baroque

Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. - Liber

Sunday, January 14 at 4 p.m. - Black Tulip

Sunday, February 18 at 4 p.m. - Thomas Meglioranza & David Breitman

Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. - Trevor Stephenson

Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. - The Czar's Guitars

Click here for more information about the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, or visit www.libertyprairie.org/earlymusic.

Joel Spears Joel Spears -

Director of the Early Music Series

Joel Spears is an active lutenist and guitarist based in the Chicago area. He has performed both as a soloist and with ensembles of varying sizes, as a founding member of the ensemble Black Tulip, and including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, New Comma Baroque, Seraphic Fire, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce, Music of the Baroque, The Chicago Early Music Consort, Scholars of Cambrai, and Heroic Bard.

In addition to playing for numerous live radio broadcasts on 98.7 WFMT, he has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall, the Bach Week in Evanston Festival, and the Handel Week Festival. Joel recently collaborated with composer Scott Gibbons on his soundtrack for the multimedia event "Les Noces Royales de Louis XIV" held at Versailles. As a lecturer and performer, he has appeared at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Madison Early Music Festival, and as Guest Artist and Lecturer at Grand Valley State University. Joel is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago and Artistic Director of the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, Illinois. He is also proud to be the first theorbo teacher in the nation at the high school level at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

* Please note that the Byron Colby Barn does not have a "cry room" to accommodate very young children who are not able to enjoy the performance quietly. We appreciate your consideration for other patrons.