Unity Temple of Oak Park, Ill., one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous designs, will be kicking off the 39th year of its successful concert series this October with the help of a new partner, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Adam Ross, the trust’s public relations manager, said the decision by the organization, which preserves Wright’s Oak Park home and studio along with his Robie House on the campus of the University of Chicago, was an easy one. “This is simply an opportunity to partner with a like organization, one with common goals,” said Ross. He expressed great interest in the series, saying it plays up “one portion of the site that doesn’t get enough attention,” which is its ability to be a great music venue.
This year’s concert series will feature artists—all with some connection to the Chicago area—from a wide array of genres, ranging from neo-soul to country to chamber music. “I like how it is a really diverse group,” Ross said. While he is excited for all the acts, he admits to being particularly enthused about the Ying String Quartet, who will perform on March 31, 2012. The series will begin with the Dee Alexander Quartet on Oct. 1 and run through April of next year. A full schedule of performers can be found online.
Subscriptions for both the entire and one-half of the series are already on sale and range from $75 to $100. Single tickets will go on sale Sept. 10. All proceeds from the series will go toward maintaining the temple—no funds will go back to the trust, Ross said. More information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust can be found at www.gowright.org/.