Upcoming Events at The Sanfilippo Foundation

Events, News and Tour Opportunities

David Schrader

April 11 - Woodstock Mozart Festival Concert & Gala

Come on out and hear Classical Organist David Schrader on the Mighty Sanfilippo Wurlitzer. Tour the Collection in the Residence and visit the Carousel Pavilion for drinks, food, and the Carousel after the Concert. To obtain your invitation and Gala tickets, follow this link: Woodstock Mozart Festival Gala at Sanfilippo Estate information. This is a fund raising gala for the Mozart Festival, now in it's 29th year, and second year at the Sanfilippo Estate. Tickets are limited so purchase early.

The Gala event is separate from the Mozart Orchestra Concerts we are holding on August 1 & 2. Tickets for those two concerts are available on the Sanfilippo Foundation Website. The other four Woodstock Mozart Festival Concerts are held at the Woodstock Opera House and tickets can be obtained by clicking Woodstock Mozart Festival.

Angel Portraits

Angel Portraits - April 13 - 15

Beautiful Things with Wings - 2016 Calendar Portrait sessions at the Sanfilippo Estate.

Find out how your child can be featured in the 2016 Calendar and to schedule your time for one of these magical portrait sessions. Proceeds to benefit WINGS Program.

For more information and to schedule your appointment, contact Light Drawn Studios at 224-622-2800 or visit www.lightdrawnstudios.com.


April 18 - 9:30 am - Docent Guided Opportunity

The Signal Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are holding a fund raising Tour of the Sanfilippo Estate. This 3-hour Docent-Guided Tour includes the Collection in the Sanfilippo Residence and Carousel Pavilion, with demonstrations of many of the Automatic Music Instruments (we'll even open up some of the machines so you can see how they work), history of the Collection, some funny family stories, a mini-concert on the Wurltizer, and the Carousel, all making for an enlightening, fun visit.

Cost is only $40 per guest with proceeds going to the D.A.R. There will be a short D.A.R ceremony in the Carousel pavilion. For more information on the D.A.R and event, Click Here. Or send an email to: signalhillnsdar@gmail.com for reservations and more information. Saturday Docent-Guided Tours are rare, so take advantage of this opportunity to tour and assist the D.A.R.

Michael Joseph Foundation

April 25 - Michael Joseph Foundation Women's Luncheon & Fashion Show

Begin with touring the Collection in the Sanfilippo Residence at 11:00 am, followed at noon by a Spring Boutique, a plated luncheon, fashion show, and raffles in the Carousel Pavilion (yes, we'll turn the Carousel on, too!). Proceeds benefit the Michael Joseph Foundation which serves local children and families in need. Ladies, come in your gorgeous Spring outfits with your favorite hat, and peruse the fine Boutique of local merchants with fine jewelry, home goods, dresses, hats, and more.

Cost is $75 per person. For more information and tickets call: Ida Cardelli at 847-639-2334.

Jelani Eddington

April 26 - Joliet Area Theater Organ Enthusiasts Rialto Fest, at the Sanfilippo Estate.

This group of Organ Enthusiasts holds an annual Rialto Fest at the Rialto Theater in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday, April 25, and brings the organists to the Sanfilippo Estate on Sunday, April 26. We encourage you to attend either or both events. Tickets to either day can be obtained by clicking here. Featured Artists include Jelani Eddington, Pierre Fracalanza, Jerry Nagano, & Clark Wilson. Make it a full weekend of great Theater Organ music.

Dave Wickerham

May 2 & 3 - Special Price Concerts with Dave Wickerham

May 2 - Saturday evening concert with Organist Dave Wickerham on the Mighty Sanfilippo Wurlitzer. Doors open at 6:30 pm for touring the Collection in the Sanfilippo Residence; Concert begins at at 8 pm. Tickets are specially priced at only $35 each with a limit of 4 per household. These will go fast so purchase early, as tickets will NOT be available at the door; internet sales only. We encourage you to have dinner before or after the concert at Chessie's Restaurant in Barrington where they graciously provide a 20% discount off dinner before or after the concerts on May 2 & 3. Please contact Chessie's for reservations.

To Buy Tickets for Saturday May 2, 2015:

Number of Tickets - Limit of 4

IMPORTANT - Your ticket voucher will be emailed to you after March 24th for this concert. Please be patient. If your ticket order goes through on our website, you're confirmed for tickets, and you will receive a Paypal order receipt. A second email from the Foundation will be sent to you after March 24th with details and your tickets.

May 3 - Sunday afternoon "Family Concert" with Organist Dave Wickerham on the Wurlitzer. Doors open at 1:00 pm for touring the Collection in the Sanfilippo Residence; Concert at 2:30 pm. Tickets are specially priced at only $35 for adults, and $15 for children ages 12 - 18. (Pricing for this concert only). We recommend children 12 and up due to the volume our Wurlitzer can reach and younger children's sensitive ears, as well as the fragile nature of the Collection. These are guidelines only.

This concert will consist of recognizable, fun, family music for all ages. Tickets will NOT be available at the door; internet sales only. Please purchase early, as these concerts will sell out.

To Buy Tickets for Sunday May 3, 2015:

ADULT Tickets
for Sunday May 3, 2015:

CHILD Tickets
for Sunday May 3, 2015:

IMPORTANT - Your ticket voucher will be emailed to you after March 24th for this concert. Please be patient. If your ticket order goes through on our website, you're confirmed for tickets, and you will receive a Paypal order receipt. A second email from the Foundation will be sent to you after March 24th with details and your tickets.

Thomas Balsamo

May 9 - Benefit Concert for Thomas Balsamo

We invite you out to enjoy the Sanfilippo Collection of Automatic Music Instruments at the private home of Jasper and Marian Sanfilippo, followed by a Wurlitzer Theater Organ Concert performed by R.J. Eddington, followed by a visit to our Carousel Pavilion to enjoy the 1890 Eden Palais Carousel. Doors open 6 pm for touring - Concert 7:30 pm, Carousel viewing 9 pm.

Sanfilippo family friend, Thomas Balsamo has been diagnosed with stage four, Mantle Cell Lymphoma. This Celebratory Concert is to honor the growing legacy of Community charity work Thomas Balsamo has accomplished over many years, and continues to do so, in Barrington. His photography projects with Autistic Children and Down's Syndrome Children have garnered National attention. Many of the homes in Barrington hold Portraits by Thomas. We aim to celebrate the Artist, Thomas Balsamo with this concert while raising funds for his medical needs.

Tickets are $50 each, all proceeds will be donated to help offset Thomas Balsamo's medical expenses.

Your ticket is your donation (with an option to donate more, should you be inclined). This is an opportunity to give back to a gentleman who gives of himself greatly to our community.

Benefit Concert Tickets
for Saturday May 9, 2015:

Please consider an additional donation
to help with medical expenses:


May 16 - Home of the Sparrow "Give my regards to Broadway" Gala

An extraordinary Gala event and Broadway Concert on the Sanfilippo Wurlitzer with Organist Jelani Eddington. Event includes touring the Sanfilippo Collection, Wurlitzer Concert, and drinks, dinner, and auctions in the Carousel Pavilion. Proceeds help Home of the Sparrow assist women and children in need.

For tickets and more information Click here. This is always an exciting and thrilling event, for a wonderful cause. Come on out and join us for a full evening of great music, food, drink, and more.

Woodstock Mozart Festival

August 1st and 2nd - Woodstock Mozart Festival

Violinists Igor and Vesna Gruppman (also violist) return to the Festival by popular demand for their fourth visit. Once again they will grace the chandeliered concert hall of the Sanfilippo Mansion with a beautiful program of works by Bach, Vivaldi, Holst, Piazzolla and Jerome Kern.

Visit the Woodstock Mozart Festival page for ticket information


June 6 & 7 - Hopeful Heart Benefit Concerts.

Sanfilippo Summer Concert Series: June 20, July 18, August 15, & September 26. Our next E-Newsletter will contain the announcement of our this year's line-up of great Artists for the series. Don't get the Newsletter yet? Use the sign up form at the bottom of this page and receive advance notice for all our events.

October 31 - Annual Sanfilippo Foundation Silent Film Halloween Gala.

December 4, 5, & 6 - Annual Sanfilippo Christmas Concerts.

Return to this webpage often for an update of our 2015 events open to the public. You can also join our E-Newsletter List (below) and be among the first to receive notice of all our events, and how to obtain tickets.

Visiting the Sanfilippo Estate

The Sanfilippo Estate is a private residence not open to the general public except through pre-arranged charity events and pre-arranged group tours of 40 or more guests, and a limited number of corporate events. Interested groups may contact the Foundation Director by email: director@sanfilippofoundation.org for more information. We do not offer the Estate for weddings, wedding related activities, nor children's parties.

Special Events (concerts, gala fundraisers) can be arranged for Charity Organizations and Corporate Groups. Email the Sanfilippo Foundation Director: director@sanfilippofoundation.org. Please include a contact phone number.

Tour Groups: 3-Hour, Docent-Guided Tours of the Sanfilippo Collection are available for groups of 40 or more. Send an email to: info@sanfilippofoundation.org. Please include the name of your group and a contact phone number.

Individuals looking to visit the Estate are encouraged to find a group (such as your local libraries, park districts, senior centers, etc.) who can put together the required minimum for one of our 3-hour Docent-Guided Tours and then have the organization contact the Foundation Director; or you can visit one of the websites of the charities holding events at the Estate (links provided) and obtain tickets to an event listed; or you can attend a Sanfilippo Foundation event -- all are updated regularly on this website. We also encourage individuals to sign up for our E-Newsletter. On occasion, we offer individual tickets to a guided tour to our E-Newsletter subscribers. Our preference for initial contact is by email.

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