Skip to consent to cookiesSkip navigation
Loading Events
  • This event has passed.
Music & Comedy

Treats & Tricks

The Northshore Concert Band begins its 2023/24 concert season on October 29, 2023 at the McGrath Family Performing Arts Center with “Treats & Tricks”.

Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Mallory Thompson has programmed a special evening concert that will kick off the Band’s 68th season in spectacular and spooky form! Treats & Tricks is an enchanting program that explores magic, mystique, and transfiguration through music. Johann Sebastian Bach’s ominous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor opens the program, the winds masquerading as a grandiose pipe organ through virtuosic passages and bone-rattling chords. Enigmatic works from the cinema offer brief respite, including Howl’s Moving Castle — a spellbinding suite from Joe Hisaishi’s score for Miyazaki’s anime film of the same title — and Music for a Darkened Theater — a medley of tunes by Danny Elfman with snippets from Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Beetlejuice. Indulge in audience favorites throughout, from selections from The Planets to Richard Strauss’ Allerseelen and Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite two ways! This unique way to experience Halloween is sure to be a special and spooky treat-filled evening performance which could possibly include some tricks!

The 2023/24 Season will feature a remarkable number of inaugural performances by the Band. In total, fifteen works will receive their Northshore Concert Band premiere. Works in the October 29th program that will receive their NCB first performance include Joe Hisaishi’s Howl’s Moving Castle, Danny Elfman’s Music for a Darkened Theater, and Erika Svanoe’s Barnum and Tesla’s Tandem Bicycle.

Treats & Tricks

October 29, 2023

7:00 p.m.

McGrath Family Performing Arts Center

Wilmette, IL


Johann Sebastian BachToccata and Fugue in D Minor
Richard StraussAllerseelen
Joe HisaishiHowl’s Moving Castle
Gustav HolstSelections from The Planets
Danny ElfmanMusic for a Darkened Theater
Erika SvanoeBarnum and Tesla’s Tandem Bicycle
Karl KingBarnum and Bailey’s Favorite



Season tickets are $65 for Adults, $50 for Seniors, and $30 for Students & Children.

Individual concert tickets are $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors, and $10 for Students & Children.

Tickets are available online. Visit the Northshore Concert Band website to purchase tickets through Eventbrite. All tickets are general admission.

For program and ticket information and to view the 2023/24 Season brochure visit

About Northshore Concert Band

Now in its 68th year, the Northshore Concert Band is a 100-member Chicago-area symphonic band known for its musical excellence and commitment to music education. Their membership consists of many music professionals, as well as lawyers, accountants, consultants, administrative professionals, and more. They are dedicated to enriching the lives of young people with high-quality musical experiences and demonstrating that music can be enjoyed well beyond graduation, regardless of if they choose to pursue music as a career.

About Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Mallory Thompson

Dr. Mallory Thompson is one of the most dynamic and respected conductors in the nation. She is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third person in the university’s history to hold the director of band position, Dr. Thompson conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers all aspects of the band program. She has recorded five albums with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label. Dr. Thompson began her affiliation with the Northshore Concert Band as Principal Guest Conductor in 2000 and has served as their Artistic Director since 2003.


Explore hotels, flights, deals, and more

Plan your trip


CTA Newsletter

Chicago Newsletter

Stay in the know

Sign up


Visitors Guide

Start planning today

Get the guide