Black Oak Ensemble members are, from left, cellist David Cunliffe, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, Serbian classical and jazz guitarist Goran Ivanovic, and violist Aurelien Pederzoli.               Photo from Black Oak Ensemble

Evanston-based Bach Week Festival’s first Gallery Gala fundraiser will feature the North Shore-based Black Oak Ensemble in music of J.S. Bach and other composers, plus viewings of contemporary art, at 5:30 p.m. on on Feb. 18, at the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St.

Proceeds from the Gallery Gala will support the 45th annual Bach Week Festival this spring.

“Gala guests will hear music of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Erno Dohnanyi, Bela Bartok, Astor Piazzola, Fritz Kreisler, Vittorio Monti, and a piece by Black Oak guitarist Goran Ivanovic,” says Richard Webster, Bach Week’s longtime music director and emcee for the fundraiser. “They’ll also have the opportunity to view two intriguing contemporary art exhibits curated by the center. So, it’s going to be an evening of musical and visual delights.”   

Guests can view two art exhibits during the event, both reflecting the Evanston Art Center’s focus on showing contemporary art, particularly new work and new artistic ideas and forms.

“Janina Monkute Marks”(1923-2010) is an exhibit of the Lithuanian-born artist’s fiber tapestries, paintings, and prints, inspired by her native country’s folklore. Her work shows experimentation with collage and gesso priming. Her prints combine the rough shaping of individual forms and geometric ornaments.

“Barry Lorberbaum” is an exhibition of the Chicago-area artist’s works on paper. His geometric drawings, created with colored pencils, are simple yet striking. Each depicts beauty that can emerge from negative emotions.

Bach Week Festival concerts in 2018 will take place April 27, 29, and May 4. Tickets for the Gallery Gala benefit are available at and by phone, 800- 838-3006 or the festival’s office at 847-269-9050.