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Our Art Committee is working with several local, emerging artists to display their work on the walls of our building. We are interested in providing an opportunity for these artists to share their work with the public. It is a way in which we can provide a service to the community, and it is in line with the Society's mission, which includes promoting intellectual, philosophical, and artistic freedom.



Or large reception room is where members gather for coffee and conversation , and that is where the art is displayed. Our plan is to rotate artists approximately every eight weeks. 


For more information on any one of our exhibits or the artists that share their work with, or to submit your own work for our consideration, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call the office at 847-677-3334. 





Saturday, April 8th, 8pm

Daniela Bisenius, violin & Oltea Gurgui, piano


The Second Saturday Coffeehouse welcomes back the always exciting Romanian born violinist, Daniela Bisenius. Last year she performed classical, jazz, and fiery gypsy music for us, first accompanied by Bobby Schiff and later in the year by Don Stille. This April she will be accompanied by pianist, Oltea Gurgui. Their concert will include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Bartok (Romanian Dances)
Brahms - Sonata for Violin and Piano number 2 
Khatchatourian - Adagio from the ballet Spartacus
Puccini - selections from his operas
Albinioni - Adagio
and much more.....


Daniela Bisenius:  All About Jazz wrote, "The duet with Daniela Bisenius leads to spotlighting the violinist's agile fluidity that is part Paganini-inspired virtuosity and part Tsigan-esque pyrotechnics."  At 19 she became the youngest person ever to win a position with the Staatsphilharmonie Ludwigshafen, Germany. She also attended Violin Master Classes in Nice, France with Henrick Szering and Gerarld Poulet. In 1988 she came to the US, where she was awarded full scholarship to University of Iowa and studied with Prof. Leopold La Fosse. Here she appeared in a televised Master Class with Issac Stern. She then performed as an orchestra member with many professional orchestras including the Naples Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, etc.

Daniela is a very versatile musician who has shared the stage with such stars as Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Smokie Robinson, Kurt Elling, among, many, many others. In 2010 Daniela played fiddle in the sold out musical Always Patsy Cline.


Oltea Gurgui is the recipient of various honors including prizes for Piano Competitions, Fellowships for Graduate Studies as well as Master Classes. She had appearances on Television as well as recordings for radio. She studied with some of the best teachers in the world, and represented her country at the Tchaikovsky Competition. 


Hosted by Vicki Elberfeld
$8-$12  suggested donation includes refreshments. No reservations needed.
Doors open at 7:30. Free parking in our lot, on Howard, or on Jerome St.


Ethical Humanist Society   7574 Lincoln Ave    Skokie  IL  60077


In addition to regular Sunday programming, the Society offers a variety of interesting activities throughout the month. There is something of interest for almost everyone. For specific details about these meetings and events, please call the Society office at 847-677-3334.


Creative Writers Group

Leader: Sue Sherman

To stimulate exploration in various forms of creative writing, including poetry, playlets, short stories, memoirs, and essays. Writers are encouraged to develop original work to share at monthly meetings. 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:15 p.m.


Ethical Humanities

Leader: Ken Novak & Sue Sherman 

Discusses issues and perspectives introduced by select non-fiction books (meets every other month on Sundays at 12:15 p.m.) Usually the first Sunday of every other month.


Fiction Circle

Leader: Ken Novak & Sue Sherman 

Discusses select works of classic and modern fiction (meets every other month on Sundays at 12:15 p.m.) Usually the first Sunday of every other month.


Film Discussion Group

Leader: John Ungashick 

Encourages thoughtful viewing of current motion pictures. Provides a cordial forum for exchanging opinions and exploring meanings, artistic techniques and performances. Usually the 2nd Monday of the month.


Men’s Group

Contact: Oliver Pergams 

Explores issues and relationships involving fathers, husbands, and friends through readings and informal discussion. 


Women’s Group

Leaders: Chris Martin

The Women's Group is interested in getting to know one another by working together on social action and other projects. Members presented Sunday programs: "The Contributions of Extraordinary Women in 2003", and "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History" in 2004.


Youth Program

Adult Coordinators: Lisa Crowe & Sharon Appelquist

Chicago YES (Youth in Ethical Societies) is a group for our teens. We organize activities and fundraising for human rights, the environment, and other local social action projects. 


Looking for a caring, secular officiant for your ceremony? 

The Ethical Humanist Society has the privilege and honor to serve the Chicagoland community by conducting wedding ceremonies, baby-namings, renewals of marriage vows and memorials.










April 8
8:00 pm 


Daniela Bisenius & Oltea Gurgui


$8–$12 suggested donation includes refreshments.

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