American Music Festivals
Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra Orchestra

Philip Simmons, Founder and Music Director


American Music Festivals is a nonprofit organization celebrating the beauty and power of orchestral music! Our collaborative concerts bring people together, allowing ensembles to share their talents with diverse, new, and underserved audiences. From the world's major stages to community events directed at outreach and education, our programs are accompanied by humanitarian efforts and international goodwill. They are also designed to demonstrate continuity and innovation in the performing arts.

Focusing on cultural exchange, American Music Festivals highlights repertoire and artists representative of the American artistic experience alongside other classical and folk traditions. American Music Festivals engages in interdisciplinary programming, embraces technology, and believes that creative entrepreneurship will help preserve our symphonic heritage.


Upcoming Chicago Concerts

Kupala - St. John's Night Summer Solstice Concert

Sunday June 11, 5:00PM

St. Barbara Catholic Parish
2859 S. Throop St., Chicago

Performing classical and folk music with works by:
Mykola Vitaliyovych Lysenko
Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis
Stanislaw Moniuszko
Michal Kleofas Oginski and
Howard Hanson

Tickets available for $20.


Chinese New Year Concert 2017

American Music Festivals was pleased to partner with the Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch for a concert by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra celebrating the Chinese New Year. The program featured erhu soloist Guanglong Li performing Abing's "Two Springs Reflecting the Moon" and new music by composer Gong Qian Yang.

The program was co-sponsored by the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and was attended by Mr. Hong Lei, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago.


Sir Georg Solti Memorial Festival in Chicago 2016

April 3 - Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra

April 4 - Chicago Pro Musica

Copernicus Center

The Sir Georg Solti Memorial Festival featured musicians appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by the Maestro, up and coming vocalists, and an educational outreach effort. It was performed before a diverse and appreciative audience at the Copernicus Center

Learn More about the Festival.

Learn More about the Festival Program


Moonlight - The Movie

AMF presented the Premiere of Michele McGovern's Silent Film at Chicago Symphony Center on June 14, 2013

Michele McGovern

Click here to see the film.

Winner of:

  • 2014 "Best Musical Short" from the Illinois International Film Festival and
  • "Best Music Video" at the Mexico International Film Festival!

International Programming

International Programming

Westside Story in Minsk!

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