HISTORY OF THE LCO
The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1990 by its Music Director Philip Simmons, a long time Lincolnwood resident who graduated from Lincoln Hall in 1975 and Niles West High School in 1979. A huge part of the orchestra's success is the ongoing support of the Village of Lincolnwood, and the leadership of current Mayor Jerry Turry.
The LCO is a professional free-lance ensemble comprised of Chicago's finest musicians. It was named Chamber Ensemble of the Year in 2000 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, and maintains an excellent artistic reputation throughout Chicagoland. World renowned artists have appeared as soloist with the LCO, including William Warfield, Lukas Foss, Rachel Barton-Pine, Wendy Warner, Dennis James, Denis Azebagic, Emir Nuhanovic, David Schrader, and numerous members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Over the years the orchestra has performed well over 100 concerts at a variety of venues including the Harris Theater, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Preston Bradley Hall (Chicago Cultural Center), Northeastern Illinois University, and Northwestern University's Lutkin Hall. Concerts in Lincolnwood have been given at the Community Center, Village Hall, Lincoln Hall Middle School, the Library, Proesel Park, St. John's Lutheran Church, Lincolnwood Town Center, Lincolnwood Place Retirement Community, Loeber Motors Mercedes Benz Dealership, and Grossinger's Cadillac Showroom. The LCO has appeared on numerous performing arts series including at the Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation, Chicago Silent Summer Film Festival (Portage Theater), Skokie Public Library, Northbrook Public Library, and Wilmette Fine Arts Commission Recital Series.
Focusing on music of the classical period, the orchestra has performed all the symphonies of Beethoven, and over 50 works of Mozart and Hadyn. The LCO often appears as a string orchestra, at times performing romantic and contemporary music, as well as Baroque repertoire with harpsichord. The orchestra has also programmed mixed 20th century works like Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 and Stravinsky's Soldier Tale, as well as several new commissions. Its largest version was 60 players for a performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6. One of the LCO's strengths is its flexibility to fit into any venue and complement any event.
The orchestra has two recordings to its credit--with Ars Musica Chicago (music of Alexander Tcherepnin with bass-baritone Andrew Schultze) and the soundtrack to "Help Me" by Chicago filmmaker Darrien Murphy. The LCO has participated in educational outreach to the Lincolnwood public schools, featured several "side-by-side" concerts with students. The orchestra regularly provides music for Lincolnwood Seniors, and is active in other outreach efforts throughout the area.
American Music Festivals began to manage the LCO in 2002, when it merged with the Lincolnwood Orchestral Association. AMF remains committed to community programming and educational outreach in Lincolnwood and the surrounding communities, and is proud to have the orchestra showcase its cultural exchange initiatives. These are achieved through the presentation of international guest artists and programming which reflects the music and cultural traditions of our collaborating partners, in Chicago and internationally.
Philip Simmons, Founder and Music Director
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Sunday March 19, 3PM
Raise Me Up!
North Shore Congregation Israel 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe
Featuring selections from Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah, and gospel and Jewish music.
Kol Zimrah Jewish Community Singers
Sponsored and presented by North Shore Congregation Israel, Kol Zimrah Jewish Community Singers, and American Music Festivals
Enjoy two free concerts Featuring the music of Felix Mendelssohn
Sunday, March 12, 3PM
Grand Re-Opening Concert
Lincolnwood Public Library 4000 W. Pratt
Divertimento in F K 138
Violin Concerto in D Minor
Sponsored by Loeber Motors
Chinese New Year Concert 2017
Saturday January 21 3PM Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch 2100 S. Wentworth
Chinese Folk Song Suite
Two Springs Reflecting the Moon
Guang Long Li, erhu
Gong Qian Yang
Call 312-747-8013 for more information
Christmas Spectacular 2016!
A Celebration of Symphony, Song, and Sing-alongHonoring 30 years of Jaroslaw Golembiowski's music in Chicago
Sunday Dec 18, 2016 3:00PM
Copernicus Center 5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago
Enjoy traditional and new Christmas carols performed in English and Polish, and sing-along with a new medley adapted just for this gala event!
Featuring the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra conducted by Philip Simmons, and soloists from the Chicago Chopin Society
Performing popular and classical Holiday works by: Fryderyk Chopin, Jaroslaw Golembiowski, Leroy Anderson, Gaetano Schiassi, Cesar Franck, Edward Pola, and more
O Come all Ye Faithful! It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!Tickets $10-$40 Facebook event page
Presented by the Chicago Chopin Society and American Music Festivals
Underwritten in part by grants from the Copernicus Foundation and American Council for Polish Culture
Classical Sunday Soiree
Sunday Nov 27, 2016 4:00PM
Poland's Great Composers
Saturday, September 3, 2:30PM
Music of Chopin, Paderewski, Kilar, Moszkowski, Lutoslawski
with guest performers:
Presented in partnership with the Chicago Chopin Society Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Sponsored in part by the Copernicus Foundation, Admission to Taste of Polonia is $5, children 12 and under free
Lincolnwood Fest in Proesel Park Slavicfest!
Sunday July 24, 1PM
Free admission! Visit www.lincolnwoodfest.com
SIR GEORG SOLTI MEMORIAL FESTIVAL
Sunday, April 3, 4PM Copernicus Center 5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60630
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4 World Premieres by living American Composers!
Sunday, February 21, 3PM Lincolnwood Community Center 4170 W. Morse, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
The Muslim Musical Experience in Europe:
Music of Mozart, Beethoven, Purcell, Gluck, Rubinstein, Cantemir, Osmanagic, and traditional folk and Sevdah songs.
With Michele McGovern, flute, and Samir Hadzalic, vocals.
Tickets $20, children admitted free
Presented by American Music Festivals
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