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Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra


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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Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra

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
Cantor Pavel Roytman, Chorus Master
Cantor David Goldstein, baritone
Anastasyia Roytman, soprano
Quinn Middleman, mezzo-soprano
Klaus Georg, tenor

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

Celebrating Lincolnwood
Divertimento in F K 138
Violin Concerto in D Minor
Violetta Todorova,

Sponsored by Loeber Motors

Chinese New Year Concert 2017

Saturday January 21 3PM
Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch
2100 S. Wentworth

Chinese Gallop
Johann Strauss
Chinese Dance
Peter Tchaikovsky
Chinese Serenade
Victor Herbert
Chinese Folk Song Suite
Zhou Long
Two Springs Reflecting the Moon
     Guang Long Li, erhu
New Work
Gong Qian Yang

Free Admission!
Call 312-747-8013 for more information
Co-presented by the Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch and American Music Festivals

Christmas Spectacular 2016!

A Celebration of Symphony, Song, and Sing-along
Honoring 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

  • Jaroslaw Golembiowski, piano
  • Marlena Dzis, soprano
  • Wendy Parman, vocals
  • Joanna Turska, flute
  • Luis Antonio Galvez-Alcantara, tenor

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
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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

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Classical Sunday Soiree

Sunday Nov 27, 2016 4:00PM

Copericus Center Annex
5214 W. Lawrence
Enjoy great music and conversation
with the performers
Free Admission - cash bar
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Poland's Great Composers

Saturday, September 3, 2:30PM

Copernicus Center
5216 W Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60630

Music of Chopin, Paderewski, Kilar, Moszkowski, Lutoslawski
and the world premiere of "Taniec Goralski"(Highlanders' Dance)
by Jaroslaw Golembiowski"

with guest performers:
Konrad Pawelek, clarinet
Bogdan Pawlikowski, violin and vocal
Monica Staszel, violin and vocal
Mateusz Staszel, cello and vocal

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

Sunday July 24, 1PM

Antonin Dvorak Finale from String Quartet No. 12 "American"
Vasily Kalinnikov Serenade in G
Moritz Moszkowski Prelude and Fugue in d minor
Jaroslaw Golembiowski Lullaby
Jean Sibelius Andante Festivo
Michael Legrand The Summer Knows (Theme from the Summer of '42)

Free admission! Visit


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


llya Levinson American Landscapes 1 & 2
Amy Wurtz Introduction, Andante and Fugue
Philip Simmons "ND"
George Flynn Tranquil Landscape

Free Admission

Composer George Flynn

The Muslim Musical Experience in Europe:
Saturday, November 21, 2015 7:00 PM

American Islamic College
640 W. Ivring Park, Chicago, IL 60613

Music of Mozart, Beethoven, Purcell, Gluck, Rubinstein, Cantemir, Osmanagic, and traditional folk and Sevdah songs.

With Michele McGovern, flute, and Samir Hadzalic, vocals.
Islamic Spiritual Music by the "Kerim" Choir and the Folk Dance Group "Bosna"


Tickets $20, children admitted free

Presented by American Music Festivals
and co-sponsored by the American Islamic College.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015 1:00 PM

Taste of Polonia Festival
Copernicus Center Theater
5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60630

Loslassen, Polka schnell Carl Michael Ziehrer
Pizzicato Polka Johann Strauss
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Variations Wolfgang Mozart
Ten Pieces from "For Children" Bela Bartok
Excerpts from the Red Pony Aaron Copland
Harry's Wondrous World John Williams
Highlights from Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken
Bahn Frei, Polka schnell Eduard Strauss


Taste of Polonia is 7$ per Adult, Children under 12 are free

2014-2015 Season

Contact the LCO at:
4354 W. Pratt
Lincolnwood, IL 60712