Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra
~ Old Traditions – New Frontiers – Sunday, Sept 1, 2019, in the Theater
► GENRE: Classical Music
The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra returns to the Taste of Polonia Festival for a compelling program of Polish classical music! The concert is presented by the Chicago Chopin Society and American Music Festivals.
OLD TRADITIONS – NEW FRONTIERS will include folk, patriotic, and spiritual melodies; all have been the inspiration behind Poland’s great composers. The concert showcases these connections, in a performance meant for all ages and musical backgrounds.
This event is sponsored by the Polish National Alliance → http://www.pna-znp.org/.
Program – Philip Simmons, Conductor:
- Mieczyslaw Karlowicz March
- Henryk Górecki Three Pieces in the Old Style
- Fryderyk Chopin Selections from Preludes, op. 24
- Jaroslaw Golembiowski Prayer and Salute (world premiere)
- Andrzej Panufnik Old Polish Suite
- Michał Ogiński Farewell to the Fatherland
About Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra
The LCO celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2019–20. The award-winning professional ensemble regularly performs throughout Chicagoland, promoting American Music Festivals’ mission of cultural exchange. Highlights include appearances at the Sir Georg Solti Memorial Festival (2016, Copernicus Center), at the Harris Theatre, and concert collaborations with the Baha’i House of Worship Choir. Numerous members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have soloed with the LCO, as have legendary American vocalist William Warfield and pianist/composer Lukas Foss.
About Philip Simmons, conductor
Philip Simmons is Artistic Director of American Music Festivals, Founder and Music Director of the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, and Resident Conductor of the Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands. He has conducted in 21 countries, working with orchestras like the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian State Symphony, and Sarajevo Philharmonic. Maestro Simmons was previously an Associate Conductor with the Orchestra of the Hermitage Theatre, Principal Guest Conductor of the Sochi Chamber Orchestra, and at the invitation of the US Embassy in Minsk, Belarus, he led the premiere of “West Side Story” with the State Music Theatre of Belarus. He has frequently performed at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, in concerts with the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, and at the Chicago Silent Summer Film Festival.
About Jaroslaw Golembiowski, composer
Jaroslaw Golembiowski is the Founder and President of the Chicago Chopin Society. He received a degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw, Poland. A composer of over 300 works, Dr. Golembiowski is well known for his compositions honoring Polish heritage. In 2016, he was distinguished as the Outstanding Pole Abroad in the Culture Division by the Teraz Polska Foundation and, in 2017, he received the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) Achievement Award. Golembiowski’s music has been heard throughout the United States, Poland, Russia, China, Mexico, and Cuba. As a pianist, he regularly performs the music of Chopin, Paderewski, as well as his own original works. In 2018, the CD Adoration and Reminiscences with violinist Krzysztof Zimowski was released.
About The Chicago Chopin Society and American Music Festivals
The Chicago Chopin Society and American Music Festivals collaborate on diverse concert programs with the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, celebrating cultural exchange. OLD TRADITIONS–NEW FRONTIERS is their third concert for the Taste of Polonia Festival, following the “Poland’s Great Composers” program in 2016 and in 2017 a concert commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the death of Polish and American patriot and revolutionary, Thaddeus Kosciuszko. The nonprofits have also co-presented two Christmas Spectaculars at the Copernicus Center, the 2017–2018 International Cultural Exchange Festival (four concerts at various Chicago venues), and in September 2018 the successful fundraising concert, “Save St. Adalbert Church.”
Each organization believes that by promoting diversity and forging cross-cultural connections, they can uphold long-standing artistic traditions and reach out to fresh audiences, establishing new musical frontiers.
Proceeds of the Taste of Polonia Festival benefit the nonprofit work of the Copernicus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Thank You for your support! Learn more about our nonprofit at THIS LINK.
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