Past Seasons

Our 19th Season!

Dedicated to the Memory of Nancy Johnson

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2 pm

Scott Metlicka & Jean Bishop, flute, Roger Bingaman, piano

The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee (IPFAC) is pleased to announce the first concert of the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series.  Flutists Jean Bishop and Scott Metlicka will be joined by pianist Roger Bingaman Sunday, September 30th at 2:00 p.m.  The concert will take place at the Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave., Chicago.  Free will donations are welcome; a reception with the artists will follow the concert.

The 2012-2013 concert series will be dedicated to the memory of Nancy Johnson, a long-time Fine Arts Committee member who organized the post-concert receptions.  Ms. Johnson passed away suddenly in 2011.


Sunday, December 9, 2012, 2 pm

American Eagle Productions Presents
Jingle Bell Express

A fast-paced review featuring 20 of your favorite holiday songs.  Sure to brighten your spirits and get your toes tapping.  Perfect for audiences of all ages!


Saturday, March 9th, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

American Eagle Productions Presents

The Fabulous Fable Factory

The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee will present “The Fabulous Fable Factory,” a children’s musical based on Aesop’s fables, on Saturday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m.  “The Fabulous Fable Factory” tells the story of 12-year-old Monroe who wanders into an abandoned factory and accidentally trips a lever activating a living factory of fable creators. This musical adventure follows Monroe as he helps the fable makers re-create some of Aesop’s most famous fables, such as “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” and “The Lion and the Mouse.” An enjoyable show for the young and the young at heart, the bright and charming songs will intrigue the audience and the morals will invite thought and discussion.

The performance will be held at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N Harding Ave.  The show is free of charge, but donations will be accepted gladly.  The performance will be followed by a juice and cookie reception with the actors, hosted by the Irving Park Fine Arts Committee.

The “Fabulous Fable Factory” was created by American Eagle Productions, a Chicago children’s troupe specializing in children’s classics.  The Fine Arts Committee has hosted past performances by American Eagle Productions, including “Charlotte’s Web,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”


Sunday, May 19, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

The Trout Quintet by Franz Schubert


Dorothy Deen, cello

Gretchen Sherrell, violin

Loretta Gillespie, viola

Alison Gaines, bass

Roger Bingaman, piano

On Sunday, May 19th at 4:00 p.m., the Fine Arts Committee will present the last concert of the season. The “Trout Quintet” by Franz Schubert will be performed by Dorothy Deen, cello; Gretchen Sherrell, violin; Loretta Gillespie, viola; Alison Gaines, bass and Roger Bingaman, piano.  Admission is free.  Donations are welcome.  A reception with the musicians follows the performance.


18th Season!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Magic Mushroom children’s summer program and the Irving Park Fine Arts Committee will present “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on Friday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. A musical adaptation of the classic children’s novel by C. S. Lewis, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” tells the story of what happens when four children discover a magical wardrobe that delivers them to the fantastic world of Narnia.

American Eagle Productions, a Chicago-based theatre troupe specializing in children’s classics, will bring to life the story of the Pevensie children and their adventures in Narnia with song, dance, costumes and sets.

The performance will be held in the sanctuary of Irving Park Lutheran Church at 4100 N. Harding Ave. This free-will donation event is open to the public, and is sure to please audiences of all ages!  Concessions will be sold in the parking lot following the performance where the audience will have a chance to meet and talk with the actors.


Sunday, September 18, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Ben Melsky, Harp

The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee (IPFAC) is pleased to announce the first concert of the 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series.  Lyric Opera harpist Ben Melsky will perform in a solo recital on Sunday, September 18th at 2:00 p.m.  The concert will take place at the Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave., Chicago.  Melsky will perform selections from J. S. Bach, Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith.  Fine Arts patrons last saw Melsky in a performance last winter with the Naperville Chamber Players. Free will donations are welcome; a reception with the artist will follow the concert.


Melsky is an Evanston native who started playing the harp at age eight.  He holds both Bachelor’s of Music and Master’s of Music from Northwestern University.  As a soloist, he has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the Millennium Stage Conservatory Project, was a 2008 winner of the Northwestern University Concerto Competition with Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, and has performed major concerti with the Instituto Cervantes Orchestra of Chicago and Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra. Recently he was recorded at the Goodman Theater for their production of Animal Crackers.

As an orchestral musician he currently plays second harp with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has played with the Chicago Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Southern Illinois Summer Music Festival Orchestra and Evanston Symphony Orchestra.  He currently maintains a private studio in addition to being an associate faculty member at Glenbrook South and Glenbrook North High Schools.

Sunday, December 11, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Holiday Extravaganza

Series artistic director Rober Bingaman will be joined by many friends to usher in the holidays with joyful sounds!


Thursday, January 26, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Plymouth State University Chamber Singers

Hailing from Plymouth, New Hampshire, the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers will perform in a special concert on January 26th.  Under the direction of conductor Dr. Dan Perkins,  the Chamber Singers' recent repertoire includes Mozart “Mass in C minor” (in collaboration with NH Master Chorale),  J.S. Bach “Komm, Jesu, komm,” Francis Poulenc “Four Christmas Motets,” and works by Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Part, and Moses Hogan.


Sunday, February 26, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

The Avanti Guitar Trio

The Avanti Guitar Trio performs an eclectic variety of music including: repertoire from the Renaissance through Romantic eras, music from Spain and Latin America, arrangements of folk and pop tunes, and contemporary compositions that make use of improvisation, effects pedals, and electronics.


Sunday, April 29, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Dorothy Deen cello, Roger Bingaman, piano

Dorothy Deen holds a Master's degree in cello performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, and has been a freelance cellist in the Chicagoland area for over 25 years.  Dorothy has performed with numerous area groups such as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Rockford Symphony and Illinois Philharmonic.  Currently, Dorothy performs with New Philharmonic and is the principal cellist for Light Opera Works in Evanston.  She has been a member of the Seraphim Trio for the past five years.

In addition to teaching, Dorothy is an active recitalist in the Chicago area. She has enjoyed playing chamber music series performances in private homes throughout Chicago and on Chicago's classical radio station, WFMT.  Recently, she premiered two new duet works for cello and saxophone and cello and flute at the Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago.  IPFAC audiences will remember Dorothy’s 2011 performance with the Naperville Chamber Players in their concert celebrating composer Alan Hovhaness.

Roger Bingaman, or Bing, as he is known to his many friends, serves as the Director of Music at the Irving Park Lutheran Church.  He is also Director of Apprentice Program and Chorus Master for the Sarasota Opera in Sarasota, Florida.  In Chicago, Bing is the Music Director and principal conductor of Light Opera Works, and has worked with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bowen Park Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre and other fine arts organizations.  For his dedication to the Performing Arts, former Chicago Tribune Critic Richard Christiansen presented the 2002 Friend of the Arts Award to Bingaman for his support and promotion of community artists. The award is given by The Artist's Council of the Friends of Independence Branch Library.

2010 - 2011

Sunday, April 10

2:00 p.m.

Mackenzie Merrill-Wick, French Horn

Roger L. Bingaman, Piano

Celebrate the return of spring with a classical music concert featuring the music of Mozart, Richard Strauss and Franz Strauss.  Mackenzie Merrill-Wick, French horn, will be accompanied by Roger L. Bingaman, accomplished pianist and artisitic director of the Irving Park Fine Arts Committee.

Irving Park Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 4100 N. Harding Ave., Chicago


Sunday, February 27

2:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday, Hovhaness!

IPFAC presents a free chamber music concert featuring The Naperville Chamber Players.  The concert will feature Dorothy Deen, cello and Marie Bennett, flute.  They will be joined by a guitarist, pianist and harpist in a program titled "Happy 100th Birthday Hovhaness!" The concert will celebrate the 100th birthday of 20th century composer Alan Hovhaness and will feature a sampling of his work.

Irving Park Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 4100 N. Harding Ave., Chicago


Saturday, February 12, 2011

10:00 a.m.

Oba William King, the Poetic Storyteller

In a special performance for children, Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents Oba William King, The Poetic Storyteller and drummer Mama Vivian.  

King, a storyteller in the West African griot tradition, will weave together songs, stories and drumming to entertain audiences of all ages.  King celebrates African American heritage and diversity in his interactive performances.  Mama Vivian will accompany the storyteller on drums.

A juice and cookie reception with the artists will follow the performance.  The program is free, though donations are welcome.

Irving Park Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 4100 N. Harding Ave., Chicago


Sunday, December 12, 2010

2:00 p.m.

An Octave Above

An Octave Above, an eight member a cappella group, will perform holiday favorites, doo wop, jazz and pop standards in a musical celebration of the season.  Admission is free, though donations are welcome.  A reception with the artists follows the performance.

Iving Park Lutheran Church Sanctuary

4100 N. Harding Ave, Chicago


Sunday, September 26, 2010

2:00 p.m.

Light Opera Works in Concert (Please note program change)

Mary Robin Roth, Cathy Lord and Rob Bradley will perform highlights from past Light Opera Works seasons.  They will be accompanied on piano by Linda SleinRudy Hogenmiller, the LOW artistic director will serve as master of ceremonies.

Irving Park Lutheran Church Sanctuary

4100 N. Harding Ave., Chicago

Free admission -- donations welcome!


2009 - 2010


2008 - 2009

October 12, 2008

PolyKrome Brass Ensemble

December 14, 2008

The Lutheran Choir of Chicago

February 22, 2009

Andrew McCann, violin, Amy Briggs, piano

April 26, 2009

The Apollo Trio: Scott Metlika-Flute, Karl Rzasa-Bassoon, Matthew Coley-Marimba & Percussion

2007 - 2008

February 24, 2008

The Apollo Trio

The Apollo Trio is one of the Chicago metropolitan area’s premiere chamber music ensembles. It was founded in 1995 as a woodwind ensemble. Over the years it has incorporated harp, piano, and strings. Currently the trio is made up of three of the city’s finest musicians: Scott Metlicka, flute; Matt Agnew, cello: and Paul Nicholson, piano. Members perform regularly with the Elgin Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, Illinois Philharmonic, Metropolis Symphony and Light Opera Works of Evanston. Members have also performed on Live from Studio One on WFMT radio. The ensemble enjoys performing different styles, particularly music written for the combination of flute, cello and piano.

2006 - 2007

December 10, 2006

Peace Tales Around the World

Kidworks Touring Theatre Company

Kidworks leads a hands on journey in search of world peace with travels to Africa, the Middle East, India, China, Mexico, and Native America, as cultures, traditions, and stories come to life. This 45 minute presentation is loaded with audience participation, and promotes multicultural tolerance and respect for all nations. Children and parent volunteers play African Dancers, Belly Dancers, Camel Humps, Native American Braves adn the tail of the Chinese Dragon.

The Interfaith Children's Choir of Irving Park

February 25, 2007

Christopher Laughlin, Guitar

Mr. Laughlin performs everything from Spanish classics to Latin American dances, flamenco showpieces, and colorful contemporary works from all corners of the globe. Guitar virtuoso Christopher Laughlin has delighted audiences across the United States adn around the world and has appeared in over 25 nations.

April 29, 2007

Ann McMann, Soprano, Kenneth Nichols, Baritone and Roger Bingaman, Piano

Roger Bingaman, Irving Park Fine Arts artistic director, returns with friends Ann McMann and Kenneth Nichols to explore the history of American musical theater in song.

This concert features the Virginia McBroom Sekenske scholarship winner. The scholarship is given to an area high school musician in memory of Mrs. Sekenske, a patron of the Fine Arts series.

2005 - 2006


2004 - 2005

2003 - 2004

Sunday, September 14th


1 Piano, 4 hands, 4 singers Roger Bingaman and Valerie Maze, Piano
Rebecca Davis, Sara Stern, John Predny and Christopher Richard

Schubert: Fantasy in f minor
Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes


Sunday, November 16th,

Carmen Llop Kassinger, Violin
Margaret Daly, Cello
Roger Bingaman, Piano

Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1 no. 1
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B, Op. 8


Sunday, December 8th,

Songs, Christmas Letters and readings from the holiday
season that bring to mind Christmas Cards.

Featuring the IPLC Chancel Choir
Rebecca Davis, Soprano
Sara Stern, Mezzo Soprano
John Predny, Tenor
Chris Richard, Baritone

Sunday, February 22th,

  Frieda Lee, Bobby Schiff, Joe Policastro


Sunday, March 28th,


Erik Suter

2002 - 2003

Sunday, October 13th

 Christopher Laughlin, Classical Guitar

Sunday, December 8th,

Christmas Cabaret


Glenette Shurney, Sara Stern, Bill Gordon, Chris Richard, Roger Bingaman, special guests, members of the Irving Park Community Children's choir.

Sunday, January 26th,


An a capella ensemble consisting of six male singers and a musical arranger.

Today's concert will include arrangements from jazz, gospel, pop, rock and classical renaissance.


Sunday, February 23rd,

Tano Venti 

Kenneth Chin, Clarinet
Susan Crandall, Flute
Roy Harris, Bassoon
Kimberly K. Heersche Hoffman, Oboe
Mary Jo Neher, Horn

Sunday, May 11,


Lori Ann Fuller

Roger Bingaman

2001 - 2002

Friday, September 21 at 8:00pm A Benefit Concert

New York Fire Fighters
Disaster Relief Fund

Fire Logo

Featuring Chicago-area singers and pianists including members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, Bowen Park Opera, Light Opera Works and Sarasota Opera.

The program will consist of favorites from opera, musical theatre and operetta.

All proceeds will be sent to the International Association of Firefighters, who have established The New York Fire Fighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund.

100% of the donations from the concert will go directly to the families of fallen New York Fire Fighters and EMS Workers.


October 14th

The Andersonville String Quartet


Lori Ashikawa, Violin
Carmen Llop Kassinger, Violin
Monica Reilly, Viola
Erica Lessie, Cello
Roger Bingaman, Piano


December 9th



The Irving Park Community Children's Choir
under the direction of William Gordon

The Irving Park Chancel Choir and Guests
"God's Greatest Gift"
a Cantata by John Dressler
under the direction of Roger L. Bingaman

Audience Sing-Along
Solos by Guest Artists


January 27th


Anna Fermin - Guitar
Andon Davis - Lead guitar
Paul Bivens - Drums
Michael Krayniak - Bass

February 24th

Vienna Waltz Ensemble

Greg Sarchet - bass
Clara Lindner - violin
Carl Johnston - violin

April 28th

98.6 Fahrenheit
Dance Company

2000 - 2001

October 8th

The Sarasota/Chicago Ensemble

A Concert of the three B's: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms

Carmen Llop Kassinger, Violin
Dan O'Connell, Horn
Roger Bingaman, Piano

November 12th

Carolyn Irvin Niehoff, Soprano
Roger Bingaman, Piano

December 10th

"Sleighbells Ring;

Featuring Perfect5th perfoming Christmas music from movies and musicals. Perfect5th is soprano Ann McMann, mezzo-soprano Sara Stern, tenor Erich Buchholz, Baritone Robert Felbinger, and pianist Roger Bingaman. After a short intermission, the Irving Park Lutheran Chancel Choir will perform plus a sing-a-long.


January 28th

Mark Valenti, Piano

Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, op. 110 (1822) Ludwig van Beethoven
4 Preludes, Book II (1912)
Les tierces alternees (Alternating thirds)
Bruyeres (Heather)
General Lavine - eccentric
Claude Debussy
Three Sonatas
E major Andante Comodo
F minor Andante Cantabile
C major Allegro
Domenico Scarlatti
Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm (1936) Bela Bartok
Two pieces
Ballade no. 2 in F major, op. 38 (1839)
Impromptu no. 2 in F# major, op. 36 (1839)
Frederic Chopin

February 25th

Marc Fink, Oboe
Jamie Schmidt, Piano

Sonata in E-flat Major J. S. Bach
Sonata for Oboe and Piano (1962) Francis Poulenc
Three Preludes George Gershwin
Fantasy in A Minor (solo oboe) Georg Philipp Telemann
Epitaph for Oboe and Piano (1979) Witold Lutoslawski
Concerto based on opera motives from "La Favorita" of Donizetti Antonio Pasculli

April 29th


Alison Attar, harp
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
Janice MacDonald, flute

1999 - 2000

October 10th

The Andersonville String Quartet

Lori Ashikawa, Violin
Carmen Llop Kassinger, Violin
Monica Reilly, Viola
Erica Lessie, Cello
Roger Bingaman, Piano

December 12th

Festival of Christmas

Enjoy a respite from the hectic world of holiday shopping at the Irving Park Fine Arts series Festival of Christmas. The concert features the combined talents of professional singers, including Carolyn Irvin, Ann McMann, Sarah Stern, Sarah Shepard, Bill Gordon, Christopher Richard, Mike Kotze and Bart Smith, plus the Irving Park Lutheran Chancel Choir, the Contemporary Ensemble and The Bells of Irving Park, IPLC's hand bell choir.

February 27th

Wagner Campos, Clarinet
Roderick Ferguson, Piano


The program most likely include works by the following:

Niels Gade (19th century Danish, in a Schumannesque style) ,Honneger, Ibert & Martinu (three short works comprising a set), Rachmaninoff (our transcriptions of songs from our CD), and maybe a Bernstein Sonata

April 30th

Vocal Music of the British Isles

Debra DeNoon
Buffy Baggot
William Gordon
Anton Briones
Christopher Richard

Songs of Richard Warlock, "Four Last Songs," Ralph Vaughn Williams, "Canticle No. II, Abraham and Isaac", Benjamin Britten, Songs of Henry Purcell

1998 - 1999

Sunday, October 11th

Chamber Music of Russia

  Angela Stramaglia, Soprano Wagner Campos, Clarinet Leslie Fagen, Flute Roderick Ferguson, Piano Roger Bingaman, Piano

Angela Stramaglia, Soprano
Roger L. Bingaman, Piano
Songs by Rachmaninoff
Wagner Campos, Clarinet
Roderick Ferguson, Piano
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
Janis Medina
Leslie Fagen, Flute
Roger L. Bingaman
Flute Sonata


December 13th

Sing-A-Long Messiah

  G.F. Handel

This audience participation version of George Handel's famous 1742 Messiah will consist of the Christmas portion of the oratorio. Conducting the Irving Park Chamber Orchestra will be Roger L. Bingaman

Performers for the afternoon are: Janet Hackett, Mary Zitnik, Todd Wilander, Nicholas Solomon, and The Irving Park Chamber Orchestra



Sunday, January 24th Pianist

Dana Brown


The program included the works of: Domenico Scarlatti, Edvard Grieg, George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninov


Sunday, February 28th


Christopher Laughlin

Classical Guitar


Christopher Laughlin played the works of: J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Yuquiiro Yocoh, Fernando Sor, Joaquin Turina, Joaquin Rodrigo, Agustin Barrios, Paco de Lucia and Paco Pena



Sunday, April 18th

"Hollywood Does Opera" plus
P.D.Q. Bach's "The Seasonings"


The Fine Arts Committee and the 95th Annivrsary Committee present "Hollywood Does Opera" plus P.D.Q. Bach's "The Seasonings"

Performing will be the Chancel Choir with the following guests.

Angela Stramaglia, soprano; Carolyn Irvin, Soprano; Sara Stern, Mezzo-soprano; Cynthia Mallard, Mezzo-soprano; Bart Smith, Baritone; Bob Felbinger, Baritone

1997 - 1998

Saturday, October 25th

Closer Than Ever

  Jeff R. Jones, Director Roger L. Bingaman, Musical Director

Closer Than Ever, by Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics) and David Shire (music), is a musical revue focusing on modern life, relationships and experiences.


Christmas Extravaganza


Christmas Extravaganza, a holiday concert featuring Perfect 5th and the Irving Park Chancel Choir in a program of both secular and sacred music, traditional and contemporary Christmas music, directed by Roger L. Bingaman, Music Director for Bowen Park Opera and Irving Park Lutheran Church.  Perfect 5th includes soprano Jennifer Layman, mezzo-soprano Sara Stern, tenor Erich Buchholz, baritone  John Hacker, and pianist Roger L. Bingaman.  Other soloists in the program are Bart Lind Smith and soprano Carolyn Irvin.


In Recital

Ann McMann, Soprano Dana Brown, Pianist

Richard Strauss; Cäcilie, Nacht, Drei Lieder der Ophelia (Shakespeare), Samuel Barber; Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Otto Respighi Deltà Silvane, Erik Satie; Trois Mélodies de 1916, Je te veux, La Diva de "l'Empire"

Sunday, February 22nd

In Recital

Alexandru Dumitrache, Cello Dana Brown, Piano

Sonata in A Major, op 69 Ludwig van Beethoven, Three Pieces Gabriel Fauré, Sonata in d minor, op. 40 Dmitry Shostakovich


Sunday, April 26

Piano Duo

Roger L. Bingaman and Dana Brown


Muzio Clementi Tre Pezzi Three Pieces, Franz Schubert Fantasie in f minor, op. 103, Georges Bizet Jeux d'enfants, op. 22 Children's Games Scott Joplin Maple Leaf Rag (Arr. Denes Agay), Gladiolus Rag, "The Easy Winners", The Entertainer

1996 - 1997

October 13, 1996

Lieder Abend

Debra Rentz, soprano
Janet Aman Burton, mezzo-soprano
Bill Gordon, tenor
Bart Lind Smith, baritone
Dana Brown and Roger Bingaman, pianists

A program of art songs in the German language included music of R. Schumann, H. Wolf, E. Korngold and J. Brahms.

December 15, 1996

Sing-Along Messiah

Roger L. Bingaman, conductor
Ann McMann, soprano
Jean Marie Minton, mezzo-soprano
Timothy Bradley, tenor
Laurence Cotton, baritone
and the
Irving Park Symphony Orchestra

The program began with a Carol Sing-Along, then went into portions of G. F. Handel's Messiah, with the audience taking the chorus parts.

January 12, 1997

The Chicago Chamber Music Collective

Paula Prates, violin
Christie Vohs, clarinet
Laura Kostur, flute
Charles Shapera, bassoon
Lynn Kompass, piano

The program included works of C.P.E. Bach, Lacerda Osvaldo, William Bolcom, Jules Demersseman, Igor Stravinsky, Antonio Vivaldi, Alexander Scriabin, and William Grant Still

March 9, 1997

Christopher Laughlin
Classical Guitarist

The program included works of Giulio Regondi, Felix Mendelssohn, Agustin Barrios, Manuel De Falla, Manuel M. Ponce, Joaquin Turner, Leo Brouwer, Astor Piazzolla and Paco de Lucia

April 6, 1997

Songs from the Stage


Jennifer Layman, soprano
Sara Stern, soprano
Erich Buchholz, tenor
Robert Felbinger, baritone
Roger L. Bingaman, pianist

The first half of the program featured Broadway show starters and stoppers, hit tunes by Richard Rodgers and Laurence Hart, and love duets from Broadway.  The second half, devoted to Opera and Operetta, included works of Bernstein, Weill, Mozart, Delibes, Bizet and J. Strauss.

1995 - 1996

September 30, 1995

Benefit Concert
Frieda Lee

Frieda Lee and her band entertained with a variety of jazz, blues and popular songs.

October 22, 1995

The Chicago Classical String Quartet

Thomas Yang, violin
Catherine Emes, violin
Kim McLean, viola
Peter Szczepanek, cello

The program consisted of music by Glazanov, Dvorak, Barber, Porter, and Cinema Paradiso arranged by Houser.

December 17, 1995

Sing-Along Messiah

Roger L. Bingaman, conductor
Anne Marie Lewis, soprano
Jeffrey Gaunder, countertenor
Bill Gordon, tenor
Wesley Rowell, bass
and the
Irving Park Symphony Orchestra

A brief Carol Sing-Along opened the program. Excerpts from G. F. Handel's Messiah was the main portion of the program, with the audience taking the choral parts.

January 14, 1996
Opera etc.
Seymour Barab's Operatic Spoof

La Pizza con Funghi

Julia Hurn as Voluptua
Janet Burton as Phobia
Cary Lovett as Scorpio
Paul Scavone as Count Fromaggio
Roger L. Bingaman, accompanist

February 11, 1996

The Music of Scandinavia

Angela Stramaglia, soprano
Ann Vikstrom, mezzo-soprano
Irene Boruszko, flute
Bill Wynn, trombone
Roger Bingaman and Dana Brown, pianists

The program included works of Swedish composers Roman, Hägg and Randel; Finnish composer J. Sibelius; Norwegian composer Grieg; and Danish composer Grøndahl.


January 8, 1995

The Music of Samuel Barber

Anne Marie Lewis, soprano Roger L. Bingaman, pianist A grand beginning for the Irving Park Fine Arts Series

February 17, 1995

The San Benedetto Winds

Irene Boruszko, flute Dan Huey, bassoon Ellen Kratofil, horn Julie Schmidt, oboe Christie Vohs, clarinet Roger L Bingaman, conductor

The San Benedetto Winds, composed of principal players in the Opera San Benedetto Orchestra, performed works of G. Rossini, W. A. Mozart, Jacques Ibert, Carl Nielsen, L. van Beethoven, Eugene Bozza and Scott Joplin.

March 12, 1995

An Afternoon of Opera

Roger L. Bingaman, pianist Janet Aman Burton, mezzo-soprano William Combs, tenor Lawrence Formosa, baritone Anne Marie Lewis, soprano Henry Pleas, tenor Angela Stramaglia, soprano

A program of selections from operas by Georges Bizet, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Kurt Weill, Umberto Giordano, Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky, Charles Gounod, Antonin Dvorak and Giuseppe Verdi.