Carlson Community Services is proud to sponsor the Irving Park Fine Arts Committee, and its classical music concert series. The goal of the series is to provide the Irving Park community with a variety of high quality professional musical and theatrical events, offered at no charge. The committee also seeks to provide professional Chicagoland musicians, theatrical directors, dancers and actors a venue for performance and artistic growth. Concerts are held in the Irving Park Lutheran Church sanctuary.
The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee was founded in 1995 by Roger L. Bingaman with the purpose of providing quality musical concerts for the Irving Park community. From its inception The Fine Arts Series’ concerts were given for the nominal cost of a free will offering thus making them accessible to all. Performances have ranged from classical music concerts to a jazz cabaret to choral and liturgical music. Dance performances and children’s theater productions also have been performed.
Opera, piano, classical guitar, woodwind and string quartets are some of the types of classical music that have been presented. At the holidays, a Christmas concert offers respite from the rush of the season. In some years, a Sing-Along Messiah with full orchestra is performed. A few experiments into popular music gave a gospel band, a jazz singer and an a cappella men’s choral group a venue. Children’s musical theater productions have recently been made a permanent part of the series.