Sunday, March 26th, 2:00 p.m.* (Rescheduled from November)
The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is pleased to present A Tribute to Sondheim on Sunday, March 26th at 2:00 pm. The concert will honor the late composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim who passed away in November 2021. Credited with reinventing the American musical, Sondheim’s works include beloved musicals Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Company and Sunday in the Park with George. The concert will feature vocalists Stephanie Stockstill, Rachel Klippel, Christopher Richard and Lazaro Estrada, accompanied by pianist Roger Bingaman. Both well-known and lesser-known songs from the Sondheim catalog will be featured. The concert will be held at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave. The concert is free, but donations to support future programming are gladly accepted. The concert is rescheduled from its original date in November.
Stephanie Stockstill (she/her)
Stephanie graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and a certificate in Musical Theatre. She has been a part of the music team at Irving Park Lutheran Church for a handful of years and has been performing on stages all over the Chicago area for over a decade; some highlights are as follows. Beverly Arts Center: The Sound of Music (Maria), Black Button Eyes Productions: Mary Rose (as Mary Rose) [and original cast recording], Shockheaded Peter (Mother), and Goblin Market (Laura), Lifeline Theatre: Northanger Abbey (Catherine) [Jeff Nom- Leading], Boho Theatre: A Little Night Music (Charlotte) [Jeff Nom- Supporting], Piven Theatre: Melancholy Play A Chamber Musical (Tilly) [Chicago Tribune Top Ten List], Porchlight Music Theatre: Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Kokandy Productions: Loving Repeating (Georgine Skeene), Music Theatre Works: The Student Prince (Princess Margaret), Circle Theatre: A Little Night Music (Anne). For more information, please visit stephanieblairstockstill.com.
Rachel Klippel (she/her)
Rachel Klippel is a Chicago based Soprano. Chicago credits: Ms. Barley in Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder and Sweeney Todd (Porchlight), “Mrs. Segstrom” in A Little Night Music (BoHo), “Clara” in The Light in the Piazza and Masterclass (Theo Ubique), “Rita/Young Julia” in James Joyce’s The Dead (Court Theatre), Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard and Beaches (Drury Lane), Miracle on 34th Street (Theatre at the Center) and Juno (TimeLine). Regional credits: “Celeste I” in Sunday in the Park with George and “Aggie” in The Game’s Afoot (Peninsula Players). Ms Klippel is also an Adjunct Voice Professor in the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with Roosevelt University. For more information visit www.rachelklippel.com.
Christopher Richard (he/him)
Baritone Christopher Richard is a veteran of Chicago musical theater and regional opera. Chris is originally from Indiana and holds degrees from Butler University and the University of Southern California. In Chicago he has performed with DuPage Opera Theatre, Bowen Park Opera, Music Theater Works and Drury Lane Oakbrook. On a broader scope, he has appeared with Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Aspen Music Festival Opera, Mexico National Chamber Orchestra and New World Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Chris is a music educator who has held positions at Roosevelt University, DePaul University Community Music Division and the Merit School of Music. Chris has been musical director for Music Theater Works Summer Workshop since 2007. He also teaches private voice lessons at Oak Park and River Forest High School and directs the Chicago Opera Theater for Teens, a program in partnership with After School Matters. He is the assistant music director at Irving Park Lutheran Church and director of their Contemporary Ensemble.
Laz Estrada (they/them)
Laz Estrada was most recently seen in Theo Ubique’s Godspell as the “All Good Gifts” soloist. In 2020 they were part of Porchlight Music Theatre’s New Faces series. Some of their favorite Chicago credits include: Porter’s Can Can (“Theophile”), A Little Night Music (“Mr. Erlanson”), 110 in the Shade (“Jimmy Curry”), and Guys and Dolls (“Nathan Detroit”). Laz is thankful to their friends, cast, and creative team for all their support. Follow Laz on IG: @lazestrada
Roger Bingaman (he/him)
Roger L. Bingaman is the Music Minister and Director of Communications at Irving Park Lutheran Church and Artistic Director of the Irving Park Fine Arts Series. He is the Music Director at Music Theatre Works where he has conducted Ragtime, White Christmas, Into the Woods, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Peter Pan, Gypsy, Candide, Die Fledermaus, Mame, My Fair Lady, The Fantasticks, South Pacific, Cabaret, H.M.S. Pinafore, Oliver!, Camelot, The Secret Garden, The Student Prince, Brigadoon, Hello, Dolly!, Carousel and many other productions.
From 1999 to 2019, “Bing” was the director of the apprentice program and chorus master for the Sarasota Opera, where he began his tenure in 1998 as an assistant conductor. He was also choir director and organist at Ezra Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish congregation in Skokie. Bing has worked with Lyric Opera’s Opera-in-the-Neighborhoods program, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Aspen Music Festival, the Savoyaires, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Dayton Opera, Opera Lenawee and Opera Lafayette, among other companies.
The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee was created by Roger Bingaman, Director of Music at Irving Park Lutheran Church. Now in its 29th season, the intent of the series is to bring high quality, professional musical and theatrical events to the northwest side of Chicago, free of charge. For more information, contact Liz Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Program & Date Subject to Change.