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.