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.