This Season

Our 26th Season!

November 10, 2019

The Poulenc Trio

The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is excited to announce the first concert of its 26th season. The season begins with a performance of the Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon by Francis Poulenc on Sunday, November 10th. Trio members are Ricardo Castañeda, oboe, Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon and Beatriz Helguera-Snow, piano. The trio will also perform works by Robert Schumann, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzola.

A Brazilian trio will present a Latin Jazz Christmas on December 8th in what promises to be a festive way to usher in the holidays. In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Anne Marie Lewis will perform a program titled Women in Song accompanied by pianist Celia Villacres on February 23rd. Anne Marie was featured in the Fine Arts Committee’s first concert 25 years ago. The final concert of the season will be held on April 26th with Drums of Africa performing an interactive demonstration.

The concerts are free, though donations are welcome. A reception with the artists follows each concert, hosted by the Fine Arts Committee. The concerts are relaxed and casual, lasting about an hour. Perfect for families!

The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is sponsored by Carlson Community Services, a 501c3 non-profit. Its mission is to connect the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service. To learn more, visit carlsoncommunityservices.org or contact Liz Mills at 773.398.6766.

 

December 8th, 2019

A Latin Jazz Christmas

The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is excited to present the Luciano Antonio Trio in a program titled “A Latin Jazz Christmas” on Sunday December 8th. The trio features vocalist and guitarist Luciano Antonio, Heitor Garcia, percussion and Jim Barbick, saxophone performing a Latin-influenced Christmas program as well as Brazilian and Latin standards. Fans of samba, bossa nova and world music won’t want to miss this concert!  A festive reception with the artists will follow the concert, hosted by the Fine Arts committee.

Luciano was born into in a musical family in Brazil. He studied guitar there as a teen, concentrating on Brazilian folk and bossa nova. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance while commuting to Chicago to perform with Chicago Samba, a Brazilian music ensemble. Since relocating to Chicago, Luciano has collaborated with many artists as a guitarist, vocalist and producer as well as performing throughout the Chicago jazz scene as a solo artist. Luciano has made several recordings and recently has toured in Italy, China and Brazil.

Heitor is a drummer and percussionist who has more than 30 years of music experience including performing, arranging, recording, and teaching. Since his arrival to Chicago from Brazil in 1991, he has been an active performer, participating in a large number of events in the U.S. and abroad and has performed with a number of world renowned artists such as The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Joe Vasconcelo’s, Grazyna Auguscik, Warsaw Symphony Orchestra Strings, João Donato Trio, Rogerio Souza, and Paulinho Garcia.

Jim is an active saxophonist/composer/arranger and dedicated music educator.  He attended DePaul University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and DePauw University.  As an educator, Jim leads the award-winning band and jazz program at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago. As a busy performer, Jim has played shows at venues including the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Andys, Hot House, House of Blues and other notable locations.  He has performed with M13, the Ian Torres Big Band, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Big Band of Chicago, the Jazz Members, the Civic Orchestra, Bossa Tres, Paulinho Garcia, Eddie Daniels and Ray Charles. Jim has also played shows at NBC, the Goodman Theater and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 

All concerts are at 2:00 p.m. at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave. The concerts are free of charge, but donations are gladly welcomed. Dates and programs are subject to change.

The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is a program of Carlson Community Services, a non-profit serving the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service. For more information, visit carlsoncommunityservices.org or contact Liz Mills at 773.398.6766.

 

Broadway’s Best

Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.

The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is pleased to present “Broadway’s Best,” on Sunday, February 23rd. The concert will feature popular tunes from favorite Broadway musicals performed by a quartet of vocalists. Sopranos Alicia Berneche and Emily Barnash will be joined by tenor Trenton Baker and Christopher Richard, baritone. Roger Bingaman, Artistic Director of the Fine Arts Series and Music Director at Music Theater Works in Evanston will accompany the singers on piano. The program will highlight songs from past and future Music Theater Works productions.

Alicia Berneche is a renowned American lyric coloratura soprano who has sung leading roles in opera houses throughout the United States and around the globe. She appeared on the stages of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, and as Helen Niles in the new edition of Mourning Becomes Electra. She also appeared at The Goodman Theatre, The Barbican in London, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ and Mary Zimmerman’s Galileo Galilei. In addition to performing, Alicia teaches voice at Glenbrook North High School and at her private studio.

Soprano Emily Barnash is a singer and actress with experience performing opera, musical theater, jazz, rock and Gospel music. She has a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Art degree from DePauw University. Emily’s theater credits include the title role in Susannah, the Witch in Into the Woods, and the Old Woman in Candide.

Tenor Trenton Baker is an actor and singer who made his Chicago theater debut in 2019 with Music Theater Works’ production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Additional Music Theater works credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Originally from Indiana, Trenton studied vocal performance, voice and opera at Indiana State University.

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.

All four vocalists have performed with Music Theater Works. Fans of Broadway musicals won’t want to miss this performance!

The concert will be held at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave., at 2:00 p.m. A reception with the artists will follow the concert, hosted by the Fine Arts Committee. 

The Irving Park Fine Arts Concert Series is in its 26th season of bringing high quality, professional musical and theatrical events to the Irving Park neighborhood. The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is a program of Carlson Community Services, a non-profit serving the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service. For more information, visit carlsoncommunityservices.org or contact Liz Mills at 773.398.6766.

 

****Concert Cancelled**** We regret that the April 26th Fine Arts Concert has been cancelled due to the extension of federal social distancing guidelines through April 30th. We hope to host World Beat Percussion Trio next season. Please take care and be well!

April 26, 2020

World Beat Percussion Trio

The final concert of the season will be held on April 26th with World Beat Percussion Trio performing an interactive demonstration. The Trio features Jeff Handley, Tina Laughlin, and Brandon Podjasek. The concert is at 2:00 p.m. at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave.