The Chicago Chopin Society has established a vibrant tradition of partnership with American Music Festivals, presenting performances by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra in a variety of venues throughout Chicagoland.  They share a mission of promoting cultural exchange and working together have focused on exploring Polish classical repertoire and folk traditions.  Their concerts feature Polish American performers, with a commitment to new music with a respect for artistic heritage.

Many of their unique programs are given to commemorate important historical events, reaching new audiences from diverse backgrounds to learn about Polish culture.  The organizations co-presented the 2017-18 International Cultural Exchange Festival in Chicago, a four-concert series showcasing the beauty and influence of Polish music.  In September of 2018 they joined with Save St. Adalbert Church for a fundraising concert at the Church, celebrating Poland’s 100th Anniversary of Independence.  They have also performed together on concerts at the Taste of Polonia Festival (Poland’s Great Composers, Kosciuszko Memorial, and Old Traditions – New Frontiers) and two Christmas Spectaculars at the Copernicus Center.  

With “If Chopin met Paderewski…” the Chicago Chopin Society and American Music Festivals continue to show artistic leadership in the community, proudly presenting the United States premiere of Paderewski’s Suite in G for Strings.  


Ignacy Jan Paderewski              Legenda No. 1 (Legend No. 1) in A flat major,  Miscellanea, Op.16, No.1 (ca. 1886-88)                                   

Fryderyk Chopin                       Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1 (1838)
Fryderyk Chopin                       Leci liscie z drzewa (Leaves Falling from the Tree), Op.74, No. 17 (1836)  
Ignacy Jan Paderewski              Hej Orle Biały (Hey, White Eagle) (1918)

Fryderyk Chopin                        Mazurkas for Voice and Piano, arr. Pauline Viardot 

Ignacy Jan Paderewski               Mazurka, Op. 9, No. 2 (1836)
Fryderyk Chopin                        Mazur (1838) from Prague Ossian library (in Vaclav Hanka’s diary,  words by Ignacy Maciejowski arr. Jaroslaw. Golembiowski       

Fryderyk Chopin                        Wiosna (Spring) in G minor, Op. 74, No. 2 (1838)

Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra

Philip Simmons, Founder and Music Director

Mieczystaw Karłowicz              Finale from Serenade for String Orchestra, op. 2        

Fryderyk Chopin                       Four Preludes from op, 28, arr. P. Simmons                       

Ignacy Jan Paderewski           Suite in G major for Strings (US premiere)

Ignacy Jan Paderewski             (March from Manru, arr. P. Simmons)                    

Michał Ogiński                          Farewell to the Fatherland , arr. Ilya Levinson 

More information:  Chicago Chopin Society  or American Music Festivals.


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