The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra and composer/pianist Jaroslaw Golembiowski perform a concert celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 10, 6PM, at St. Barbara Catholic Parish, 2859 S. Throop, Chicago.  Philip Simmons conducts music from Bao Yuankai’s “Chinese Sights and Sounds,” selections from the “Butterfly Lover’s Concerto,” and the world premiere of “Fantasy for Violin and Piano with String Orchestra” by Gong Qian Yang.  The orchestra will be joined by violin soloists Claire Arias-Kim and Esme Arias-Kim.   

This is the second Chinese New Year’s Concert performed by the LCO, after last year’s standing-room only program at the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library.  In attendance was Mr. Hong Lei, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, and many community leaders who enjoyed a program of Chinese classical and folk music infused with Western works inspired by Chinese culture.  The upcoming February 10 program is presented free to the community, and promises to attract a huge audience to St. Barbara’s Catholic Parish in Bridgeport (just next door to Chinatown).

The Chinese New Year Concert concludes the 2017-18 Cultural Exchange Festival in Chicago, presented in partnership by the Chicago Chopin Society and American Music Festivals.  The Festival opened at St. Barbara’s Church in June with Kupala: A Summer Solstice Concert (music of Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, and Poland) and continued with two concerts at the Copernicus Center: a Polish-American Friendship Concert at Taste of Polonia and Christmas Spectacular which featured Czech music.  

Sponsors of the 2017-18 Cultural Exchange Festival include the Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation, Copernicus Foundation, Chicago Czech Center, Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, Polish National Alliance, the American Council for Polish Culture, and Loeber Motors.

By connecting cultures and exploring musical languages, the Festival is bringing Chicago’s communities together.  Admission is free (suggested donation $15) to the February 10th Chinese New Year Concert.  For more information call 773-262-9699.