2017-18 CULTURAL EXCHANGE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR DECEMBER 17
For the second consecutive season the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra and Chicago Chopin Society perform Christmas Spectacular at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence in Chicago, Sunday December 17, 3PM. It features an International Sing-along of Carols and selections from the Messiah, Czech diva Edita Randova, pianist/composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski, and 6 year old vocalist Penelope Simmons.
Mezzosoprano Edita Randova has thrilled audiences around the world with her concert and operatic appearances, and is considered one of the leading Czech singers of our time. She will perform excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, works by Dvorak and Smetana, and traditional Czech Christmas music. Highlights of Ms. Randova’s international career include cultural exchange performances in Australia, China, Brazil, and at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, Ms. Randova was given the Gustav Mahler European Prize for her outstanding contribution to music, and in 2010 received the prize “La Reconnaissance culturelle Medaile d´OR Internationale.”
Christmas Spectacular will be fun for the whole family, with its sing-along including choruses from the Messiah and popular Christmas carols sung in English, Polish, and Czech. Joining Ms. Randova and the LCO will be soprano Justine Izewski and harpsichordist Danuta Kuzminska. The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Philip Simmons, will perform well known American Holiday works by Leroy Anderson, Irving Berlin, and Johnny Moss.
To further explore the culture of the Czech Republic, Ms. Randova will speak about Czech Holiday traditions. Mr. Golembiowski, will perform piano music by Chopin composed there. The orchestra will be featured in “Meditation on an Old Bohemian Chorale” by Joseph Suk
The 2017-18 Cultural Exchange Festival consists of four diverse concerts, presented in partnership by American Music Festivals and the Chicago Chopin Society. It opened June 11 with Kupala – St. Johns Night: A Summer Solstice Concert with music of Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, and Poland, at St. Barbara Catholic Parish. On September 2, at Taste of Polonia, a Polish-American Friendship Concert honored the 200th Anniversary of the death of American Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko. The Festival concludes February 10 with a Chinese New Year Concert at St. Barbara Catholic Church, near Chicago’s Chinatown. Sponsors of the Festival include the Copernicus Foundation, Polish National Alliance, Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, and the American Council for Polish Culture.
By connecting cultures and exploring musical languages, the Festival is bringing Chicago’s communities together. Tickets for the December 17 Christmas Spectacular are $15, $25, and $35, and are available on line. For more information call 773-262-9699.