Founded in 1990, the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra became part of American Music Festivals in 2002. One of Chicago’s leading professional ensembles, it was named Chamber Ensemble of the Year in 2000 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Flexible in its composition, the LCO easily collaborates with a wide variety of programs and special events. Led by its Founder and Music Director Philip Simmons, the orchestra is preparing to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.
Serving the Lincolnwood community and appearing throughout Chicagoland, the LCO facilitates American Music Festivals’ mission of cultural exchange. The orchestra has appeared at diverse venues like the Harris Theater, Copernicus Center, North Shore Center for the Arts, Chicago Cultural Center, Northeastern Illinois University, Lutkin Hall (Northwestern University), Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, North Shore Congregation Israel, Baha’i House of Worship, St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church, American Islamic College, Benito Juarez Community Academy, and the Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown Branch.
The LCO maintains an excellent artistic reputation throughout Chicagoland. Renowned soloists who have appeared with the LCO include William Warfield, Lukas Foss, Rachel Barton-Pine, Wendy Warner, Dennis James, Denis Azebagic, Emir Nuhanovic, and David Schrader. Numerous musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have performed with the orchestra including Albert Igolnikov, John Bruce Yeh, Charles Pikler, Samuel Magad and Ruben Gonzalez. In 2016 the LCO was featured at the Sir Georg Solti Memorial Festival in Chicago.
With a long tradition of working closely with the Village of Lincolnwood, the LCO has given concerts in the Community Center, Village Hall, Lincoln Hall Middle School, the Library, Proesel Park, St. John's Lutheran Church, Lincolnwood Town Center, Lincolnwood Place Retirement Community, Loeber Motors Mercedes Benz Dealership, and Grossinger's Cadillac Showroom. The orchestra has appeared on numerous performing arts series including at the Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation, Chicago Silent Summer Film Festival (Portage Theater), Skokie Public Library, Northbrook Public Library, and Wilmette Fine Arts Commission Recital Series.