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"Sounds of Korea"

Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra presents
"Sounds of Korea"

Sunday, March 18, 2012  3PM

Lincolnwood Community Center
6900 N. Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (847) 673-1540

Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra
Philip Simmons, Founder and Music Director

Free Admission - call 224-456-2399


The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra performs “Sounds of Korea” on Sunday, March 18, 3pm, at the Lincolnwood Community Center, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave,, Lincolnwood.

Founder and Music Director Philip Simmons conducts Isang Yun’s Tapis for Strings and two works commissioned by the Sejong Cultural Society especially for this concert: wu-ri-no-rae by Chicago composer Eun Young Lee and "Images from Folk Tales" for Violin and String Orchestra by Sungki Kim.

Violin soloist Jennifer Cha also performs Fritz Kreisler’s Preludium and Allegro.



wu-ri-no-rae (Our Song, 우리노래 ) by Eun Young Lee
Images from Folk Tales (민화 속으로) by Sungki Kim
Praeludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler

Jennifer Cha, violin

Tapis for Strings by Isang Yun 


Philip Simmons, founder and music director

Phillip SimmonsArtistic Director
American Music Festivals, IL

Music Director
Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra

Resident Conductor
Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands

Philip Simmons has conducted in twenty countries, performing at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, the Musikverein, and the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is able to captivate and engage any audience, both on and off the podium. As Artistic Director of American Music Festivals he serves as Music Director of the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra (Chicago) and Resident Conductor of the Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands.

On July 4, 2004 Mr. Simmons conducted the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. His debut in the Philharmonic Hall was in 1998, when the tradition of sharing American music with Russian audiences on Independence Day began. The next year he conducted the Russian State Symphony in a concert broadcast nationally. He has guest conducted in Russia extensively, and was Associate Conductor of the Orchestra of the Hermitage Theater and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sochi Symphony Orchestra.

In October 2009 Mr. Simmons conducted the Sarajevo Philharmonic in the National Theater of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Working with U.S. Embassies he conducted the St. George Strings (Belgrade, 2006) and Classic Avantgarde Soloists Ensemble (Minsk, 2008), and with Sister Cities International the President's Orchestra (Moscow, 2001) and the Dvorak Chamber Orchestra (Prague, 2006). Also in the Czech Republic he has led the South Bohemia Chamber Philharmonic and Hradec Kralove Philharmonic. Other international orchestras he has conducted include the Varna Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Haifa Symphony, Thueringen Philharmonie, and Ensemble Orchestra Sendai (Japan).

Mr. Simmons founded the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra in 1990, named "Chamber Ensemble of the Year 2000" by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. The orchestra partners with the Village of Lincolnwood and other cultural, educational, and presenting organizations to facilitate concerts and programs of cultural exchange. Recently relocating to the Big Island of Hawaii, Mr. Simmons founded the Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands, now the leading professional orchestra in the state.

Past conducting positions include Music Director of the Russian-American Chamber Orchestra of Chicago, Lake Shore Symphony, and Glenview Symphony. From 2004-2008 Mr. Simmons served as Orchestra Director at Lake Forest Academy, and previously Orchestra Director at Northeastern Illinois University. He has conducted the Chicago Youth Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony). Community orchestras he has led include the Skokie Valley Symphony, Waukegan Symphony, La Porte Symphony (IN), and the Perrysburg Symphony (OH).

He has appeared with William Warfield, Lukas Foss, the Three Russian Tenors, Wendy Warner, Radoslav Kvapil, Anya Makarova, Philippe Muller, Charles Pikler, David Schrader, John Bruce Yeh, Denis Azabagic, Rachel Barton Pine, and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Mr. Simmons has conducted silent film scores on the Chicago Silent Summer Film Festival, and his recordings include "Impressions of Saint Petersburg", dedicated to Maestro Yuri Temirkanov (2000), music of Alexander Tcherepnin (2003) and the 2005 short film "Help Me."

Mr. Simmons received his Master's Degree in Music Composition from DePaul University. In 1989 he attended the conducting seminar at Tanglewood, the last year it was coached by Leonard Bernstein. His teachers include Gustav Meier, Jorma Panula, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Polishuk, Otto-Werner Mueller, Elizabeth Green, Michael Morgan, and Benjamin Zander.

A classical guitarist, Mr. Simmons has performed as soloist with every orchestra under his direction, as well as with the Civic Chamber Ensemble (Chicago), DePaul University Wind Ensemble, and the North Shore Chamber Orchestra. For a season he hosted 'Meet the Maestro," a monthly program on Glenview (IL) Cable Television. He served as Chair of the Wilmette (IL) Fine Arts Commission from 2006-2009.


Jennifer Cha, violin

Jennifer Cha

One of the rising stars of the Chicago music scene, 15 year-old violinist Jennifer Cha is already a veteran of the concert stage.

Jennifer began playing the violin at the age of 4 while living in South Korea. She gave her first violin recital at the age of 7 and made her concerto debut at the age of 11 with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Mina Zikri.

Miss Cha toured Germany in 2003 and Italy in 2005 for performances, including performing for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican as part of the Betty Haag Magical Strings of Youth.

She has won numerous top prizes and awards from various competitions including the Sejong Cultural Society Concerto Competition, the Concerto Competition in Honor of Confucius, MYA Concerto Competition, and DePaul University’s Annual Concerto Festival. In 2009 and 2011, Jennifer was invited to perform at the Korean-American Day celebration at the Richard Daley Hall in Chicago. Jennifer has appeared at the Ravinia Music Festival as part of the Kraft for Kids series.

In 2011, Jennifer was chosen to be one of 6 finalists for From the Top’s Carnegie Hall Big Break Contest out over 400 applicants nationwide, and was featured on NPR’s website as a result. In addition, Jennifer Cha became a finalist in the Crain-Maling Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions.

She has also participated in master classes with Ida Kavafian, Ilya Kaler, and David Bowlin. Jennifer has also been chosen as a scholarship recipient of the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Program where she worked with Ida Kavafian, Melvin Chen, Christopher Shepard, Harumi Rhodes, Jessica Lee, Nicholas Canellakis, Melissa Reardon, and members of the Miró Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, and the Shanghai Quartet.

Highlights of this past season include performing in Music in the Loft’s Rising Stars Concert Series. She has also been chosen to play in Music in the Loft’s 2013 season. She also appeared on From the Top performing Pablo de Sarasate’s Jota Navarra. As a result of winning the Neuqua Valley Concerto Competition, Jennifer performed Ziguenerweisen with the Neuqua Valley Symphony Orchestra. Also, Jennifer was on WFMT’s Introductions Series. She played the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kevin McMahon. She was also a semi-finalist in the Cooper International Violin Competition hosted by Oberlin College where she worked with David Cerone and Gregory Fulkerson. Jennifer has served as the concertmistress of the IMEA All-State Honors Orchestra as well as the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer volunteers for the Fine Arts Healing Program at Edward Hospital in Naperville along with her older sister and friend, where they perform for cancer patients and their families. As a string trio, they also volunteer, performing at various Ronald McDonald’s Houses in the Chicagoland area.

Jennifer studies with Desiree Ruhstrat at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she is a merit scholar recipient. She is a sophomore attending Neuqua Valley High School and currently resides in Naperville, IL with her parents, sister, and dog, Joy.


Listen to Jennifer Cha performing Joy of Ongheya "옹헤야의 기쁨" by Misook Kim at 98.7 WFMT Introductions program
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April 16, 2011 broadcasting (Audio length 3:04)

(Courtesy of 98.7 WFMT Introductions)

Listen to the WFMT "Introductions" full program with Jennifer Cha
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April 16, 2011 broadcasting (Audio length 44;13)

(Courtesy of 98.7 WFMT Introductions)



Songki Kim, composer

Sung Ki Kim, composer

Kim, Sung-Ki

Mr. Kim received his B.M and M.M degrees from the college of music, Seoul National University with professor Lee, Sing-Jae. After completion of the degree, he studied composition with J.Casterede of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (Diplome superieur de composition) with a scholarship from the French government, and studied fugue with M. Bitsch of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris (Premier prix de fugue).

Currently he is professor at the School of Music, Korean National University of Arts.



Eun Young Lee, composer

Eun Young lee

Eun Young Lee received the first prize at Tsang-Houei Hsu International Music Composition Award; the 2008 Max Di Julio Prize at the Nevada Encounters of New Music Festival; won the SCI/ASCAP student composition commission (2006, 2009, 2010); selected as a Norton Stevens Fellow for 2011-2012 MacDowell Colony, a recipient of several fellowship including the MacDowell Colony, Gerald Oshita the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and Yaddo.

Her music is chosen for broadcasts through Art of the States, EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) and is featured in festivals/concerts in many countries, the SCI Journal of Music Scores and CD series. Prominent ensembles have commissioned and have performed her music.

She has earned PhD from the University of Chicago where her teachers include Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska, Jan Radzynski, Bernard Rands, and computer music with Howard Sandroff and Kotoka Suzuki.

website: eunyoungleemusic.com


Isang Yun , composer

Yun Isang

Isang Yun (also spelled Yun I-sang; 17 September 1917 - 3 November 1995) was a Korean-born composer who made his later career in Germany.

Yun's primary musical concern was the development of Korean music through Western musical instruments. After experimenting with 12-tone techniques during his studies at Darmstadt, Yun developed his own musical personality in his works of the early 1960s. Yun's music employed techniques associated with traditional Korean music, such as glissandi, pizzicati and vibrati. Also central to his style was the presence of multiple-melodic lines, which Yun called Haupttöne ("principal" or "main tones").

Yun's composition for symphonic forces followed a systematic pattern. From Bara in 1960 until the Overture of 1974, he concentrated on tone-poem like pieces. He next wrote a series of concerti, beginning with the Cello Concerto of 1975-1976, and climaxing with the First Violin Concerto of 1981. From 1982 until 1987 he wrote a cycle of five symphonies which are interrelated, yet varied structurally. In 1998 violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun recorded his "Sonatina for two violins" and "Pezzo Fatasioso" which was written for Chun Duo.[citation needed]

His life-long concern with his native country and culture was expressed in several of his compositions, including the Exemplum in Memoriam Kwangju which he wrote in 1981 to the memory of the Gwangju massacre. ~ source Wikipedia



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