Catching up with West Suburban Symphony in Illinois

Posted on: November 14, 2013

“If spirituality is a prism of lights illuminating the mysteries of life and death, then the West Suburban Symphony is catching several of those beams for its Nov. 17 concert,” writes Dorothy Andries in Thursday’s (11/14) The Doings (Clarendon Hills, Illinois). “The afternoon program at St. Joseph Chapel includes ‘Gloria’ for chorus and brass ensemble by the English composer John Rutter, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (‘Reformation’) and the Overture to ‘The Magic Flute’ by Mozart. The 35-piece ensemble will also play ‘Air on a G String’ from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1.… This will be the West Suburban Symphony’s third concert of the 2013-14 season, which is its 67th. ‘We have a chamber orchestra of about 35 members, a full symphony of about 70, a 75-voice chorus, and the full orchestra plays our summer concerts,’ said symphony president Rich Lukes. The ensembles play in numerous venues. ‘We’re all over the place,’ Lukes admitted, ruefully. ‘I would love to find a permanent home for the orchestra, but one does not seem to be available.’ ‘We keep hoping for a permanent home,’ agreed conductor Peter Lipari, who has been on the podium of the community orchestra since 2001. … The president does find an upside to this situation, however. ‘By moving around we tap into different audiences,’ he said.”

Posted November 14, 2013