NEW CHICAGO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Edward Benyas, Music Director
Drawing on over 60 years of tradition as the second oldest professional orchestra in America’s Second City, the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra brings great music to people of Illinois and music lovers around the world. In addition to regular admission-free concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, for radio and television broadcasts and on commercial recordings.
The Orchestra, under its now retired founder, Maestro Dieter Kober, was among the first of Illinois’ cultural service organizations to reach across cultural and economic lines, bringing the heritage of great classical music to people from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages. Its “Music for Young Listeners” programs throughout Illinois, have introduced thousands of youth to classical music. The massive repertoire of 5000 compositions from the Baroque to the present, through countless performances featuring internationally renowned soloists, have drawn universal praise, including multiple ASCAP awards and the Orchestra of the Year award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Throughout its history, the Orchestra has received kudos from Illinois Governors (famous and infamous), Chicago Mayors, the American Federation of Musicians, and many others:
“One of the most notable success stories in Chicago music.”
“Winning prestige for Chicago abroad.”
“The entire performance has style, pure intonation, accuracy and a good sense of proportion”
“The orchestra displayed a brilliant musical technique, transparency, flexibility, expressiveness and passion.”
“An impressive orchestra with virtuosity and temperament.”
---Ruch Musicny, Warsaw
“The sound of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra is beautiful, refined and always in accurate rhythm and intonation.”
---Korea Times, Seoul
Now sponsored by Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra operates under the musical and administrative direction of Professor Edward Benyas. Named Music Director Designate in 2002, Maestro Benyas will now lead this internationally acclaimed orchestra into its Second Century.