Saturday, April 14, 2018

SSO’s Got Talent! Fundraiser

Dinner, Talent & Silent Auction

Aviana Banquets
11142 Southwest Highway
Palos Hills, IL 60465

A snappy evening is in store for guests who can choose to go one step beyond dinner

and a silent auction to “audition” and be part of the entertainment. You could even win a $500 cash prize as determined by other guests’ votes.

More information here


2017-18 Season Venues

Holiday Destinations Concert

Sunday, December 3, 2017
St. George Church
6707 175th St., Tinley Park, IL


All non-holiday concerts are held in the Ozinga Auditorium of Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Dr. (Rt. 83), Palos Heights, IL


Current Season

David Crane has been Music Director of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra in Palos Heights since 1992. His conducting career began as Music Director of the NIH Chamber Orchestra, Bethesda, MD. He was subsequently appointed Director of the New Music Ensemble at the University of Houston where he collaborated with the opera department in a production of Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel, programmed other early 20th century masterworks, and premiered faculty compositions. Upon receiving his Master’s Degree in Conducting from Northwestern University, he conducted the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra for four seasons.

In 2011 Crane founded the Chroma Chamber Orchestra, in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston. Comprised of many CSO and Lyric Opera Orchestra members, CCO’s emphasis is the wealth of late romantic and early 20th century literature for chamber orchestra. Its concerts had the heading “Music, Art, Dance, Literature – A Multifaceted Concert Experience.” Reviewed by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune, he wrote“…a cohesive and finely-disciplined group despite being just out of the starting gate…” The CCO has produced four concerts to date.

An advocate of using symphonic music as a vehicle for social justice, David Crane founded and was Music Director of the Metropolitan Arts Orchestra from 1994-1999, producing, procuring funding, and conducting benefit concerts for the Evanston Ecumenical Action Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Tri-Village and Northwest Suburban PADS. Guest conducting engagements include the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and on four occasions the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland. As a free-lance trumpeter in Washington D.C., he substituted and played extra with the National Symphony.

The son of a foreign-service officer, Crane spent much of his youth in Munich, Germany and Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan.