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IlyKaler will perform violsolo during Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's Feb. 16 concert Frankfort Feb. 17 concert Palos Heights.

Ilya Kaler will perform a violin solo during Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's Feb. 16 concert in Frankfort and Feb. 17 concert in Palos Heights.

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Updated: March 16, 2013 6:10AM



Here is a look at upcoming concerts.

Gigs include the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s Classical III concerts in Frankfort and Palos Heights and Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz’s show with Ann Stewart and her Banjo Buddies in Chicago Ridge.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

Hailed as one of the world’s great violinists, Ilya Kaler will be the soloist for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s February concerts.

The 8 p.m. Feb. 16 show will be a IPO’s home stage at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center, 19900 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort.

The 3 p.m. Feb. 17 concert will be at Trinity Christian College’s Ozinga Chapel, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights.

Kaler, who is billed as the only violinist to win gold medals at the world’s three largest violin competitions — the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition and the Paganini Competition — will showcase his talent and artistry as soloist in the Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Violin Concerto.”

Born in Russia, Kaler was a son of an orchestra musician and showed enormous talent as a youth.

After making his mark in Europe, Kaler performed with renowned American orchestras and has been a professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and Indiana University.

He is professor of violin at DePaul University in Chicago.

The program will also feature the Chicago premiere of “Divertimento for Small Orchestra,” a work by American composer Lee Actor, resident composer of the Palo Alto Philharmonic in California.

Actor will be in Chicago for the premiere and will join IPO executive director Andrew Bradford for a preconcert conversation at 7 p.m. just prior to the Feb. 16 performance.

“We will open the program with an American piece by Mr. Actor. And after looking thoroughly at the score I can really say that this is going to be the perfect companion piece for the (piece by Joseph) Haydn,” IPO music director David Danzmayr said.

“Folkloristic elements, great rhythm and a real sense of musical joy are presented by a composer who clearly knows how to write for orchestra. I am sure that the audience will absolutely be bowled over by this composition.”

“We are delighted to present another concert that pairs a classical masterpiece like the Tchaikovsky with a fine American work,” Bradford said.

“There are very few conductors who are as deeply committed to performing American music as Maestro Danzmayr, and I think that as our audiences hear more and more examples of great American works on IPO concerts, such as Lee Actor’s piece, they will develop a real affinity with them.”

Rounding out the program will be Haydn’s “Symphony No. 92 (Oxford).”

Tickets are $35-$55 for adults and $5 for students with identification.

Information: (708) 481-7774, ipomusic.org.

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Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz

Ann Stewart and her Banjo Buddies will perform at the Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz concert set for 2-5 p.m. Feb. 17 at Glendora Banquets, 102nd Street and Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge.

Based in the Chicago area, the group is billed as one of the most unique and exciting musical attractions.

“Don’t let their name fool you. This is not a banjo band as their name might imply,” officials said.

“This is a high-energy Dixieland show band. They have been performing throughout the country with their unique, contemporary style of Dixieland entertainment for over three decades.”

The band was formed in the early 1970s by the now-retired tenor banjoist Ed McIntyre.

At its inception the band was more of a banjo band, hence the name. The band’s style has changed through the years, but the members have kept the name simply because of name recognition.

The group also operates under the name the Ann Stewart Jazz Ensemble.

“Thanks to the marketing efforts and talents of Ann Stewart and her dedicated band members, the band has evolved into one of the premier Dixieland show bands in the country,” officials said.

“While the banjo is the focal point in the band, it is their high-energy approach to this style of music that contributes to their popularity.

“Their eclectic style includes everything from hot Dixieland jazz to swing, blues, big band tunes, novelty tunes and much more — all presented in an entertaining fashion with vocals.”

The group includes Stewart as the leader and on the four-string plectrum banjo, Tim Stewart on trombone, Al Ramsey on trumpet, Verne Rind on drums, and Mike Zudis on bass.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Students with identification can attend for no charge.

Information: (708) 672-3561, illianajazz.com.

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