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Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Selects Trinity Christian College's Ozinga Chapel as Venue for 2017-18 Season 

PARK FOREST, December 20, 2016

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and Trinity Christian College are pleased to announce that the College will serve as the primary venue for the orchestra's 2017-18 main series season. IPO approved the proposal from the College at its December 7, 2016, board meeting. The concerts will be held at the College's Palos Heights campus in the beautiful, 1,165 seat Ozinga Chapel Auditorium. The chapel features comfortable theater-style seating and is home to both a concert grand piano and a 46-rank pipe organ. The venue also features ample free parking.

Currently, the IPO's 6-concert main series season is split among four area venues: the Lincoln-Way West, Central and East High Schools' Center for Performing Arts, along with Governors State University's theater.

"For the past 18 months, our board of directors has spent countless hours researching venue options in the Chicago Southland," said board President Timothy Coburn. "Our goal was to find a single venue that would meet all of our organization's needs--from the musicians to the patrons to our financial stability. Trinity Christian College early on demonstrated a desire to work with us and has extended a warm welcome to their campus."

The IPO has previously performed at Trinity's Ozinga Chapel four times over the past five years, including this past April's Soaring Sounds concert. That concert was preceded by an afternoon of educational sessions centered around music and faith in everyday life, with several sessions led by Trinity professors. Over 50 patrons took advantage of the pre-concert offerings, with more than 500 attending the evening concert of Schubert's Mass in A-flat major.

"We are very excited to welcome IPO, its musicians, and its patrons as regular members of the Trinity community," said Trinity's President Kurt D. Dykstra, J.D. "We look forward to a wonderful relationship and a fantastic artistic experience for the Chicagoland region."

The IPO is currently in a music director search season and will hire the new director in Spring 2017. However, the upcoming 40th anniversary season program planning is underway, and the season dates and repertoire will be announced, with Ozinga Chapel as the Saturday concert series venue, in March.

The next 2016-17 Saturday evening concert is Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 7:30PM at Lincoln-Way East Performing Arts Center in Frankfort. Conductor candidate Maestro Stilian Kirov leads the orchestra in the Slavic Soul program with guest artist Sean Chen, the 2013 American Pianists Award Winner. Chen joins the orchestra for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 3. Tickets are available from $25 in advance at or by calling 708.481.7774. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Trinity Christian College's Ozinga Chapel will serve as the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's venue for its main series concerts in the 2017-18 season.   (Photo courtesy of Trinity Christian College)
Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College
The IPO is YOUR Orchestra in YOUR Community! Now in its 39th season, the IPO is the only professional orchestra in the Chicago Southland. The 2016-17 concerts will feature the top five Music Director candidates, as the IPO searches for a replacement for Maestro David Danzmayr who recently finished a 4-year tenure with the orchestra. The orchestra will hold concerts at Governors State University Center for Performing Arts, as well as Lincoln-Way East, Central and West.

The IPO also stands by its commitment to music education, reaching over 4,000 students with its annual Youth Concerts, as well as sending small ensembles into area schools through its Artists in the Schools program. Further, the IPO offers $5 student tickets (with ID) to any student grade school through college.

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Trinity Christian College, located in Palos Heights, Ill., is an accredited liberal arts college offering more than 70 programs of study, master's degree programs in counseling psychology and special education, and an Adult Studies accelerated program. Founded in 1959, the college is a community of Christian scholarship committed to shaping lives and transforming culture and is continually ranked in the top tier among Regional Colleges-Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more, visit

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