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Concert donations can be mailed to:
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Park Ridge Fine Arts Society

P.O. Box 89A Park Ridge, IL 60068

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7/31  Come join the Chicago Band directed by Brian Patti.  Also, Whole Foods is sponsoring the food for pre-concert “Mayor David Schmidt’s 4th annual grilling for the Arts” fundraiser event.  

The Chicago Big Band Directed by Brian Patti Band

Friday, July 31, 2015 • “Tribute to Frank Sinatra”

M.C. Denny Farrell

A Celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

  •  Friday, July 31, 2015

My Kind of Town..…………………….

Come Fly With Me……………….……    

All or Nothing At All……..….….……

Opus No. One………………..………….

Hello Young Lovers……………….…..

Almost Like Being In Love………….

The Way You Look Tonight…….….

Where or When…………..…………..       

Chicago Big Band



Tommy Dorsey

Julie Andrews

Natalie Cole



My Secret Love………….……………… 

Summer Wind…..………………………

Fly Me To The Moon………………..

Doris Day



Rolling In The Deep………………….

I’ve Got You Under My Skin.…….

Night and Day………………..………..

New York, New York………………..

Taking A Chance On Love………….

You Make Me Feel So Young..…..

My Way……..……………………………..


Sing, Sing, Sing………………………….



Ella Fitzgerald


Helen Forrest



Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman

 Questions, Email Brian Patti:  

Orchestra Members

Bobby Schiff – keyboards

David Kovnat – drums

Dick Bunn – bass guitar

Mike Sassetti – guitar

Jack Baron – tenor sax & clarinet

Rich Corpolongo – alto sax, flute & clarinet

Ralph Wilder – alto sax, flute & clarinet

Jerry DiMuzio – baritone sax & clarinet

Doug Scharf – trumpet

Bob Ojeda – trumpet

Kirk Garrison – trumpet

Bill Porter – trombone

Scott Bentall – trombone

Mike Young – trombone

Bob Duda – vocalist

Frankie Wesson – vocalist

M.C., Denny Farrell, Big Band Hall of            Fame Inductee.

Winner of the National Ballroom & Ent. Assoc. Award for his radio show.

Bobby Schiff – keyboards, has performed with Mel Torme, Peggy Lee & Bobby Rydel.

David Kovnat – personal drummer for twenty years with Bobby RydellOur trombone section performed with Frank Sinatra Sr.

Every Thursday evening from 7:30p.m. – 10:30p.m. – Dancing to the Brian Patti Orchestra

Mango Restaurant 8743 N. Milwaukee at Dempster in Niles

For info: 

Questions, Email Brian Patti:  


Friday July 31st, The Chicago Big Band Directed by Brian Patti “Tribute to Frank Sinatra” and BBQ Fundraiser








7/31 wear your Hawaiian best!!!  Hawaiian shirts, moo-moos, whatever you got.  

Before the orchestral play, the Aldermen are honoring the memory of our mayor and hosting “Mayor David Schmidt’s 4th Annual Grilling for the Arts.  Support Concerts in the Park by participating in the BBQ Festivities!!!  They’ll be grilling till the food runs out.  Buy one of the Aldermen’s BBQ treats and support the concerts as well.  

Sponsored by

Whole Foods Market, Park Ridge


Park Ridge Organizations.  If you’d like the advertising exposure to our large crowd, then click the Advertisers Page and contact us.  We can include you in our weekly program handout.   


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2015 CONCERTS IN THE PARK presented by


Barbara Schubert, Music Director and Conductor

Enjoy another wonderful summer season of free Friday night concerts in front of our Park Ridge City Hall at Hodges Park.  This year marks the 55th year of our very own mini-Ravinia, which will include 5 Orchestral Concerts and 1 Big Band.  Barbara Schubert masterfully directs the Park Ridge Symphony Orchestra comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the music community.   With a performed repertoire of over 2,000 works, she has brought a wealth of musical knowledge and experience to the podium and has led the Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony with energy, artistry and imagination since 2003.  The Park Ridge Fine Arts Society ( compliments the PRCO concerts during the winter season at the Pickwick Theatre by providing free music to our community outdoors, in a family setting, during the warm summer months on the lawn in front of City Hall at Prospect & Vine.   Bring your tables, chairs, food and beverage and join us under the trees at Hodges Park.  

Honor the memory of Mayor David F. Schmidt at the Brian Patti concert.  Concerts in the Park was one of our Mayor’s favorite events.  Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and partake in the BBQ delicacies cooked by our very own alderman during the Brian Patti Concert on 7/31.   Make a donation in his memory.

 The Park Ridge Fine Arts Society relies upon donations and sponsorships for these concerts.  You can make a  difference.  Make a donation online to your left below table of contents.  

2015 Concert Schedule (Concerts start at 8pm):  

July 31  —  Brian Patti Big Band:  Tribute to Frank Sinatra 

During Brian Patti, bring your appetite and some cash/check for **Dave’s Fourth Annual BBQ Grilling for the Arts, Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Park Ridge to honor the memory of Mayor David Schmidt.  Wear your Hawaiian best.  Our aldermen will be grilling.  All donations will benefit future concerts.  

August 7  —  1976 (70’s Rock Hits)

Sponsored by Park Ridge Park District 

August 14  —  Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (Big Band)

Sponsored by Park Ridge Park District

November 7 – Annual dinner/dance fundraiser at Park Ridge Country Club

Looking forward to another wonderful evening Saturday November 7, 2015 at Park Ridge Country Club!!!  The evening will be filled with the usual delicious country club meal, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and dancing!!!  My filet mignon is always perfect.  The veal and bass was the same.  Mark your calendar for Saturday November 7, 2015 and join us for the next dinner.
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If you did not have the opportunity to come, just join us next time.  Thanks again for  your support!!!  Donations are always welcome. 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our annual fundraiser and donated to support Symphony Concerts in the Park.  

Make a 2015 donation and help us keep this legacy alive.  We are a 501 C 3, so your donation is tax deductible. 

Mayor David Schmidt and Park Ridge Aldermen
Mayor David Schmidt and Park Ridge Aldermen



Mayor David Schmidt, Aldermen Dan Knight (5), Marty Maloney (7), Marc Mazzuca (6), Nick Milissis (2), Jim Smith (3), Roger Shubert (4), Alison Harrington and supporting staff
Mayor David Schmidt, Aldermen Dan Knight (5), Marty Maloney (7), Marc Mazzuca (6), Nick Milissis (2), Jim Smith (3), Roger Shubert (4), Alison Harrington and supporting staff
Thank you Mayor Schmidt and all the Aldermen for showing us your culinary skills and grilling at our Fundraiser BBQ Friday July 25th, 2014.  Whole Foods donated the food and it’s greatly appreciated.  We successfully raised $2,200 to contribute to the future of our Park Ridge “Concerts in the Park”. 
 Thanks to Whole Foods. Concerts in the Park really appreciates your help!!!
Thanks to Whole Foods. Concerts in the Park really appreciates your help!!!
Thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraisser.  We collected $3,400.  This coupled with the BBQ funds total $5, 600 from Friday’s event!!!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  We greatly appreciate it.  Please keep it coming. 
You make it happen!!!     
Register with us online and we will enter your email in our gift basket drawing.  
Thanks Chief Bob Szkwarek and thanks to the Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses for sponsoring our June 27, 2014 “Heroes Through the Ages” concert.  $3,000 was distributed from their Christmas Tree sale proceeds and greatly needed by our organization to continue our symphony concerts. 

 Bob Szkwarek and PRIS members at Concerts in the Park

Bob Szkwarek and members of PRIS nation. $3,000 sponsor of 6/27/2014 Concert


 The Park Ridge Indian Scouts and Indian Princesses

Emily Kosaka, Amy Noble, Kimberly Walters July 11, 2014 PRCW Gift Basket Raffle Raised $2,180

Emily Kosaka, Amy Noble, Kimberly Walters July 11, 2014 PRCW Gift Basket Raffle Raised $2,180


We are all looking forward to a warm 2014 Friday night concert in the park.  Go to our Events Calendar for our 2014 schedule.  The 2014 season will last June 20th through August 8th with 4 orchestral concerts, Brian Patti July 25th, and music provided by PRPD July 3, August 1 and August 8th.  We will be listing donations over $50 in our summer booklet, so take the opportunity to show your support!!!

***Park Ridge Park District will be selling food for the convenience of our patrons and families.  Spuntino’s pizza and hot dogs from vending truck.  You can buy something in the park, take a break from cooking and just enjoy the evening.  (Except during Taste of PR and Brian Patti Concert).

Our board members and our kids had great fun passing out bookmarks at the 2014 Memorial Day parade. 

2014 Memorial.Day.Parade

Hope you’ve enjoyed our Hodges Park Concerts in the Park.  PRFAS will diligently continue our fundraising efforts to ensure the future of our Summer Concerts.  This continues as a gift to our community and a labor of love for our board members, but we need your help.  Make a donation and let us know of any organizations willing to sponsor and support our concerts.  Email us at  See below to see how $81,000 was spent for the 2011 concert season. 

Here is how $81,000 was spent for 2011′s 7 orchestral and 1 Big Band concerts.  It averages about $10,000 per orchestral concert, which represents our average cost for each orchestral concert.  Due to reduced funding, we mitigated 2014 season to 4 orchestral concerts and 2015 is looking the same as of 2014 year-end.   

  1. 1.  $57,000, or 70% of the total, for the 50 piece orchestra, which is made up of the finest free-lance professional musicians in the Chicago area.
  2. 2.  $14,000, or 17% of the total, for the sound system.
  3. 3.  $6,000, or 8% of the total, for music, licenses, printing, insurance and other expenses.
  4. 4.  $4,000, or 5% of the total, added to reserves.
  5. 5.  Nil for the board members since we are all volunteers.
  6. 6.  Resources and facilities provided by PRPD and the City of Park Ridge.

Funding Sources

2011 Donations Pie Chart

$81,000 Concert Expenses

2011 Expense Allocation Chart

Weather Alert Protocol!!!  Join us at 8pm to see if the weather allows the musicians to play and for us to proceed.  We don’t know till then.  Scroll below or see event calendar for 2014 concert schedule.  

We thank the Park Ridge Park District and the City of Park Ridge for use of their resources and facilities.  We are a Park Ridge 501 C (3) not for profit organization whose board members solicit donations and work to make the concerts possible as a labor of love, but funding by sponsors and organizations continue to diminish.  We would appreciate help with sponsorship and donations.  Let us know if there are any organizations willing to sponsor a concert or make a donation and we will contact them.  Our email is  Please make a donation below if you’d like to be listed as donor.  We list all donations $50 and over.  Donations June 2013 to June 2014 will be listed in our 2014 booklet




 You can help support the continuation of our concerts by making a   donation, sponsoring a concert or a page in our 2014 ad booklet or   participating in our November 2014 benefit.  See our advertisers section for contact information.

 If you are a business in Park Ridge and would like to support the concerts and our audience of thousands by advertising in our booklet or weekly flyer, go to Advertisers Page and see our pricing and call one of the board members if any questions.   

Lauren and Dash at Concert
Lauren and Dash at Concert 


Providing Free Concerts In Park Ridge

Concerts in the Park Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony Summer 2014 – Our 54th Year!

Barbara Schubert, Music Director and Conductor

  • Four orchestral concerts June 20, 2014 to July 18, 2014 by Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony, a 50-piece ensemble of the finest free-lance professional musicians in the Chicago area.
  • Brian Patti Big Band – July 25th in Hodges Park.
  • Bands sponsored by PRPD July 3rd, August 1st and August 8th.  All concerts are at 8 pm in Hodges Park, in front of Park Ridge City Hall, except July 3rd Fireworks at Maine East HS.

Help Support Our Summer Concerts!

Concert donations can be mailed to:
Park Ridge, IL 60068