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Thank you for patronage.  With your support, we are celebrating 2014, our 54th year.

These concerts are sponsored in part by the Music Performance Fund of the American Federation of Musicians as administered by the Chicago Federation of Musicians.  We thank the MPF and CFM as well as the organizations below whose resources make our concerts possible.  Funding has forced us to mitigate to 4 orchestral and 1 big band, but the Park Ridge Park District has graciously agreed to provide talented musical groups August 1st and August 8th so we can continue our Friday night summers in Hodges Park.

  • The City of Park Ridge
  • The Park Ridge Recreation & Park District

You can help us.  Join us for our Fundraiser Dinner-dance at Park Ridge Country Club Saturday November 1, 2014, or make a donation.  You can mail a check to our PO Box or make a donation online.  See our 2014 schedule below.

***Park Ridge Park District will be selling food for the convenience of our patrons and families.  Pizza, hot dogs, drinks from vending truck.  You can buy something in the park, take a break from cooking and just enjoy the evening.

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8 pm    Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony

“The Heart of Europe” 

Melodious music from Late Romantic composers of Central Europe opens the season, including Suk’s exquisite Scherzo fantastique, Dvorak’s engaging Symphony No. 8 in G Major, and Smetana’s ever-popular The Moldau.

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8 pm    Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony

“Heroes Through the Ages”

Heroes of History, Heroes of Legend, and Heroes of Hollywood are celebrated through music of Beethoven, Grieg, Sibelius, and Wagner, along with theme songs from heroic films of our time: Robin Hood, The Magnificent Seven, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more. 

Thursday July 3, 2014 at 8 pm    Fireworks at Maine East High School, not Hodges Park

“New Standard Quintet”   Music sponsored by the Park Ridge Park District 

Featuring vocalists Paul Mabin and Sarah Young, performing “The American Song”, a retrospective that will feature the music made famous by the  most legendary artists in American music history, ranging Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8 pm    Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony

“Broadway Bonanza” 

Baritone Thomas Forde – a Park Ridge native who has sung at major opera houses in Seattle, Sante Fe, and Zurich – returns to his hometown for this year’s Broadway night, featuring selections from musicals by Frederick Loewe, Richard Rodgers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more.  On the Taste of Park Ridge weekend. 

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8 pm    Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony

“Russian Riches” 

Summer 2014’s four-concert orchestra series concludes with an exhilarating all-orchestral program:  Borodin’s captivating Prince Igor Overture, Tchaikovsky’s powerful and dramatic Symphony No. 4 in F minor, plus selected shorts by Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov. 

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8 pm    Brian Patti Big Band

“Top Ten Dance Hits Over the Decades” 

To cap the 2014 season, the Brian Patti Big Band presents a lively program of dance music by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Whitney Houston, and more, in conjunction with a fundraising evening to help ensure the future of the Concert in the Park Series. 

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 8 pm    Music sponsored by the Park Ridge Park District 

“The New Invaders”

Performing a wide variety of hits from the  1964 British Invasion including the American bands of the era through the Woodstock era of 1969. Using vintage instruments and attire, The New Invaders become the musical acts they tribute with sight and sound authenticity. Both fans growing up listening tothis music and all teen generations that followed can’t resist grooving to the infectious beat and mesmerizing lyrics of these great songs of the 1960’s as performed by The New Invaders.

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8 pm    Music sponsored by the Park Ridge Park District (Last concert)

 “7th Heaven”

This is the premier Chicago band. Renditions of Def Lepard, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Journey and U2 are delivered at a frenetic pace driving audiences to literally dancing in the streets. Musicianship, theatrics, and that unmistakable Irish brogue fuel original songs that came straight from the radio play-list. This is the band your neighbors will be buzzing about for the rest of the summer.


Mark Kennetz, Nick Cox, Richard Hofherr, Mike Mooshe, y, Tamara Mooshey

7th heaven is a Chicago, Illinois-based rock band created by guitarist Richie Hofherr, Tony Di Giulio and Michael Mooshey. Formed in 1985, it has continued up to present day with changing band members.

7th heaven was managed by Alec John Such of Bon Jovi and James Young of Styx in 1997-1998. 7th heaven is currently managed by NTD Management, which also manages such bands as "1 Speed Go" & HiFi Superstar. They are signed to NTD Records, writing over 3000 songs by now, doing many shows and selling 25,000 CDs to date. Their acclaimed Silver 30-tracks double CD released in 2004 has been a very popular favourite release.

The title of their 2008 release 14-track album USA-UK' comes from joining of the Northern Ireland singer, Keith Semple joining the American AOR band. Semple had won Popstars: The Rivals a UK singing competition and had become a member of boy band One True Voice during the period 2002-2003, before the band broke up. Semple had a gold record with One True Voice mainly through their double A side hit Sacred Trust/After You're Gone that had reached #2 in the British music charts.

The band released the album entitled "Jukebox" in 2010 on the occasion of the band's 25 years. It contains over 700 of the band's song from its start to then. They have also recorded another Semple-led album entitled "Pop Media" in 2011 containing 22 new songs.

In January 2013, the band welcomed Anthony Fedorov as lead singer. In June of that year, they released the album "Synergy." On August 22, 2013 the band announced that Fedorov was no longer in the band. After Federov's departure, Keith Semple became the band's temporary lead vocalist.

All concerts are at 8 pm in Hodges Park, in front of Park Ridge City Hall with exception of July 3rd fireworks event at Maine East HS sponsored by Park Ridge Park District.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Park Ridge Country Club

Support Concerts in the Park by joining us for an evening of dinner and dance.  $125 per person or $1,250 for table of 10.  Email us at and we will email or mail you an invite. 

Help Support Our Summer Concerts!

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