Chicago Immigrant Orchestra Presents Vibrant World Music on March 26

February 24, 2023 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Members of the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra

The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra is second to none for creating vibrant concert experiences with an international flair.

This special blend of world music will be featured when the Elmhurst History Museum presents the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra in concert at Elmhurst University on Sunday, March 26.

The concert takes place at 2:00 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. Tickets are $15 for General Admission and $10 for those under 18. A limited number of free tickets is available for Elmhurst University students, faculty and staff. Tickets and more information can be found online via Eventbrite and on the Elmhurst History Museum website. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra was first established in 1999 by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of the first annual Chicago World Music Festival.

Today, the Chicago Immigrant Orchestra has evolved to a 20-piece ensemble that consists of members of the Chicago immigrant community, representing musical traditions from all over the world. The orchestra explores the relationships and differences among these traditions, creating a cohesive tapestry of cultures.

Under the direction of virtuoso guitarist and composer Fareed Haque and multi-instrumentalist Wanees Zarour, Chicago Immigrant Orchestra musicians—from the Far East to Western Europe, Africa and the Americas—are thoroughly involved in the evolution of the musical concepts presented. From a Mongolian throat singer and horsehair fiddle player to a West African percussionist and more, numerous diverse musical styles from across the globe will be showcased in this eclectic concert.

The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra concert is presented in connection with the Elmhurst History Museum’s current exhibit, “In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in Our Communities,” which continues its run through May 14, 2023. The museum is located at 120 E. Park Ave. in Elmhurst, within walking distance of Elmhurst University. The exhibit examines the personal stories and experiences of area immigrants and their descendants as told through first-person accounts, photographs, treasured objects, video and more. Admission is free and more information can be found at

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