Peter Lipari (Photo provided)

Musicians from the West Suburban Symphony will present “fusion,” a club-style show, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in downtown Downers Grove.

Five groups of classically trained musicians, ranging from duets to quintets, will perform popular music in a casual setting, with West Suburban Symphony Society Music Director Peter Lipari as master of ceremonies.

The show features vocal and instrumental renditions of hits by rock bands from the ‘60s to today, plus music by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Henry Mancini, Astor Piazzolla and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

“This mix of  rock, blues, rag, tango … and Broadway music is simply exceptional,” symphony President Richard Lukes said.

The musicians will include three public school teachers: baritone Glenn Spitler of Downers Grove South High School; and cellist Tom Culver and fiddler Jeff Teppema, both of La Grange District 102’s Park Junior High School.


Hosted by the Athletes of Dance school and the West Suburban Symphony Society, the “fusion” show takes place in the performance hall of the Masonic Temple, 923 Curtiss St.; the hall can be accessed only by stairs. Free parking is available in the nearby municipal garage.

Tickets cost $15 for all ages. They may be purchased at the door starting at 6:45 p.m. or in advance at 630-887-7464, at, or by mail to West Suburban Symphony, P.O. Box 565, Hinsdale, IL 60522.