Accomplished Orchestra Director to Unveil Solo CD

by Long Hwa-shu

Ron Arden, founder and artistic director of Full Score Chamber Orchestra, will unveil his “Voice of Love,” a compact disc, on Thursday, Aug. 18, at a dinner party at Chessies restaurant in Barrington.

The CD is a collection of 14 popular songs sung by him, accompanied by piano, cello, trumpet and percussion instruments.

“The CD is a reflection my life since college days.” – Ron Arden, co-founder/conductor of Full Score Chamber Orchestra & voice teacher at Barrington High School

“This is my first solo. I’ve had three CDs made with my wife before,” said Arden, a baritone and master violist. His wife, Cynthia, the concert master, is also a co-founder of Full Score, a 50-member orchestra, staffed mostly with volunteers and based in Zion. The orchestra has performed in the Chicago area to rave reviews.

In the new CD which runs about an hour, he said he croons in the style of Tony Bennett. “The CD is a reflection my life since college days,” said Arden, 62, who received his bachelor’s degree in music from Butler University and master’s in viola performances from the University of Nebraska. He did doctorate work in voice and viola at the University of Houston.

He has taught, performed and conducted for over 30 years. His viola performances include those at Omaha Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony, Houston Bach Society, Houston Grand Opera, the Florida Philharmonic and the Symphony of Americas in Fort Lauderdale.

Locally, he is former music director of Lake Forest Civic Orchestra and dean of the Zion Conservatory of Music. He is the owner and director of Allegro Spring Quartet. He teaches voice at Barrington High School.

The new CD, he said, can be ordered via The cost is $20. For reservations for the release celebration at Chessies restaurant, call 847-746-3472. The restaurant is at 200 Applebee St., Barrington. Celebration starts at 6:30 p.m.

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