"The Seven Last Words Of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, On The Cross" and other Opera Classics featuring, Chester Nieznanski-Nichols, Sr. and Opera Performances by The Chicago Polish & Italian Opera Groups Combined

Chester Nieznanski-Nichols: Classical Baritone

Chester after his confirmation.

Chester Nieznanski-Nichols, Sr., in an opera performance costume.

Chester Nieznanski-Nichols, Sr. was a classically trained opera, classical, popular singer and musician who grew-up and lived in the Chicago Area from when he was born in 1910 until he passed away in 1955. He left his loving wife, Mary Frances, and four children: Daniel Andrew Nichols, Kenneth Edward Nichols, Chester Nichols, Jr. and Penelope Ellen Nichols.

During his exemplary career, Mr. Nieznanski-Nichols was a very popular radio, opera, stage, church, wedding and society-event singer. He was also the lead baritone in the highly-regarded St. Mary's Catholic Church Choir in Evanston, Il. The St. Mary's choir was highly-regarded as the top-choir in Chicago and was filled with the best singers and musicians in Chicago. He was also the lead baritone in The Polish Opera Group and Orchestra.

Chester's son, Chester, Jr., followed in his father's footsteps in the music business. After his mother passed away, Chester, Jr. went through the original direct-to-acetates of his dad's performances and was able to, with the help of producer, Stephen Barncard, repair, master and digitize Chester, Sr's vintage performances and the choirs he sang with on these vintage performances. 

Tracks 1-thru-7 of these performance collections, were produced with the St. Mary's Choir and orchestra and featured Joseph Haydn's "Good Friday" masterpiece for choral group and orchestra, "The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ On The Cross". They were performed at St. Mary's Catholic Church In Evanston, Illinois. This performance used two acetate recorders to capture the hour+ performance. This performance was recorded by the radio engineers at WGN radio, as the whole performance was broadcasted "Live" on WGN radio. It was the most popular "live" radio show on Good Friday for many years. 

That said, this recording has very few rough spots, but for acetates that are/were from the mid 1940's (making this performance around 80+ years OLD), we have a wonderfully moving performance featuring, Chester, Sr., singing the role of Jesus Christ. The choir and orchestra and other featured soloists involved in the production helped to a contribute in producing a musical mass worth saving and sharing. The soloist, choir and orchestra of Joseph Haydn's, "The Seven Last Words Of Our Savior On The Cross", were directed by music director, Gregory Connell.

Tracks 8-thru-12 of these performance collections feature Mr. Nichols and various other soloist supported by the combined Chicago Polish Group & Italian Opera Group.

We hope you enjoy these vintage recordings and the messages they deliver.

Please send us any comments or questions you might have to:  MagicGarageMusic@protonmail.com  or  chetnichols@protonmail.com.

Joseph Haydn's, "The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ On The Cross" & Other Special Opera Tracks

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Chester Nieznanski-Nichols, Sr. was a classically trained opera, classical, popular singer and musician who grew-up and lived in the Chicago Area from when he was born in 1910 until he passed away in 1955. He left his loving wife, Mary Frances, and four children: Daniel Andrew Nichols, Kenneth Edward Nichols, Chester Nichols, Jr. and Penelope

Chester Nieznanski-Nichols, Sr. was a classically trained opera, classical, popular singer and musician who grew-up and lived in the Chicago Area from when he was born in 1910 until he passed away in 1955. He left his loving wife, Mary Frances, and four children: Daniel Andrew Nichols, Kenneth Edward Nichols, Chester Nichols, Jr. and Penelope Ellen Nichols.

During his exemplary career, Mr. Nieznanski-Nichols was a very popular radio, opera, stage, church, wedding and society-event singer. He was also the lead baritone in the highly-regarded St. Mary's Catholic Church Choir in Evanston, Il. The St. Mary's choir was highly-regarded as the top-choir in Chicago and was filled with the best singers and musicians in Chicago. He was also the lead baritone in The Polish Opera Group and Orchestra.

Chester's son, Chester, Jr., followed in his father's footsteps in the music business. After his mother passed away, Chester, Jr. went through the original direct-to-acetates of his dad's performances and was able to, with the help of producer, Stephen Barncard, repair, master and digitize Chester, Sr's vintage performances and the choirs he sang with on these vintage performances.

Tracks 1-thru-7 of these performance collections, were produced with the St. Mary's Choir and orchestra and featured Joseph Haydn's "Good Friday" masterpiece for choral group and orchestra, "The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour Jesus Christ On The Cross". They were performed at St. Mary's Catholic Church In Evanston, Illinois. This performance used two acetate recorders to capture the hour+ performance. This performance was recorded by the radio engineers at WGN radio, as the whole performance was broadcasted "Live" on WGN radio. It was the most popular "live" radio show on Good Friday for many years.

That said, this recording has very few rough spots, but for acetates that are/were from the mid 1940's (making this performance around 80+ years OLD), we have a wonderfully moving performance featuring, Chester, Sr., singing the role of Jesus Christ. The choir and orchestra and other featured soloists involved in the production helped to a contribute in producing a musical mass worth saving and sharing. The soloist, choir and orchestra of Joseph Haydn's, "The Seven Last Words Of Our Savior On The Cross", were directed by music director, Gregory Connell.

Tracks 8-thru-12 of these performance collections feature Mr. Nichols and various other soloist supported by the combined Chicago Polish Group & Italian Opera Group.

We hope you enjoy these vintage recordings and the messages they deliver.

Please send us any comments or questions you might have to: MagicGarageMusic@protonmail.com or chetnichols@protonmail.com.

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