Polka standards draw a crowd in Libertyville

  • It was Polka Party time Monday at the Libertyville Senior Center, as award-winning musician Eddie Korosa Jr. of Chicago performed a concern sponsored by the Cook Memorial Public Library District. Korosa's show also features standards from other genres, ranging from big band waltzes to country to rock 'n' roll.

      It was Polka Party time Monday at the Libertyville Senior Center, as award-winning musician Eddie Korosa Jr. of Chicago performed a concern sponsored by the Cook Memorial Public Library District. Korosa's show also features standards from other genres, ranging from big band waltzes to country to rock 'n' roll. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Margie Nison of Mundelein and Tom Galuszko of Round Lake Beach dance to polka music performed Monday by Eddie Korosa Jr. during a program at the Libertyville Senior Center.

      Margie Nison of Mundelein and Tom Galuszko of Round Lake Beach dance to polka music performed Monday by Eddie Korosa Jr. during a program at the Libertyville Senior Center. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • The Cook Memorial Public Library District and the Libertyville Senior Center hosted musician Eddie Korosa Jr. on Monday, which brought smiles to the 140 members of the audience.

      The Cook Memorial Public Library District and the Libertyville Senior Center hosted musician Eddie Korosa Jr. on Monday, which brought smiles to the 140 members of the audience. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 3/2/2020 4:14 PM

Eddie Korosa Jr. of Chicago has played his accordion at polka festivals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.

On Monday, he brought his music to Libertyville.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Cook Memorial Public Library District and the Libertyville Senior Center hosted Korosa for an hourlong polka concert. The program, co-sponsored by rehabilitation facility Symphony Buffalo Grove, featured not only polka, but big band waltzes, swing, country and rock 'n' roll tunes.

Clapping and smiles filled the room as more than 140 attended the lively, foot-tapping show. Some audience members even showed off their skills on the dance floor.

Korosa has won many awards in his career, including being named Chicago's best polka entertainer in 2012. He also was part of actor John Candy's polka band, the Kenosha Kickers, in the 1990 movie "Home Alone."

To learn more about Korosa and his music, or to see video of his performances through the years, visit eddiekorosajr.com.

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