Date and Time
Wednesday Jan 4, 2023
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM CST
Elgin Symphony Orchestra offers free ...
Elgin Symphony Orchestra offers free Listeners Club discussions
Jan. 3 in Barrington and Jan. 4 in Elgin
(December 21, 2022 – Elgin, Illinois) The Elgin Symphony Orchestra invites the public to a free, educational discussion about the composers and music featured in its January concerts.
Scott Metlicka, flutist with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, will speak about Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, and Jocelyn Morlock’s Oiseaux bleus et sauvages. The Listeners Club discussions will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at 1 p.m., at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, and on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at noon, at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin.
Registration is requested for these free programs. Reserve a seat for the Barrington Area Library event at www.balibrary.org. Reservations for the Gail Borden Library event can be made at www.gailborden.info.
ESO January 7 and 8 concerts
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will perform these works on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at 2:30 p.m., at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois. Violinist Stella Chen and guest conductor Andrew Crust, who is a finalist for the ESO’s music director search, will be featured. To purchase concert tickets, visit www.elginsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased by phone from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling the ESO box office at 847-888-4000. Tickets start at $20. Student tickets are $10, and youth age 17 and under are free with an accompanying adult.
About the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has a long history of highlighting the works of world-renowned conductors, composers, and musicians, and of promoting the advancement of women in the arts. Founded in 1950 as a community orchestra, the ESO became a professional ensemble in 1985, in good part due to the leadership of the late Margaret Hillis, who was music director at the ESO from 1971-1985. Hillis was one of the first females to break through the male-dominated world of conducting and is credited with being the impetus behind the creation of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Association, the formation of the ESO League, and the start of the ESO’s outreach to youth through concerts for school students.
Today, the ESO continues to draw its creativity and artistry from the Elgin area and gives back to the community through its Adopt-a-School Program, performances at local hospitals, hospices and retirement homes, Listeners Clubs, and other free programs at public libraries, The In Harmony Program in places of worship, Ainsworth Concerts for Youth, free tickets for youth under 18, open rehearsals, and free community concerts throughout the region.
The ESO has been named Orchestra of the Year four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras (1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016).
The ESO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. To learn more or to support the ESO, visit www.elginsymphony.org.