• Elgin Symphony opens 2022-23 season on Oct. 8


    Elgin Symphony Orchestra opens 2022-23 season Saturday, Oct. 8 with music by Dvořák, Marsalis, and Elgar
    Conductor Andres Lopera and Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins featured
    (September 15, 2022 -- Elgin, Ill.)  The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) ushers in its 73rd season with a program featuring music of Antonin Dvořák, Wynton Marsalis, and Sir Edward Elgar on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2:30 p.m., at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois.
    Guest conductor Andres Lopera, who is in his fourth season as associate conductor of the Columbus Symphony and music director of the Columbus Youth Symphony Orchestra, will lead the ESO in Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.  Lopera is a candidate, along with several other conductors this season, for the open music director position at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, a position slated to be filled in the summer of 2023.
    Acclaimed by the New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive” and featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African American history, Kelly Hall-Tompkins will be featured on Marsalis’ Violin Concerto.
    Tickets are available at the ESO Box Office, 20 DuPage Ct., Elgin, or by phone at 847-888-4000, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online at ElginSymphony.org. Tickets start at $20. Student tickets are $10, and youth 17 and under are free with a paying adult. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
    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