Elgin Symphony Orchestra announces 2023-24 classics concerts
(March 2, 2023, Elgin, Ill.) – The Elgin Symphony Orchestra today announced details of its 74th season featuring six classic concerts. Season subscription packages for the 2023-24 programs are now on sale at www.elginsymphony.org or by calling the ESO box office at (847) 888-4000 Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Season subscription packages now on sale
“Our 74th season will be an exciting one for our community and our patrons. We’ve planned a robust concert schedule, and we look forward to welcoming our new music director to lead us into this new season,” said Marc Thayer, CEO of the ESO. The new music director is expected to be named soon after the current concert season ends in May.
The award-winning ESO is known for world-renown musicians and soloists and the 2023-24 season will be no exception. The season will open Oct. 7 with internationally acclaimed opera star Christine Brewer in Richard Strauss’ poignant Four Last Songs. Other highlights of the season include:
• Brahms lyrical Double Concerto.
• The virtuosity of Imani Winds flutist Brandon Patrick George.
• One of Mozart’s dazzling Violin Concerti with ESO Concertmaster Isabella Lippi as soloist.
• Master of the keyboard Orli Shaham in Robert Schumann’s romantic Piano Concerto.
• Beethoven’s immortal ode to brotherhood, the 9th Symphony.
Those who purchase a season subscription by April 21 will receive all six concerts for the price of five and preferred seating for all six performances, along with additional subscriber benefits, including the ability to order tickets to popular ESO events, such as Holiday Spectacular, before they go on sale to the public.
Additional programming will be announced at a later date.
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’s volunteer core – the Elgin Symphony League, and the start of the ESO’s commitment to music education and enrichment for youth.
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 that provides supplemental music education and in-school performances to local schools; Musicians Care program that brings live music performances to local hospitals, hospices and retirement homes; informational Listeners Club events and other free programs at public libraries; 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.
Elgin Symphony Orchestra 2023-24 Classics Series
All concerts take place at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.
Saturday concerts are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday concerts are at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Sunday, October 8, 2023
Christine Brewer, soprano
Program to include: R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs
Brahms Double Concerto
Saturday, November 4, 2023
Sunday, November 5, 2023
Program to include: BRAHMS Double Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra
Flute Virtuoso Brandon Patrick George
Saturday, January 13, 2024
Sunday, January 14, 2024
Isabella Lippi plays Mozart
Saturday, March 1, 2024
Sunday, March 2, 2024
Isabella Lippi, violin
Program to include: MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4
Schumann Piano Concerto with Orli Shaham
Saturday, April 6, 2024
Sunday, April 7, 2024
Orli Shaham, piano
Program to include: R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Sunday, May 5, 2024
Program to include: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”)