Elgin Symphony Orchestra musicians (ESO) Carol Dylan, first violin, Nazar Dzhuryn, ESO assistant principal cello, Collin Anderson, bassoon and Julia Richter, flute, will perform in the upcoming Midwest Mozart Festival (MMF) concert series on Sunday, July 29, 3:00 pm at the Sanfilippo Estate, Barrington Hills, and on Sunday, August 5 and Sunday, August 12, 3:00 pm at the Woodstock Opera House. Ms. Dylan is also a founding board member of the Midwest Mozart Festival, which is comprised of musicians who’ve been presenting works by Mozart for many years at the Woodstock Opera House, and the August concerts will mark 32 years of performances of Mozart’s magnificent music at the historic venue. Tickets for the July 29 concert are $55. Doors open at 1:30 pm for tours, with the concert in the Sanfilippo Theater at 3:00 pm. Tickets for the August concerts are $31-$48, $10 for students with an ID. August performances feature pre-concert talks at 2:00 pm. To purchase tickets and to learn more, visit midwestmozart.org.
Midwest Mozart Festival (MMF). This year marks the 32nd year the accomplished musicians of the Midwest Mozart Festival orchestra will perform at the Woodstock Opera House and other venues. Midwest Mozart Festival, Inc. is a non-profit organization with world-class musicians who present classical music performances of the highest caliber, with a particular focus on works of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Midwest Mozart Festival is McHenry County’s only resident professional orchestra. The MMF mission is to provide Northern Illinois with classical music performances of the highest caliber, offer the unique cultural experience of fine music to a diverse public audience at an affordable price, and to extend support and assistance to the communities in which we perform through partnerships with local businesses, and active participation in local economic development programs. Another significant goal is to interact with and support music students.
Besides providing concerts and the cultural experience of fine arts, MMF’s youth-serving mission strives to promote and encourage music education. All Midwest Mozart Festival concerts offer youth & student tickets available at a significantly reduced price, or for free based on sponsorship availability. Midwest Mozart Festival musicians deliver support to local school systems by volunteering at summer music camps. Musicians from the orchestra also play alongside music students at sponsored events and hold student/professional musician concerts afterward. Over 70 percent of MMF musicians are also professional music educators.
Now in its 68th season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) offers programming unmatched for an entertaining informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO’s won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year a record-setting four times – in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016! The ESO strives to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the country. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. The festive concert event often features musicians performing in the lobby before the performance, and patrons can purchase unique, music-themed gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Pre-concert chats are given by music director Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before most performances. Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to meet Andrew Grams, guest artists and ESO musicians at Mingle with the Musicians, held at area restaurants. Music historian Jim Kendros offers free Listeners Club discussions the Wednesday before ESO Classics Series concert weekends at Greenfields of Geneva and the Gail Borden Public Library. Flex passes are available for choosing concerts at a later date, and if a patron can’t make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a small fee. The ESO is a world-class orchestra presenting quality musical explorations of some of the greatest music ever written, conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. The ESO-Transforming the Symphony Experience. ElginSymphony.Org.
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