• Irina Del Genio & John Schwartz Present Free Talk, Birth of The Firebird, Sept 5, 7 pm

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    August 14, 2018
    Irina Del Genio & John Schwartz Present Free Talk, Birth of The Firebird, Sept 5, 7 pm, Gail Borden Library ES0 will perform the groundbreaking work at opening concerts September 15 & 16  
     
    Composer Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird was an instant critical and popular success, with Ballet Impresario Serge 
    Diaghilev declaring “mark him well, he is a man on the eve of celebrity.” Stravinsky would go on to write two more ballets 
    in quick succession, with The Rite of Spring shattering compositional norms, and causing a riot at its premiere.  Learn 
    more about the composer and the time in which he wrote his music on Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm at the Gail 
    Borden Public Library Meadows Room.  Irina Del Genio and John Schwartz will lead the discussion into the politics, arts 
    and culture of Russia and the world during the late 1800s-early 1900s.  Register for the free event at gailborden.info. 
    Discounts for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s (ESO) upcoming opening concerts Sept 15 & 16 will be available, as will 
    information about the entire 2018-19 ESO season. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is set to open its exciting  2018
    19 season with concerts September 15 & 16 featuring Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Debussy’s famous Clair de Lune, Chopin’s 
    Grand Valse Brillante and Cello Concerto by modern composer Mason Bates.  For concert tickets, which start at just $30, 
    call 847.888.4000 or visit ElginSymphony.Org.   
     
    Irina Del Genio is Associate Dean, Liberal, Visual & Performing Arts at Elgin Community College. Ms. Del Genio’s interest 
    in U.S. - Russian relations goes back to 1995, when she attempted to create the first American Studies Program and 
    American Studies Center at the Ural Federal University of Post-Soviet Russia. It is there and then she understood the 
    irony and the power of “fake news”, clichés, and generalizations. Ever since, she has been trying to build bridges between 
    our two nations. She is hopeful that someday both Russians and Americans will move beyond corrupt politicians, media, 
    money, geography, and other pesky things that separate our great nations, and start paying attention to the bigger matters 
    that unite us. Ms. Del Genio has an M.A., Political Science (International Studies) from Loyola University of Chicago; a 
    Ph.D., Political Philosophy (Area Studies) and an M.A. in World History from Ural State University, Yekaterinburg, 
    Russia. 
    Elgin native John Schwartz has had a passion for Russian history and language since he was a teenager and read the 
    book “Nicholas and Alexandra.” He received his AAS from Elgin Community College in 1973, his BA from the American 
    University in Washington, D.C., in 1975 and his MA in German Studies, also from AU, in 1977. In the course of a 34-year 
    career as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense, John also taught Russian to DOD civilians and military officers. 
    Returning to Elgin in 2013, John has been teaching Russian at Elgin Community College since 2015 and conducts the 
    German Conversation Club at Gail Borden Public Library. He has lived in Germany and the UK and traveled extensively 
    throughout Europe and Turkey, finally reaching Saint Petersburg in 2014.  
    The Gail Borden Public Library has received 20 awards, including Recipient of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and 
    Library Services and Recipient of the 2010 Elgin Hispanic Network Organization of the Year.  The Main Library opened in 
    October 2003 and is the third largest public library building in Illinois, after Chicago and Schaumburg. The library serves 
    144,597 residents in Elgin, South Elgin and portions of Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Bartlett, has over 1 million 
    visitors, and is the largest library district in the State of Illinois for population served.  For more information, visit 
    gailborden.info.  
     
    Elgin Community College (ECC) is a comprehensive, fully accredited community college located in Elgin, Illinois, one of its 
    most rapidly growing cities, with student enrollment of approximately 11,000. District 509 encompasses 360 square miles, 
    serving 400,000 people, 11,000 businesses with four public school districts and 15 high schools. ECC was selected as one 
    of five Illinois community colleges to participate in the national Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative, a long-term national 
    initiative that collaborates with community colleges to help more students earn degrees, complete certificates, or transfer 
    to four-year institutions to continue their studies. The park-like setting of 145 acre Main Campus offers instruction 
    spanning nine major buildings with beautiful views. ECC also offers classes throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago 
    with more than 100 off-campus locations. 
     
    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 shows, 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
    Contact:
    Diane Handler
    (847) 888-0404
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