• Elgin Symphony Orchestra announces 2022-23 season schedule

    Elgin Symphony Orchestra announces 2022-23 season schedule
    New family-friendly pricing allows a family of 4 to attend for $40
    (March 25, 2022 -- Elgin, Ill.) The award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) announced its 2022-23 season schedule at its Prelude Reception Thursday, March 24, at Highland Lofts in Elgin, Illinois. The ESO’s 73rd season is filled with masterpieces by both contemporary and historic composers, as well as holiday concerts. Tickets are now on sale at www.ElginSymphony.org, or Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., by phone at 847-888-4000 or at the ESO office, 20 DuPage Ct., Elgin.

    Marc Thayer, CEO of the Symphony, also announced new family-friendly pricing with the goal of making the Symphony more accessible to the community. Adult ticket prices for the 2022-23 season will start at $20, and tickets for children 17 and younger will be free with a paying parent, guardian, or grandparent.

    “Our new pricing structure makes it affordable for parents and grandparents to share the beauty of a live symphony experience with the next generation,” said Marc Thayer, the Symphony’s CEO.

    Subscribers to three or more shows will receive a 20 percent discount through the ESO’s “Build Your Own Subscription” program.

    A leader in bringing world-renowned symphonic talent to Chicagoland, the ESO has again secured guest appearances from up-and-coming musicians and notable conductors from around the world to entertain audiences at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, Illinois. Most concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

    The season begins on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m., when guest conductor Andres Lopera and violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins join the ESO to perform Dvořák’s “Carnival Overture,” Wynton Marsalis’ “Violin Concerto,” and Sir Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” The concert will be repeated on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2:30 p.m.

    On Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, John Devlin will lead the ESO in Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave),” Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” Clarice Assad’s “Impressions,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy-Overture)”. European guitar virtuoso Ana Vidovic will perform.

    In December, the ESO brings back its family-friendly holiday concerts on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, and on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Hemmens Cultural Center.

    January welcomes guest conductor Andrew Crust and violinist Stella Chen for performances of Jocelyn Morlock’s “Oiseaux bleus et sauvages,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, and Brahms’ “Violin Concerto,” on January 7 and 8, 2023.

    On February 4 and 5, 2023, Albert Cano Smit, the 2020 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize winner from The Juilliard School, will be featured alongside the ESO. New-York based Kyle Ritenauer, founder, and artistic director of the Uptown Philharmonic, will be the guest conductor. The program will include Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”.

    Celebrated cellist Thomas Mesa returns to the ESO on March 4 and 5, 2023, to perform Dvořák’s “Cello Concerto,” in a program conducted by Lee Mills. Other pieces will include Ives’ “The Unanswered Question,” Juan David Osorio’s “El Paraíso segun María (The Paradise According to Mary),” and Arturo Marquez’s “Danzon No. 2”.

    April 1 and 2, 2023, are the dates for the ESO’s performances of Carlos Simon’s “Fate Now Conquers,” Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The performances will feature guest conductor Alex Amsel and violinist Blake Pouliot.

    The season finishes with guest conductor Chad Goodman and pianist Drew Petersen joining the ESO on May 6 and 7, 2023, for Coleridge-Taylor’s “Ballade in A Minor,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

    A number of exciting concerts are still in the works, including a special Latin Fire program with conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez and featured guests Mónica Abrego and José Sibaja. More information on this and other additional concerts will be announced at a later date.

    The ESO will also continue its tradition of bringing the arts to students through its Ainsworth Concerts for Youth. This concert program for teachers and students will take place Tuesday through Friday, March 14 – 17, with concerts at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Teachers interested in this program, which includes advance study materials, should contact Macauley Manzano, ESO librarian and patron services manager, at m.manzano@elginsymphony.org or 847-888-0404.

    The ESO was founded in 1950 and became a fully professional ensemble in 1985. Over its history, the ESO has featured a roster of legendary soloists including classical music legends Yo Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zucherman, Sir James Galway and James Ehnes. The ESO has been named Orchestra of the Year four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. The ESO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.elginsymphony.org.

    EDITORS NOTE: Biographies of guest conductors and artists are available on the ESO concert pages at www.ElginSymphony.org. For photos, contact Donna Lake, donna@larkinlake.com
    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 ensemble members’ performances at local hospitals and retirement homes, free Listeners Club experiences, and open rehearsals.

    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.