• Violinist Geneva Lewis to perform with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend

    (January 4, 2023 – Elgin, Illinois) Violinist Geneva Lewis, recipient of a 2022 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, will perform Brahm’s Violin Concerto with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 7 and 8, 2023. Lewis replaces Stella Chen, who was not able to travel due to a foot injury.

    The concerts, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Hemmens Cultural Center, will also  include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock’s Oiseaux bleus et sauvages. A pre-concert discussion for ticket holders will take place one hour before the performances. The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Sterling Brass Quintet will perform in the lobby before the concert on Saturday, and the EYSO’s Honors Flute Trio will perform prior to Sunday’s performance.

    The ESO concert will be conducted by Andrew Crust, an American/Canadian conductor, and a finalist in the ESO’s music director search. Crust is currently in his third season as music director of the Lima Symphony and served as associate conductor for the Vancouver Symphony from 2019 – 2022. Abroad, he has led concerts with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Italy, Hamburger Symphoniker at the Mendelssohn Festival in Germany, the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile in Santiago.

    Crust is a versatile conductor. His experience includes working with orchestras, youth orchestras, and ballets. As a Pops conductor, he has collaborated with artists including Rufus Wainwright, Steven Page, Tony DeSare, Michael Bolton, Dee Daniels, Cirque de la Symphonie, and the United States Jazz Ambassadors.

    Tickets are available on the ESO’s website, www.ElginSymphony.org, and, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling its box office at 847-888-4000. Tickets start at $20. Student tickets are $10, and youth age 17 and under are free with an accompanying adult. 

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    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.