• ESO May Events Part of 100th Anniversary World-wide Celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Birth

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    April 23, 2018
    First ESO performances of Bernstein’s Candide Suite May 5 & 6
    Free Bernstein Birthday Bash & West Side Story Screening at Gail Borden Public Library May 1
    The 2017-18 ESO season finale concerts led by Music Director Andrew Grams feature the ESO premiere of the great American composer Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Suite as part of a world-wide celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday. The Suite is an arrangement by Charlie Harmon derived from the 1956 Bernstein operetta. Also included on the program is Gustav Mahler’s emotional Symphony No. 5, written by the composer after a serious illness.  Bernstein did much to promote the music of Mahler and was buried with a copy of Mahler’s fifth symphony in his casket. The ESO and the Gail Borden Public Library will host a free Bernstein Birthday Bash on Tuesday, May 1, 6:00 pm at the Library that includes an introduction by Andrew Grams, birthday cake and a screening of West Side Story. Bernstein composed the music for this iconic film. Register for the free Birthday Bash at GailBorden.info. For tickets to the May 5 & 6 concerts, visit ElginSymphony.Org.  
    Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian, officially beginning on August 25, 2017, Bernstein’s 99th birthday, and continuing through his 100th year until August 25, 2019. See leonardbernstein.com to learn more about this great American musician and to view a calendar listing of activities around the world.
    With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts and long-term orchestra building.  He is the winner of 2015 Conductor of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras and has led orchestras throughout the United States including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. Mr. Grams served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007.  Andrew Grams, now in his 5th ESO season, became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra after an international search. His dynamic conducting and easy accessibility have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences.  He has extended his contract with the ESO through 2021. To learn more, visit andrewgrams.com and @andrewhgrams on Instagram and Twitter. 
    Now at the end of its 67th season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented 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 region. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. Before concerts, area musicians often perform in the lobby, and patrons can buy drinks at the bar and purchase 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, and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at area restaurants.  In addition, free Listeners Club discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered in Geneva and Elgin on Wednesdays before ESO Classics Series concert weekends The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. Get to Know YOUR ESO!                                                                        
    Diane K. Handler, Senior Director of Marketing, Elgin Symphony Orchestra
    847.888.0404 (ext. 234)
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