• The Elgin Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off its 70th Anniversary Season with a Performance At The Harris Theater for Music & Dance in Chicago

    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off its 70th Anniversary Season with a Performance At
    The Harris Theater for Music & Dance in Chicago
    (Elgin, IL) The Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s (ESO) 70th Anniversary Season Classic Series will begin on Friday, September 13th at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago followed by two performances at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Led by Music Director, Andrew Hilary Grams, the Classic Series features traditional musical masterpieces by composers such as Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and more. “We’ve spent many months taking a good look at programing and we learned a lot through research, post-concert surveys and focus groups,” notes Grams. “We listened to what you had to say and created concert programs with you in mind.  We think you’re going to love the results.”
    This season will have opportunities for audiences from across the Chicagoland area to see the award-winning ESO. In addition to the ESO’s home venue in Elgin - The Hemmens Cultural Center, the ESO will perform two concerts at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, and four concerts at The Harris Theater for Music & Dance in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
    ESO 2019-2020 Classic Series:
    Liszt & Rachmaninoff
    Friday, Sept. 13th @ 7:30 PM - Harris Theater or Music & Dance
    Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 14th @ 7:30 PM & 15th @ 2:30 PM- Hemmens Cultural Center
    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 70th season with Liszt & Rachmaninoff. Join Music Director Andrew Grams, pianist Dinara Klinton, and the ESO as they show you what true Classical Rock sounds like. From Rachmaninoff’s rule-breaking Symphony No.3 and Liszt’s hell-on-earth Totentanz, this is a performance that will rock you.
    Bolero! Chabrier, Edwards & Ravel
    Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 2nd @ 7:30 PM & 3rd @ 2:30 PM - Hemmens Cultural Center
    Monday, Nov. 4th @ 7:30 PM - Harris Theater for Music & Dance
    Music Director Andrew Grams along with violinist Adele Anthony and the ESO are excited to perform Bolero! Chabrier, Edwards, & Ravel. With hearts and ears open to life’s dance, these composers found inspiration from other countries, nature, and even children’s bedtime stories. This remarkable journey of music, culture, and fantasy will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the world around you.
    Bach & Dvorak
    Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23rd @ 7:30 PM & Nov. 24th @ 2:30 PM - Hemmens Cultural Center
    Imagine a jam session with some of the greatest composers of all time, and you would get this performance of Bach, Stravinsky, and Dvorak. Jose Luis Gomez returns to guest conduct this epic concert with concertmaster Isabella Lippi and associate concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch. This performance has been carefully curated and brings virtuosic violins, pulsing rhythms, and is (in our Music Director’s words) “Cheerful and optimistic, yet powerful and dense – like a V8 engine in a large Cadillac.”
    Magnificent Mozart
    Friday, Jan. 10th @ 7:30 PM - Prairie Center for the Arts
    Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 11th@ 7:30 PM & Jan. 12th @ 2:30 PM - Hemmens Cultural Center
    The ESO’s Magnificent Mozart gives the audience a glimpse into the brilliance that was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. From an intimate piece that Mozart saved for himself and a small circle of music enthusiasts to his Symphony No. 40 with one of the most recognizable opening melodies, this performance will demonstrate true genius. In fact, we have a bit of genius of our own – Andrew Grams will lead the orchestra from the concertmaster chair and pianist William Wolfram will join the ESO for this celebration of Mozart.
    The Power of Fate: Verdi, Strauss & Wagner
    Friday, Feb. 7th @ 7:30 PM - Harris Theater for Music & Dance
    Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 8th @ 7:30 PM & Feb. 9th @ 2:30 PM - Hemmens Cultural Center
    Music Director Andrew Grams, oboist Frank Rosenwein (an Evanston native), and the ESO will bring the drama with The Power of Fate: Verdi, Strauss & Wagner. Love, revenge, war, and reflection are all themes that come to life in this intense, heart-stopping performance.
    Debussy & Brahms
    Saturday & Sunday, April 4th @ 7:30 PM & April 5th @ 2:30 PM - Hemmens Cultural Center
    Before Marvin Gaye, there was Debussy & Brahms. Andrew Grams and the musicians of the ESO will light the fires of love: from the ultra-sensual Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and the lustful Verklärte Nacht, to the embrace of Brahms Symphony No 3, this is a performance that will take date night to a new level.
    Season Finale - The Planets
    Saturday & Sunday, May 2nd @ 7:30 PM & May 3rd @ 2:30 PM - Hemmens Cultural Center
    Experience the celestial finale of the 70th season with Music Director Andrew Grams, the ESO and the Elgin Master Chorale. Join us for this cosmic performance of The Planets featuring Mars: The Bringer of War, Venus: The Bringer of Peace, Mercury: The Winged Messenger, and more. Opening with Holst’s ethereal “The Hymn of Jesus”, this concert will bring you to your knees.
    The ESO will be celebrating the kick off to their anniversary season with pre- and post-performance parties during the opening weekend performances in Elgin. For more information on the Symphony at 70 celebrations and to purchase tickets visit elginsymphony.org/
    Throughout the season, Saturday night concertgoers are invited to “Mingle with the Musicians” after the show at area restaurants, where they can meet Music Director Grams, guest artists and ESO musicians.  *Note that the Mingle with the Musicians will not be taking place on opening weekend due to the Symphony at 70 celebrations.
    To purchase tickets visit elginsymphony.org or call the ESO box office at 847-888-4000.
    The 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 - and works to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region. Area student musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts and patrons can purchase gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique.  Pre-concert chats are given by Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before Classics Series performances and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at area restaurants. In addition, free Listeners Club lecture/discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered before ESO Classics The ESO is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs.  The ESO-Transforming the Symphony Experience. Visit ElginSymphony.Org to learn more about the ESO’s many activities in the community, read program notes, see the full season line up, make a donation and find out how to sponsor a program or series. “Like” the ESO on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.