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Gala Opening Weekend: Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff

The ESO’s gala opening concerts, with guest violinist Simone Porter performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, set the tone by highlighting Russian composers, who will be featured throughout the season.

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Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights was an instant success when released in January 1931 and has influenced many renowned film directors. Experience this masterpiece with the ESO performing live the score that Chaplin himself composed!

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Inside the Music with Andrew Grams

These lively, 90 minute in-depth explorations of masterworks led by ESO Music Director Andrew Grams use visuals and musical excerpts to explain the history and form of the piece. Get Inside the Music of Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947)!

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Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake

This all-orchestral program spotlighting the world-class ESO musicians holds Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake suites and Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947). The ESO is the unprecedented, four-time winner of Professional Orchestra of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras!

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Magical Holiday Concerts

Bring the whole family and create joyful holiday memories together at our Magical Holiday extravaganza.

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Beethoven’s Eroica

Guest artist, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, will perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1. Also featured in these concerts are Stravinsky’s Octet, and Beethoven’s triumphant Symphony No. 3, Eroica.

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Gershwin Rhapsodies

This program, with guest pianist Yana Reznik, features George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Lullaby for Strings, 2nd Rhapsody, Rhapsody in Blue, and American in Paris.

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Romance at the Fountains of Rome

Perfect for a Valentine’s Day date, these romantic concerts, which include Respighi’s passionate Fountains of Rome and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, will awaken the senses and present the listener with a musical rainbow of sound.

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Copland and Tchaikovsky

Beloved American composer Aaron Copland is highlighted in these programs that feature the Billy the Kid Suite and guest artist, Russian-born Alexander Fiterstein, performing Copland’s clarinet concerto, written in the late forties for Benny Goodman.

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Inside the Music with Andrew Grams

These lively, 90 minute in-depth explorations of masterworks led by ESO Music Director Andrew Grams use visuals and musical excerpts to explain the history and form of the piece. Get Inside the Music of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4

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Rachmaninoff & Brahms

ESO audience favorite, pianist Natasha Paremski, returns to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire. The program also holds Brahms’ final symphony, No. 4.

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Season Finale: Pictures at an Exhibition

The ESO closes its season with Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s towering Pictures at an Exhibition, based on drawings and watercolors by Viktor Hartmann. Also featured are Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, and Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, performed with the magnificent Elgin Master Chorale.

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