Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 7 at 2:30 pm
With works by Dvořák and Liszt, and featuring guest violinist, Bulgarian Bella Hristova, these concerts have a distinct Slavic flair. The famous Hungarian Rhapsody has been used in countless Warner Brothers and Disney cartoons. This program also holds Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6, and the ESO premiere of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm
The tradition continues! A holiday musical extravaganza for the entire family, complete with an appearance by a very special visitor from the North Pole.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Imago, 216 Prairie St., Elgin
Experience the surprising similarities between classic rock hits and classical music!
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm
This blockbuster program features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and the ESO premiere of Chicago-area composer James Stephenson’s Tributes Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi, as well as the ESO premiere of American composer Aaron Copland’s Our Town.
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Andrew Grams and the ESO demystify the process of creating a masterwork. Dive deep into Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in the first half of the event, as Andrew Grams explores what makes a great piece of music using excerpts performed by the ESO. After intermission, the orchestra plays the entire work with the audience experiencing a deeper connection to the piece.
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm
ESO favorites Rich Ridenour, piano and Brandon Ridenour, trumpet, will bring the house down with a program of wide-ranging piano music from classical and popular hits, to jazz tunes and novelty pieces.
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm
The ESO opens its 17-18 season with works by the beloved Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This program features the famous Piano Concerto No. 1, with its instantly recognizable opening theme. The program also holds the ESO premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3, which was declared “electrifying” at its first performance in Saint Petersburg, Russia on January 24, 1885.
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 6:00pm
Wine and dine with Maestro Grams at this festive fundraiser as a prelude to our first concert of the 2017-18 season! Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Andrew Grams and some ESO musicians while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and wine from International Vines.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
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 Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, performed with the magnificent Elgin Master Chorale.
Please join Maestro Andrew Grams and Event Chairs James & Karen Mansfield and Ram & Nancy Ramanandan for the ESO 2017 Fundraiser: Musical Masquerade! Monday, May 1, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Limited tickets available!
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
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.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Brahms’ Symphony No. 4
Spend an informal evening with Music Director Andrew Grams and the ESO exploring how the musical notes on a page combine to create a masterpiece of sound. These lively, 90 minute in-depth explorations of masterworks use visuals and musical excerpts to explain the history and form of the piece. Get Inside the Music of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4!
Friday, March 3, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
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.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
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.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
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.