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To find out more information about a previous Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert, please click on a concert below. If you have specific questions about certain performances, please email boxoffice@elginsymphony.org.


Past Concerts

Guitar Serenade

March 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
March 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Jason Vieaux, guitar

Smetana   The Moldau
Villa-Lobos   Concerto for Guitar & Small Orchestra
Corigliano   Troubadours
Tchaikovsky   Francesca da Rimini


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Russia Distilled: Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini (SOLD OUT)

Friday, February 22, 2019
Doors open at 6:45 pm
Lecture and Vodka tasting from 7:00-9:00 PM
ArtSpace, 51 South Spring Street, Elgin

Irina Del Genio and John Schwartz, speakers

The dynamic duo of Irina Del Genio and John Schwartz will explore Russian culture at the time Tchaikovsky composed Francesca da Rimini, a wildly romantic tone poem about two lovers doomed to Dante’s Inferno. Includes Russian vodka samples, Russian tea and zakuski, or snacks.


Natasha and the Romantics

February 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
February 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

Brahms        Academic Festival Overture
Chopin         Piano Concerto No. 2
Schumann   Symphony No. 4

A Night in Old Vienna

January 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm
January 27, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor

A program of waltzes & polkas reminiscent of Vienna’s famous New Year’s concert.

Free Open Rehearsal: A Night in Old Vienna

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:15 pm

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Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony

January 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm     Prairie Center for the Arts
January 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm    Hemmens Cultural Center
January 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm    Hemmens Cultural Center

Stephen Squires, conductor
Isabella Lippi, ESO concertmaster, violin

Haydn    Symphony No. 94, “Surprise” Symphony
Bruch     Violin Concerto No. 1
Kodaly   Peacock Variations

ESO Sounds of the Season

Dec 8, 2018 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Dec 9, 2018 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Stephen Squires, conductor
Elgin Master Chorale
Catalina Cuervo, soprano
Midwest Dance Collective

Bring the entire family and create joyful holiday memories together at ESO Sounds of the Season. Includes a sing along, a visit from Santa Claus, and a cameo appearance by ESO Music Director Andrew Grams!

Chicago Ballet Conservatory The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Director       Linda Cunningham
Conductor   Steven Squires
Starring       Alexandre Hammoudi (soloist with ABT), Abigail Simon (formerly with ABT and  Joffrey Ballet), Roger Hendricks Simon (veteran actor/director of stage & screen), Raoni Xavier (Bolshoi Brazil) and Malachi Squires

Chicago Ballet Conservatory, in partnership with Elgin Symphony Orchestra and professional dancers and actors from around the world, brings “dreaming in color” to Elgin this holiday season!

TITANS: Beethoven, Strauss & Wagner

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Laura Wilde, soprano

Beethoven   Fidelio Overture
R. Strauss    Four Last Songs
Wagner        Highlights from The Ring

Inside the Music™ with Andrew Grams: Wagner’s The Ring

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams and the ESO explore Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung at this fun, informal event. For newcomers and connoisseurs alike!

American Spectacular

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm Prairie Center for the Arts
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm Hemmens Cultural Center
Sunday, October 7 at 2:30 pm Hemmens Cultural Center

Stephen Squires, conductor
Elgin Master Chorale (October 6 & 7 only)
Joe Shadday, tenor

An eclectic mix of American music by Irving Berlin, Aaron Copland, Julia Ward Howe, John Williams and more
Honors the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI

The Firebird

September 15, 2018 7:30 pm
September 16, 2018 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello

Chopin       Grande Valse Brillante
Bates           Cello Concerto
Debussy      Clair de Lune
Stravinsky   Firebird Suite (1919)

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Season Finale: Bernstein and Mahler 5

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm
These season finale concerts hold the ESO premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Suite, part of a worldwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The program will also feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, which conveys a dazzling array of emotions. The fourth movement of this symphony, Adagietto, may be the most famous of all his works.