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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

Beethoven and Shostakovich

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm
ESO favorite William Wolfram, piano, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on these concerts. Chicago-area guest conductor Edwin Outwater, known for his dynamic musical interpretations, will conduct the program, which includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12.

Mozart Requiem

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 11 at 2:30 pm
Experience elation and anguish, the bittersweet dichotomy of life, with this program that holds Vivaldi’s joyous Gloria and the transcendent masterwork, Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the Elgin Master Chorale and special guest soloists.

John Williams Scores for Spielberg Movies

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm
A program of John Williams’s film scores from Steven Spielberg movies conducted by ESO Music Director Andrew Grams. With music from E.T., JawsClose Encounters and more, this evening is sure to entertain.

Free Open Rehearsal January 25th: John Williams Scores for Spielberg Movies

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm, Rehearsal starts at 7:15pm
The ESO musicians work hard at rehearsals throughout the weeks to prepare for concerts, and we invite you to join us for this free and open to the public working rehearsal!


Hungarian Rhapsody

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.

Magical Holiday Concerts

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.

Bach and Roll

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! 

Beethoven 7

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.

Inside the Music with Andrew Grams: Beethoven No. 7

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.

I Love A Piano

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.

Opening Weekend: Passionate Tchaikovsky

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.

Opening Night Celebration

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.

Season Finale: Pictures at an Exhibition

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.

Musical Masquerade Fundraiser

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!

Rachmaninoff & Brahms

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.