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Past Concerts

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.

Inside the Music with Andrew Grams

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!

Copland and Tchaikovsky

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.

Romance at the Fountains of Rome

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.

Gershwin Rhapsodies

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.

Beethoven’s Eroica

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
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.

Magical Holiday Concerts

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Bring the whole family and create joyful holiday memories together at our Magical Holiday extravaganza!