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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s mission statement is “To serve and engage a broad audience through the performance of powerful symphonic music and dynamic educational programs while developing strong community relationships.” The ESO Education and Community Outreach programs provide something for everyone and include a wide selection to accommodate every age group. Our programs for youth include our annual field trip concerts, Kidz Konzerts and Music in the Middle, Traveling Ensembles, Master Classes and Family Concerts – touching more than 25,000 students per season.

2015-2016 SEASON Education and Community Outreach Programs

Field Trip Concerts

Kidz Konzerts: APRIL 11, 13, 14, 15 2016, 9:45 am and 11:15 am
Music in the Middle: April 12, 2016, 9:45 am and 11:15 am
Reserve seats now! Call 847-888-4000 or email w.evans@elginsymphony.org
Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin

Imagination is a springboard to creativity, stimulating new thoughts and images. This year’s Kidz Konzerts and Music in the Middle, “The Garden of your Mind”, will cultivate the thinking that there are connections in music to other areas of core curriculum and will examine the fundamentals that bring the music to life. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will perform music from the Classical period to the newly-composed and will sow seeds of inspiration to harvest a bumper crop of ideas!

Leonard Bernstein –  Candide Overture
W.A. Mozart – Impresario Overture
Ludwig von Beethoven – Symphony No. 7: Allegretto
Maurice Ravel – Ma Mère l’Oye:  Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
Mason Bates – Tunnels from “Music from Underground Spaces”
John Williams – Flight to Neverland from Hook

Free Family Concerts at the Gail Borden Public Library

These concerts, free and open to the public, feature members of the ESO in small ensembles. With an emphasis on introducing young listeners to the instruments of the orchestra, these educational performances will inspire and entertain all ages. Free tickets may be reserved up to 3 weeks before the concert by contacting the Gail Borden Public Library.

October 11, 2015 – 2:00pm: Around the World with Percussion

December 6, 2015 – 2:00pm: ESO Brass Quintet

March 6, 2016 – 2:00pm: Double Bass Duo

May 15, 2016 – 2:00pm: ESO String Quartet

Traveling Ensembles

Bring the ESO to your location! Inviting one of our Traveling Ensembles to perform at your school, retirement community or event is an enjoyable way to educate and entertain. It also provides a rare opportunity to see and hear professional musicians play their instruments in an informal setting.

Master Classes

Sponsoring guest artists to provide free master classes is one of the ESO’s gifts to the community. These events take place in the Meadows Community Rooms in the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. All are welcome to come sit in the audience to hear the students perform for a master. Students are selected by application and teacher recommendation.

The world-class expert will work with the students on performance technique, musicality and presentation. This form of teaching is invaluable for students because it gives them a master’s perspective on performance, enhancing their current music study. Our past master classes include Carter Brey and Alicia Weilerstein, cello; Joyce Yang, piano; Michael Ludwig, Philip Quint and Jaime Laredo, violin; Michael Sweeney, bassoon; Brandon Ridenour, trumpet; and Amy Porter, flute.

Listeners Club with Jim Kendros

The maestro Andrew Grams designs each Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert to be a stimulating musical journey. Of course, when you travel it’s always wise to bring a guidebook to point out the details. Think of the Listeners Club as your musical guidebook…with the magnetic Jim Kendros, composer and music lecturer, as your tour guide!

The Listeners Club meetings are free to anyone and take place on the Wednesday before every concert weekend at the Gail Borden Public Library from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The doors open at noon so that you can mingle and eat lunch if you like (the café at the library has wonderful food).

Sign up here so that we can have a chair and a syllabus waiting when you arrive!

The Listeners Club also has a local radio show on Huntley Community Radio. Click here to listen to the show on podcast.