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Sunday Family Concerts

Thanks to a new partnership our Family Series has moved from Hemmens to the Gail Borden Public Library. Featuring small ensembles of ESO musicians, the programs will teach fundamentals of music while entertaining with stories, interactive participation, and even magic! Pre-concert activities will begin an hour beforehand and include crafts and music activities.

Tickets are free, first come first served, and can be picked up in person at both the Gail Borden branch and the Rakow branch starting three weeks prior to the concerts.

Or you may call the Gail Borden Library to reserve your tickets at 847-742-2411.

Concerts take place at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL 60120 and begin at 2:00 pm.

Upcoming Concerts

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

A Musical Tour of Chicago

The Elgin Symphony Woodwind Quintet will present a program called “A Musical Tour of Chicago” on Sunday, November 20, 2016.  The program will include music that represents many of Chicago’s cultural icons and ethnic communities, such as the Lakefront, the Art Institute, Chinatown, the Lyric Opera, and more.

The Magic of Music
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The Magic of Music is a unique program created by and featuring ESO musicians Daniela and Michael Folker along with their very musical and magical son, Christopher. Following in the steps of the great illusion shows of the last century, the Magic of Music takes audiences to exotic places around the world featuring rarely seen magical illusions accompanied by the beautiful musical notes from Daniela’s violin. The mix of humor, mystique, and beautiful music and brightly decorated illusions make for a fun filled and memorable show that will have audiences talking about for days to come.

Fused Art
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

With Elizabeth Start, cello

Images from poetry invade a composer’s and artist’s mind, inspiring new creations. Join ESO cellist, composer, and fused glass artist Betsy Start and her ESO friends as they show you how poetry can spark the imagination to create music and visual art. Hear how the poetic imagery takes form in musical notes and phrases, and see the fused glass artworks it inspired.

From dragonflies to lawnmowers, birds, lakes, constellations, grandfather clocks and snakes, you will hear the imagery in the poems, read by the poet himself, and see how a poetic turn of phrase can inspire sounds, both familiar and strange, on musical instruments, including the electric cello. Then we will turn the idea around, and the audience will help create a musical piece using multiple choice endings, and create their own story to go along with it.