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Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Andrew Grams and Chief Executive Officer David Bearden announce the ESO’s 66th season. The 2016/17 season marks Grams’ fourth as music director, and he recently extended his contract through the 2020-21 season. The season features many beloved masterworks and lesser known pieces, and the ESO debuts of several up-and-coming guest artists.
Andrew Grams leads seven (7) weeks of subscription programs with the ESO during the 2016/17 season, and will present Musically Speaking pre-concert chats before each of these performances. In addition, he will host a new program Inside the Music with Andrew Grams, lively 90-minute presentations that use visuals and musical excerpts to explore in-depth two masterworks to be presented in upcoming concerts, Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1947) and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.
“This season is sure to please traditional classical music lovers since it features beloved works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky,” says Grams. “Our Inside the Music programs are designed to lift the veil on how great orchestral music works it magic on us. In a relaxed and casual setting, the ESO and I will show audiences what makes a masterpiece tick and how all the small parts make up the greatest whole.”
Grams’ classical programs contain works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dukas, Liadov, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Respighi, Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Vaughn Williams, and include many works that haven’t been performed by the ESO before.