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ESO Music Director Andrew Grams Conducts Copland and Shostakovich Jan 30 and 31 at Hemmens Cultural Center

Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Music Director Andrew Grams conducts Copland and Shostakovich on Saturday, January 30, 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 31, 2:30 pm at Elgin’s Hemmens Cultural Center. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring tells the story of a family of early pioneers who enthusiastically embrace the American dream of unlimited possibilities in the land of opportunity. Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 depicts the violence and bloodshed of the 1905 Russian Revolution. The program will transport audiences to these two very different worlds existing at the same time in history. Tickets start at $30 and concertgoers are invited to attend a Musically Speaking pre-concert chat with Andrew Grams one hour prior to the performance. For tickets, contact the Box Office at 847-888-4000 or visit ElginSymphony.org.

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Elgin Symphony Wins Grant to Perform More American Music

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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will be featuring a piece of American classical or contemporary music in every concert during the 2015-16 season beginning Oct. 3, officials said Monday.

It will be funded through a $4,000 American Music Project Grant award. American Music Project is a new, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and underwriting performances of old American classical music and selectively commissioning new works from American composers.

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Elgin Symphony to Present Master Class with Cellist Lynn Harrell

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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will host a master class with renowned cellist Lynn Harrell at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.

Classes are free and open to the public. Students may apply for the opportunity to perform for Harrell. Applications are available for download on the ESO website, www.elginsymphony.org. The application deadline is Sept. 7.

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New contract for Grams in harmony with upgraded Hemmens sound system

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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra hosted a celebration party recently at the Anvil Club in East Dundee in honor of Music Director, Andrew Grams’ extended five-year contract. The event was well attended by staff, subscribers, and musicians.

Addressing those in attendance, Grams recalled “when Dave Bearden, ESO Chief Executive Officer approached me about extending my three year contract, I immediately knew what my answer would be. It was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made. Everything has been going so well and the team is so great. I had no hesitation whatsoever.”

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Music Director aims to expand support for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra

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After signing a five-year contract to remain music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra through the 2020-2021 season, Andrew Grams said the deal allows him time to further establish the roots of the organization.

“The things I want to do here are somewhat amorphous in terms of the ensemble and team,” Grams said. “But toward the big picture, my goal is to make sure the symphony is better off artistically and financially and stronger than when I started.”

Having the five years also allows more flexibility in planning concert bills and booking guest artists, Grams said, as he hopes to sew a thread between pieces performed on those bills and from concert to concert and season to season.


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