Concert Season: 2017-2018
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm
The tradition continues! A holiday musical extravaganza for the entire family, complete with an appearance by a very special visitor from the North Pole.
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 7 at 2:30 pm
With works by Dvořák and Liszt, and featuring guest violinist, Bulgarian Bella Hristova, these concerts have a distinct Slavic flair. The famous Hungarian Rhapsody has been used in countless Warner Brothers and Disney cartoons. This program also holds Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6, and the ESO premiere of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm
A program of John Williams’s film scores from Steven Spielberg movies conducted by ESO Music Director Andrew Grams. With music from E.T., Jaws, Close Encounters and more, this evening is sure to entertain.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 11 at 2:30 pm
Experience elation and anguish, the bittersweet dichotomy of life, with this program that holds Vivaldi’s joyous Gloria and the transcendent masterwork, Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the Elgin Master Chorale and special guest soloists.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm
ESO favorite William Wolfram, piano, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on these concerts. Chicago-area guest conductor Edwin Outwater, known for his dynamic musical interpretations, will conduct the program, which includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12.
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Andrew Grams and the ESO demystify the process of creating a masterwork. Dive deep into Elgar’s Enigma Variations 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.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm
This program features Elgar’s Cello Concerto, arguably the most exquisite concerto ever written for cello, performed by the 2016 Sphinx Competition winner, Thomas Mesa. These concerts also explore the theme and variation form in two works: Brahms’ Haydn Variations and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm
These season finale concerts hold the ESO premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Suite, part of a worldwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The program will also feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, which conveys a dazzling array of emotions. The fourth movement of this symphony, Adagietto, may be the most famous of all his works.