Winters in Finland are long, cold and dark, but when the spring sun finally kisses the vast Scandanavian landscape, it brings with it unparalleled joy. Jean Sibelius’s second symphony is a musical postcard from this transition; dark to light, cold to warm, isolation to celebration.
Stephen Squires, conductor
Stella Chen, violin
Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major
Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major
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SAFETY PROTOCOLS The safety of our patrons, musicians and staff has been and will be our top priority. ESO does not own its own performance space, so we will be coordinating with each rental facility regarding cleaning and sanitizing practices and the proper amount of fresh and recycled airflow in their ventilation systems. We continue to monitor best practices from reputable sources on a daily basis. Every patron attending an ESO event during the pandemic will be notified 10-14 days prior to each event date via email, phone and/or mail of safety protocols for their upcoming event. Safety protocols will be based on the current Restore Illinois Phase and CDC guidelines at that time and may or may not include temperature checks, health screening questions, mandatory wearing of face covering, socially distanced seating, timed arrival, restroom or concession breaks by seating area and self-parking (as examples). We will adhere to the policies mandated by local and state health officials as they develop. If at any time during the pandemic, you do not feel comfortable attending a concert due to safety protocols or for personal reasons, you may contact the ESO Box Office to donate your ticket value, ask for an ESO account credit or refund.
At this time, no changes have been made to the ESO concerts scheduled from January through May 2021. The ESO staff will continue to monitor the pandemic throughout the fall. Physical tickets for the 2021 concerts will not be mailed out in August 2020 as originally planned. Ticket holders for the 2021 concerts will be notified of any schedule changes and/or safety protocols by November 2020. If no changes need to be made to the spring 2021 concert schedule, then physical tickets and donor benefits will be mailed shortly after our November 2020 announcement.