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Music Emojis: Feelings, Connections, Life

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:15 am
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:15 am
Doors open at 11:00 am
Hemmens Cultural Center

Appropriate for children Grades 2-8
45 minutes (no intermission)
$10 General Admission Ticket – Advance purchase required by 3 pm on Monday, April 9

Stephen Squires, conductor
Ifetayo Ali-Landing, cello

Concert Program
Handel, Le Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks Music
Mahler, Symphony No. 1 (Opening of 1st movement)
Elfman/Wasson, Music from Spiderman
Kabalevsky, Galop from The Comedians
Lalo, Cello Concerto, (3rd movement) featuring Ifetayo Ali-Landing, cello
Falla, Miller’s Dance from Three-Cornered Hat
Jennifer Higdon, Machine
Williams, Flying Theme from E.T.

Music Emojis: Feelings, Connections, Life, explores how music expresses emotion.  The ESO Ainsworth Concerts for Youth are designed to introduce children in grades 2-8 to the fundamentals of music. The 2018 concerts include works by traditional and contemporary composers like George F. Handel, Gustav Mahler, Danny Elfman and John Williams. The concerts are sponsored by ESO Board Member and 2017 Illinois Council of Orchestras’ Volunteer of the Year Sterling Ainsworth, and the Elgin Symphony League.

Guest artist, Ifetayo Ali-Landing, began her musical studies on violin when she was able to stand. At age 3, she decided that she preferred the mellow sounds of the cello and begged her mother to switch. She was allowed to switch at age 4. She was selected as one of the winners of the 2016 DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers competition and performed as soloist with the Festival’s Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, she has placed or received honorable mentions for the Society of American Musicians (SAM) competition, Depaul Concerto Festival for Young Musicians competition, and the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius competition.

Call the box office at 847-888-4000 to purchase tickets.  Reservations must be made in advance by 3 pm on Monday, April 9. No box office will be available onsite day-of concerts.


Thank you to our Sponsors:

S.E. Ainsworth & Family

James & Ruth Ann Snodgrass


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