The Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s mission statement is “To serve and engage a broad audience through the performance of powerful symphonic music and dynamic educational programs while developing strong community relationships.”
The ESO Education and Community Outreach programs provide something for everyone. These include a wide selection of musical offerings to accommodate every age group. Our programs for youth include our annual Ainsworth Concerts for Youth, Traveling Ensembles, Masterclasses and Family Concerts – reaching more than 25,000 students per season.
2020-2021 SEASON Education and Community Outreach Programs
Bring the ESO to your location! Inviting one of our Traveling Ensembles to perform at your home, school, retirement community or event is an enjoyable way to educate and entertain. It also provides a rare opportunity to see and hear professional musicians play their instruments in an informal setting.
We are currently working on our 2021 Ainsworth Concerts for Youth programs. Check back soon for Spring 2021 dates.
We are currently working on our 2021 Masterclasses. Check back soon for Spring 2021 dates.
The maestro Andrew Grams designs each Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert to be a stimulating musical journey. Of course, when you travel it’s always wise to bring a guidebook to point out the details. Think of the Listeners Club as your musical guidebook…with the magnetic Jim Kendros, composer and music lecturer, as your tour guide!
The Listeners Club meetings are free to anyone and take place on the Wednesday before every concert weekend at the Gail Borden Public Library from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The doors open at noon so that you can mingle and eat lunch if you like (the café at the library has wonderful food).