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ESO World Tour - Ainsworth Concerts for Youth

Ainsworth Concerts for Youth


2019 Program:

ESO World Tour

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Squires, conductor

Claire Arias-Kim, violin

Diane Handler, host


Li Huanzhi Spring Festival Overture (China)
Percy Grainger Shepherd’s Hey (Australia)
Henryk Wieniawski  Polonaise brillante No. 2 (Poland)—with soloist Claire Arias-Kim, violin
Michael Folker  African Drumming Demo (Africa)
Alex Shapiro Beneath (Ocean)
Arr. Krogstad Suite from “Frozen” (Antarctica?)
Leonard Bernstein Mambo from West Side Story (America/Latin America)

Grades 1 through 8
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 (Middle School Day)
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019

Cost: $7.50 per student (1 complimentary ticket for teacher/chaperone for every 10 purchased tickets)

Time: Concerts each day at 9:45 am and 11:15 am
Location: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL
Approximate concert length: 45 minutes
If you would like more information about a class field trip to the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin to hear the Elgin Symphony, contact:
Wendy Evans, director of community engagement and orchestra personnel
847-888-0404 ext. 238.


Claire Arias-Kim, 17, studies violin with Almita Vamos and is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians. Claire began her violin studies with Betty Haag at age 3. At 6 years of age, she had the opportunity of performing on tour with the The Magical Strings of Youth in Prague and had solo performances on the California tour.  Claire was the winner of the Jacobs School of Music Summer String Academy Concerto Competition as well as winner of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition. Other achievements include first place in the Sejong Music Competition and Granquist Music Competition as well as prizes in the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competition and DePaul Concerto Festival. Last year, Claire performed Lalo’s Symphony Espagnole with the Lakeview Orchestra after winning first place in their concerto competition. For two consecutive summers, Claire was one of 12 violinists selected to be part of the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program, a fully funded program made possible through the generosity of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation for ten to twelve highly gifted violinists. There she had the opportunity to perform the Mendelssohn and Saint Saens violin concertos with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. For three consecutive years, Claire was selected to participate with her chamber ensemble in the quarter-finals of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition where most recently she advanced to the semi-finals as a member of Trio Sarrasin. In 2017 she was selected to perform a recital at the Young Steinway Concert Series. Recently she was a National YoungArts Foundation Merit Winner. In the winter of 2017, Claire premiered Fantasy for Violin, Strings and Piano by Gong Qian Yang and performed the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang with the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra at the International Cultural Exchange Festival presented by the Chicago Chopin Society and American Music Festivals. This year she was selected as a 2018 semi-finalist for the 21st Annual Sphinx Competition. Claire has had violin masterclasses with Ilya Kaler, Vadim Gluzman, Kristof Barati, Yair Kless, Gerardo Ribeiro, Peter Herresthal, Rachel Barton-Pine and Olga Kaler as well as piano masterclasses with Dr. Brian Lee and Angela Yoffee. During the summer of 2017, she was a participant of the Bowdoin International Music Festival and this summer she attended the Aspen Music Festival under a merit scholarship studying with Robert Lipsett. This fall Claire will be a featured artist on WFMT’s “Introductions” where she will be performing a recital that will be simulcast live.



View the 2018-2019 Teachers Guide

Listen to the 2018-2019 Field Trip Music Samples

View the 2018-2019 Education Postcard

To reserve tickets or ask any questions contact:

Wendy Evans, Director of Community Engagement and Orchestra Personnel
847-888-0404 ext. 238.

Archived Teachers Guides:

View the 2017-2018 Teachers Guide (Music Emojis: Feelings. Connections. Life.
View the 2016-2017 Teachers Guide (Compose Yourself!)
View the 2015-2016 Teachers Guide (Garden of Your Mind)
View the 2014-2015 Teachers Guide (Thrill of the Orchestra)

Thank you to our Sponsors:

S.E. Ainsworth & Family

James & Ruth Ann Snodgrass

Bear Family Restaurants