Evanston Symphony Orchestra
Announces Special Evanston 150 Concert
Evanston, IL &mdash The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will open its 68th season &ndash titled Celebrate Evanston! in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Evanston- with a special Evanston 150 concert at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston conducted by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling . The concert date is Sunday November 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM.
The program features the world premiere of Evanston Fanfare, composed for the ESO brass section by Mark Gresham. The Evanston focus continues with Kyle and Ryan Jannak-Huang, students at Evanston based Music Institute of Chicago, taking the duo-piano solos, and Toni-Marie Montgomery, Dean of the Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University, serving as the narrator, in Saint-Saë ns&rsquo Carnival of the Animals.
The remainder of the concert will highlight the virtuosity of members of the ESO, all of whom donate their services. Many members of the orchestra will play prominent solos in Ravel&rsquo s Bolero, Offenbach&rsquo s Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, and Mussorgsky&rsquo s Pictures at an Exhibition as orchestrated by Ravel.
Two of the other three concerts of the Celebrate Evanston! season will feature Evanston artists. Evanston born Sang Mee Lee, chairman of the Strings Department at the Music Institute of Chicago, will play the solo in Bruch&rsquo s Violin Concerto No. 1 on May 4, and Evanston&rsquo s North Shore Choral Society will join the ESO for Verdi&rsquo s monumental Requiem, which will end the season on June 15.
Season subscriptions for the four concerts are now available at $96 for adults, $80 for seniors (62 and over), $20 for full-time students and FREE for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Order forms and additional information are available on-line at www.evanstonsymphony.org or by calling 847.864.8804. On-line sales for single tickets will begin on August 1, 2013. Children&rsquo s tickets are only available by calling 847.864.8804.
Founded in 1945, the Evanston Symphony was the Illinois Council of Orchestra&rsquo s &ldquo Orchestra of the Year&rdquo in 2010. The ESO mission is to provide community members of all ages with convenient, affordable opportunities to perform and hear fine classical music from locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists.