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The Evanston Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has been named “Community Orchestra of the Year” for 2010 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, a statewide organization consisting of 188 professional and community orchestras. 

The announcement of the honor was made at the ESO’s concert on March 21, 2010, before a near-capacity 880 attendees at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston.  The award was based on musical excellence, quality of programming, community outreach and organizational capability.  The ESO was one of 19 orchestras nominated for the award. 

Under Musical Director Lawrence Eckerling, the 90-member ESO performs six concerts a year.  

Reacting to the announcement, Eckerling said: “It is always an honor to be recognized by one’s peers in the arts community. This award belongs not only to our superb musicians but to our hundreds of loyal patrons.” 

Cheryl Haack, ESO Board President, added: “We have wonderful chemistry at ESO between the musicians, our musical director, our Board and our administration. The award is reflective of this effective teamwork.” 

Founded in 1945, the ESO’s 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.