A world premiere by composer Gwyneth Walker and Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony highlight the Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of 2011, at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Pick-Staiger concert hall on the Northwestern campus.

“The Promised Land: Songs of the Next Life” is a cycle of four songs written for the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and soprano soloist Michelle Areyzaga.  A resident of Vermont, Dr. Walker has written more than 200 compositions for orchestra, band, chorus and chamber ensembles.  Ms. Areyzaga, who has performed before with the Evanston Symphony to great acclaim, enjoys a longstanding association with Gwyneth Walker, having premiered and recorded several of her song cycles.

Conducted by music director Lawrence Eckerling, the orchestra is celebrating its 65th  season.

Tickets are $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, $5 for students with student ID, and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available on line at www.evanstonsymphony.org or by calling 847-864-8804. Tickets will also be available at the box office on the day of the concert at $30 for adults and $25 for seniors, with the prices for student and child tickets unchanged.