The Evanston Symphony Orchestra, directed by Lawrence Eckerling, will open its 68th season, titled Celebrate Evanston!, on Nov. 10 with a 2:30 p.m. concert at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern campus.
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 narrator for Saint-Saëns’ “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’s “Bolero,” Offenbach’s” Overture to “Orpheus in the Underworld,” and Mussorgsky’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’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in May, and Evanston’s North Shore Choral Society will join the ESO for Verdi’s” Requiem” in June.