Skokie native Julie Fischer has been named the Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s new concertmaster.Submitted photo

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The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 69th season with a new concertmaster, Julie Fischer and the Midwest Premiere of Weinberg’s Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes. Ms. Fischer grew up in Skokie and received her undergraduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her master’s degree with honors in 2004 and her graduate diploma with distinction in 2005 from the New England Conservatory of Music.

She currently is on the teaching faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and coaches the chamber music program at Midwest Young Artists. In addition, she maintains her own teaching studio. She has won the prestigious Fischoff Competition three times.

“I am excited and honored to be named concertmaster of the Evanston Symphony,” she said. She noted that she appeared with the ESO in 1998 as a winner of the Young Artists’ Competition, playing the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. “I never imagined when I soloed with the orchestra as a teenager then that I would be leading it 16 years later.”

“We are thrilled the ESO will have Julie to play the important concertmaster solos in Strauss’s Four Last Songs and in the symphonic suite from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake later this season,” said ESO Music Director Lawrence Eckerling.

The season opens 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Pick-Staiger Hall with a program titled Russian Rhapsodies highlighted by the Midwest premiere of the “Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes” by the Russian-Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. The program also features award-winning pianist Kate Liu as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and will conclude with the masterful Fifth Symphony of Prokofiev.

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