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The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will open its 72nd season, “Music from Many Lands.” At 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern University campus. Music Director Lawrence Eckerling will conduct the program, which includes works by Beethoven, Schumann and Sibelius and features the ESO debut of rising star violinist William Hagen.

 Mr. Hagen will solo in the Violin Concerto by the Finnish master Jean Sibelius, and the program opens with Schumann’s impassioned Manfred Overture. The concluding work on the program is Beethoven’s popular and dynamic Seventh Symphony.

Season subscriptions for the four concerts are available at www.evanstonsymphony.org or by calling 847-864-8804. Children’s tickets are only available by calling.
 Founded in 1945, the Evanston Symphony is the 2017 Illinois Council of Orchestra’s Orchestra of the Year.  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.

The Merion, ESO Host Free Program/Recital
The Merion, in conjunction with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, will host Musical Insights, a free lecture program open to the public at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Crystal Ballroom of The Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave., with special guest violinist William Hagen.
 Mr. Hagen will join Lawrence Eckerling, Music Director of the ESO, in a discussion/demonstration of the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius, which they will perform at the Oct. 30 ESO concert.  The Musical Insights presentation will also cover the other works on the program. The program lasts about an hour and concludes with a question-and-answer session and free refreshments.