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The fourth and final subscription concert of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s 73rd season – themed “Virtuosos” – will feature the virtuoso voices of the North Shore Choral Society, the Evanston Children’s Choir, soprano Michelle Areyzaga, tenor Peder Reiff and baritone Christopher Magiera in Carl Orff’s blockbuster “Carmina Burana.” Orff’s popular work will conclude a program performed at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston conducted by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling at 2:30 p.m. on May 12.
The first half of the concert will feature the Evanston Symphony’s tribute to the centennial of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, with two of his most popular works: the “Chichester Psalms” with the North Shore Choral Society and boy soloist William Lewis and the virtuoso aria “Glitter and Be Gay” from “Candide,” sung by Michelle Areyzaga. The concert opens with John Williams’ “To Lenny, To Lenny (For New York),” composed for Mr. Bernstein’s 70th birthday.
The Friday before, May 10, The Merion, in conjunction with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, will host Musical Insights, a free lecture program open to the public at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of The Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave.
Ms. Areyzaga will sing a special selection of Mr. Bernstein’s music, with Maestro Eckerling providing piano accompaniment. ESO General Manager David Ellis and Maestro Eckerling will preview Mr. Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and the choral blockbuster finale of the concert and the season: Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”
The May 10 program lasts about an hour and concludes with a question-and-answer session and free refreshments. It is free and open to the public.
Single tickets to the May 12 concert are available online at www.evanstonsymphony.org or by calling 847-864-8804. Free tickets for children ages 12 and under are available only by calling 847-864-8804.