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After an 18-month hiatus, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra is planning a return to the concert stage with a free, one-hour outdoor concert at the Wallace Bowl in Wilmette’s Gillson Park at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29.
The program includes light classics, movie music, and Broadway show tunes.
Details for the ESO’s 2021-22 season will be announced soon, said Music Director Lawrence Eckerling. The orchestra is planning a regular four-program season plus holiday concert.
The last time the ESO performed was February 2020. The March and May programs were canceled due to the pandemic.
“We’re ecstatic about playing again,” Mr. Eckerling said. “It can’t happen soon enough.”
The August pops concert at Gillson Park consists of the Overture to “La Gazza Ladra” (The Thieving Magpie) by Rossini; The “Carousel Waltz” by Richard Rodgers; “Pops Hoedown” by Richard Hayman; Theme from “Schindler’s List” by John Williams, featuring ESO concertmaster Julie Fischer as the featured violin soloist; the “Superman March” by John Williams; Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”; and “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.
The concert rain date is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at the same location.
For more information, check the ESO’s web site.