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Submitted by the Evanston Symphony Orchestra
The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will perform a special free Pops Concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Gillson Park’s Wallace Bowl in Wilmette. Led by ESO Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, the concert this year is part of the celebrations for Wilmette’s 150th anniversary in 2022. In the event it is rained out the rain date is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.
The program will feature light classics, show tunes and movie music including two selections each from John Williams and Leroy Anderson, and three dances from Copland’s Rodeo. It concludes with John Philip Sousa’s Washington Post March.
“I’m just thrilled that we will be giving our second performance at the magnificent Wallace Bowl” says Eckerling. “It’s a spectacular place to hold an outdoor summer concert. We all can’t wait!”
The concert is presented by the Wilmette Sesquicentennial committee and is co-sponsored by Byline Bank and The Mabadi Group. The ESO is partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council and the Illinois Arts Council.
Activities for children, including an instrument petting zoo, will be provided by Baker Demonstration School beginning at 6 p.m.
“The Evanston Symphony Orchestra is an outstanding group of 85 talented musicians, and the Wallace Bowl is a beautiful venue for a summertime concert honoring Wilmette’s Sesquicentennial,” said John Jacoby, co-chair, Wilmette Sesquicentennial Planning Committee.
Free parking in the gate-controlled beach parking lot has been secured for ESO concert attendees after 5:30 p.m. on the day of the concert only. Accessibility and handicapped spaces are also available in this lot. Before 5:30 p.m. a season pass or a daily parking fee is required. In addition, there is limited street parking available. However, Middle Drive has been reserved for ESO performers only. A downloadable, printable map is available at Wilmette Gillson Park Parking Map.
Information on the ESO’s 2022-23 season can be found on the symphony’s website Evanston Symphony Orchestra or by calling the symphony’s phone line at 847-864-8804.