Submitted by the Evanston Symphony Orchestra
The inaugural concert of The Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-2023 subscription season, its 76th, has something for everyone: The first widely performed female African American composer, groundbreaking American musical theater and one of the most beloved pieces in the Russian piano repertory.
Led by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, the ESO will perform Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, and Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. The symphony will also be joined by piano soloist Inna Faliks, an ESO audience favorite, in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The concert begins at 2:30 at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on Sunday, Oct. 30.
“With our first concert of the season, we have something for everybody,” said Eckerling. “We have a suite from what arguably is one of the most ground-breaking musicals of all time in Bernstein’s West Side Story. We have renowned pianist Inna Faliks returning to the ESO playing Rachmaninoff’s beloved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. And we have a great symphony that not nearly enough people have heard composed by African American composer Florence Price.”
On Friday, Oct. 28, Eckerling and soloist Faliks will preview the program during Musical Insights, sponsored by The Merion. Eckerling will provide an insider’s tour of the history and highlights behind the Price and Bernstein pieces. Faliks will play selections from the Rachmaninoff. Musical Insights begins at 1:30 in the Crystal Ballroom at the Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave. The program is free and open to the public, but please RSVP at 847-570-7815.
ESO Board President Margaret Gergen said, “I am excited to experience the Florence Price selection played by a live orchestra. I have great appreciation for her work, but have not heard any of it live before so I am particularly anticipating this concert. And of course, my toes will be tapping to every note of the West Side Story piece!”
For the comfort and safety of the audience, the orchestra, and staff, masks and proof of vaccination and boosters are required for attendance at the concert and Musical Insights.
One can subscribe to the season at evanstonsymphony.org or by calling interim General Manager Fiona Queen at 847-864-8804. Donations can also be made through the website and by phone.