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EventEvanston Symphony Holiday Concert
Address1600 Dodge Ave
DetailsHow Evanston Celebrates The Holidays
The Evanston Symphony will continue its beloved tradition of collaborating with arts groups from throughout Evanston and the North Shore to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s Holiday Concert returns to Evanston Township High School at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 and features the Symphony in collaboration with the North Shore Choral Society, the Evanston Dance Ensemble, the Evanston Children’s Choir, plus the very popular Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir, organized by Rev. Kenneth Cherry.
With 350 musicians, dancers and singers participating and more than 1,000 in the audience, this is the biggest indoor arts event of the year in Evanston. Even Santa will get into the act, leading the audience in a sing-along of favorite Christmas carols. “The ESO Holiday concert is so special because we are able to collaborate with so many local arts organizations in the same concert,” said ESO Music Director Larry Eckerling. “And because there are so many different organizations participating, with so many styles of music, it provides us with an opportunity to entertain the largest possible audience base in our community, from many different backgrounds, and many different ages.”
“The annual Evanston Holiday Concert is one of the most enjoyable and thoroughly inclusive arts events of the year, bringing together hundreds of local instrumentalists, singers and dancers to put on a wonderful show to entertain people of all ages,” said Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty. The afternoon concert will feature everyone’s favorite holiday music. The full orchestra will play the Sleigh Ride of Leroy Anderson and White Christmas by Irving Berlin. Back by popular demand are the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s tap-dancing reindeer the Ensemble will also interpret the “Dream Pantomime” from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and a sleigh ride by Prokofiev. And the Rocket Sleigh will portray orchestrally how Santa is able to deliver the world’s presents in one night. The North Shore Choral Society will join the ESO in selections from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah. And be prepared to be moved by our very own gospel choir singing a special arrangement of Stand by Me, accompanied by the orchestra.
For the grand finale, the NSCS, the Evanston Children’s Choir, and the ESO will be joined by the gospel choir in the “Hallelujah” from Quincy Jones’ “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration”, using an orchestration specially commissioned by Evanston Symphony. You will be on your feet for this number, we promise. The Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert takes place 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec 2 at Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave. in Evanston. For more information, and to take advantage of early pricing discounts by ordering tickets in advance, visit www.evanstonsymphony.org or call 847-864-8804.
Editors: Journalists are welcome to tape and photograph the concert dress rehearsal, at which all the participating arts organizations will be practicing, starting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the auditorium of Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. in Evanston. Please call ESO General Manager David Ellis at the above number to confirm.
Start DateSunday, December 2, 2018
Start Time3:00 PM
End Time5:00 PM
Additional InformationDavid Ellis General Manager
Web Addresshttp://www.evanstonsymphony.org

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