I recently saw on Facebook a question posed…If you could sit down for an hour to talk with someone, past or present, who would you choose to talk to? My reply was “Beethoven.” Obviously, that isn’t possible. While I surely would love to know the details surrounding his metronome markings in his symphonies (and it’s something we likely will never know), he did leave some unique information which can be seen as documentation that we don’t have with many other composers.
2013–2014 CONCERT SERIES: CELEBRATE EVANSTON!
Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!
Enhance your concert experience with a sneak preview — Composers come alive and their passions take center stage when ESO General Manager David Ellis and ESO Maestro Lawrence Eckerling take you on an insider’s tour of the history and highlights behind the music.
Meet our soloist, Sang Mee Lee, at Musical Insights. She and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the May concert program in depth.
Friday, May 4 at 1:30 pm,
North Shore Retirement Hotel
1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.
The Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) has named Evanston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Lawrence Eckerling its 2014 Conductor of the Year.
“The following criteria were used in the competitive evaluation for Conductor of the Year: innovation in programming and soloist selection, personal involvement in community, relationship with musicians and board and quality of performances,” said Gregory Clemons, director, ICO awards program. “Maestro Eckerling was deemed by the committee to have the highest level achievement in each of these areas.”
We are a community orchestra which performs five concerts each season. Our players volunteer their time to play with us.
Chicago’s own Sang Mee Lee will perform one of the most popular violin concertos of all time, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, at the Evanston Symphony’s May 4 concert at 2:30 p.m. at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
The Third Symphony by Beethoven is one of the most famous and radical works of art ever created. It was “one of the turning points in musical history,” according to Harold Schoenberg, one-time senior music critic for The New York Times. Patrons at the Vienna premiere in April 1805 must have had “an experience…that was an electrifying, frightening encounter with revolution, with a force sufficient to blast doors and windows out of the room,” wrote critic Michael Steinberg in his book The Symphony.
Note that our concert title is not “The Three B’s,” a phrase coined by the noted German conductor Hans von Bülow which refers to Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Our three ‘B’s’ do include Beethoven, but his “Eroica” Symphony is joined by masterpieces by Max Bruch and Samuel Barber.
Join the Evanston Symphony Orchestra for a performance of the Overture to The School for Scandal by the twentieth century American composer Samuel Barber. Barber wrote his Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5, as a young student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He would travel to Europe in the summers to continue his studies with his Curtis composition teacher, Rosario Scalero. Barber composed Overture to The School for Sandal as his graduation thesis during one of these trips in the summer of 1931.