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Mission & Goals

Mission Statement

The ESO is an Illinois not-for-profit community orchestra that provides quality, diverse, enjoyable and accessible classical musical entertainment that enriches the audience, orchestra and community.

Adam Neiman playing with the ESO
Music in Your World

Annual Review

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To provide local, convenient and affordable opportunities for community members of all ages to hear fine classical music from locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists.

  • 4 season concerts and one holiday benefit concert performed with diverse programming, good soloists, accessible location and quality performance.
  • Contracted performances as requested.
  • Ticket prices reasonable compared to other arts performances in the area.

To provide an outlet for the musical talents of people who reside in Evanston and surrounding communities.
To provide programs specifically for youth and older adults to attend and enjoy our concerts.

  • ‘Kidnotes’ – special program notes for younger audience members.
  • Music In Your World – a music program for Head Start children to introduce music in an engaging, structured program
  • Free pre-concert lectures, Musical Insights, and recitals.

Maintain current financial strength through effective marketing, public relations and fundraising efforts.