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May 2017 Concert

2:30 pm
Sunday May 7, 2017

Cinema Blockbusters


Phenomenal virtuoso Jeffrey Biegel debuts with the ESO in the blockbuster of all piano concertos, the Third Concerto of Rachmaninoff. The 1996 film Shine was built around the struggles of pianist David Helfgott with the mental and pianist challenges posed by this epic concerto. Prokofiev’s concert suite drawn from his 1934 score for the Soviet film Lt. Kije is a long-time favorite, and the program concludes with another concert suite, prepared by composer John Williams from his blockbuster Star Wars.


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Musical Insights Free Pre-Concert Preview the Friday before this concert.
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  • Rachmaninoff
  • Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor

    Jeffrey Biegel, piano

  • Prokofiev
  • Lt. Kije Suite
  • Williams
  • Star Wars Symphonic Suite

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
See map.


Buy Tickets

All tickets are assigned seating.

Advance Sales

$30 Adult, $25 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

At the Door Sales

$35 Adult, $30 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

Children Free

Children 12 and younger are admitted absolutely FREE, but must have an assigned seat.
Please call 847.864.8804 or email for all orders with children’s tickets.


Jeffrey Biegel, Piano

Jeffrey Biegel

Musical Insights

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, Jeffrey Biegel, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the May concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, May 5 at 1:30 pm,
The Merion Crystal Ballroom at
1611 Chicago Avenue at Davis Street, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served and casual tours of newly renovated apartments will be available after the program.


The Evanston Symphony Orchestra is proud to provide videos to educate you about the pieces we perform and, at times, the soloists who will be performing. The video(s) below are examples only and do not represent performances by the Evanston Symphony Orchestra unless noted.

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor

in the legendary 1982 performance by Martha Argerich and the Berlin Radio Symphony conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

John Williams
Symphonic Suite from Star Wars

Main Theme with Franz Welser-Most and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Princess Leia's Theme and the Imperial March with Franz Welser-Most and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Throne Room and Finale with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic