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Blockbusters of 1830 by Berlioz and Chopin Highlight March 5 Concert of Evanston Symphony Orchestra

Blockbusters of 1830 by Berlioz and Chopin Highlight March 5 Concert of Evanston Symphony Orchestra

January 30, 2017, Evanston, IL — The Evanston Symphony Orchestra continues its 71st season — titled Symphonic Blockbusters — at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston conducted by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling on Sunday March 5, 2017 at 2:30 PM. The program includes works by Hector Berlioz and Frederick Chopin and features the ESO debut of pianist Sean Chen, the third prize winner of the 2013 Cliburn Competition. Mr. Chen is replacing Kate Liu, who had to withdraw due to a performance related injury.

The major work on the program is the Symphonie fantastique of Hector Berlioz, one of music’s greatest advances in the art of orchestration, which was premiered in December 1830 in Paris. Mr. Chen will take the solo role in the First Piano Concerto of Chopin, premiered in Warsaw in October 1830.

Advance tickets at $30 ($25 for seniors, $5 for full-time students) are available on-line at or by calling 847.864.8804. FREE children’s tickets (12 and under) are only available by calling 847.864.8804.

Founded in 1945, the Evanston Symphony was the Illinois Council of Orchestra’s “Orchestra of the Year” in 2010.  The ESO mission is to provide community members of all ages with convenient, affordable opportunities to perform and hear fine classical music from locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists. 

Sean Chen


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Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

Friday, November 8 at 1:30 pm

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, Mindy Kaufman, at Musical Insights. She and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the November concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, November 8 at 1:30 pm,
The Merion Crystal Ballroom at
1611 Chicago Avenue at Davis Street, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to 847-562-5318.

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