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ESO Celebrates Banner 70th Season with Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky & Other Favorites, Plus Evanston’s Own Howard Levy Playing His Harmonica Concerto and ‘Porgy and Bess’

ESO Celebrates Banner 70th Season with Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky & Other Favorites, Plus Evanston’s Own Howard Levy Playing His Harmonica Concerto and ‘Porgy and Bess’

The award-winning Evanston Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 70th season on October 25 with a concert of much-loved favorites: Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade featuring concertmaster Julie Fischer in the prominent violin solos.

Our second subscription concert, on Febebruary 14 features Evanston’s own music legend Howard Levy, who joins the ESO in his Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica, plus selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Also on the program is the Illinois premiere of popular American composer Christopher Theofanidis’s Dreamtime Ancestors, commissioned by a consortium of American orchestras including the ESO.

Our third subscription concert on April 10 is all-Beethoven from his “heroic” middle period: the 5th Symphony, the overture to Egmont and the 3rd Piano Concerto with soloist Inna Faliks.

Our final concert on June 5 features two of the ESO’s most popular soloists doing double duty: violinist Irina Muresanu and cellist Wendy Warner performing the Brahms’ Double Concerto, plus a special violin-cello arrangement of a Dvorak Slavonic Dance. The program and season concludes with Dvorak’s powerful 7th Symphony.

Subscriptions to the four-concert 2015-2016 concert series are just $96, more than 30% off the box office price! Seniors 62 and over save even more—four concerts for only $80. Call 847-864-8804 or go online to to purchase your tickets now. Children 12 and under are admitted free at our Pick-Staiger concerts, but require reserved seats, available by calling 847-864-8804.

All concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. and are held at Pick-Staiger Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston. Pre-concert Musical Insights preview programs are at 1:30 p.m. on the Friday preceding each concert at The Merion, 1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Admission is free.


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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, William Hagen, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the October concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, October 20 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.