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The Merion and Evanston Symphony Orchestra Host Free Program/Recital for “Cinema Blockbusters” Concert

The Merion and Evanston Symphony Orchestra Host Free Program/Recital for “Cinema Blockbusters” Concert

May 5, 2017, Evanston, IL — The Merion, in conjunction with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, will host Musical Insights, a free lecture program open to the public on Friday, May 5, 2017 starting at 1:30 p.m.in the Crystal Ballroom of The Merion, 1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, with special guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel.

Mr. Biegel will join Lawrence Eckerling, Music Director of the ESO, in a discussion/demonstration of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, featured in the film Shine, which they will perform at the ESO concert on Sunday, May 7 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston. The Musical Insights presentation will also cover the other works on this “Cinema Blockbusters” concert: John Williams’ suite from Star Wars and Prokofiev’s suite from Lt. Kijé.

The Merion recently received the Evanston Arts Council’s Leadership Award and is the sponsor of this popular lecture/recital series.  These programs discuss the upcoming concert on the Friday afternoon prior to each ESO subscription concert. Maestro Eckerling and ESO General Manager David Ellis use recordings, DVDs, and the piano to demonstrate musical ideas and themes.

The program lasts about an hour and concludes with a question-and-answer session and free refreshments.

Founded in 1945, the Evanston Symphony has just been named the “Community Orchestra of the Year” for 2017 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. The ESO offers five concerts a year with a mission 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.

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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, 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.