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ESO named 2017 Community Orchestra of the Year

Letter from our Music Director

The importance of music in District 65 schools

March 2017 Concert Press Releases

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

Chicago Tribune. March 2, 2017 by Donald Liebenson Evanston Symphony Orchestra performs hits of 1830

December 2016 Concert Press Release


October 2016 Concert Press Release

Blockbusters from Vienna Highlight Opening of Evanston Symphony Orchestra Season

June 2016 Concert Press Releases

Wendy Warner and Irina Muresanu Highlight Evanston Symphony Orchestra Brahms and Dvořák Doubled Concert

The Merion and Evanston Symphony Orchestra Host Free Program/Recital Headlined by Wendy Warner and Irina Muresanu

February 2016 Post-Concert Letter

Howard Levy open letter to the orchestra

February 2016 Concert Preview

Evanston Review. February 8, 2016 by Dorothy Andries (link to article on ESO website), “Harmonica, state premiere part of Evanston Symphony concert” (link to publication)

Press Release

February 2016 Concert Press Release, “Howard Levy and Illinois Premiere Highlight Evanston Symphony Orchestra Valentine’s Day Concert,” January 25, 2016

Press Release

2015 Holiday Concert Press Release, "Annual ESO Holiday Concert on December 6 Continues Tradition," November 2, 2015

Press Release

Scheherazade Highlights Opening of Evanston Symphony Orchestra Season, October 5, 2015

Press Release

2014 Holiday Concert Press Release, November 12, 2014

October 2014 Concert Preview

Pioneer Press, October 23, 2014 (link to PDF), “Evanston Symphony celebrates Romanticism” (link to publication)

Press Release

ESO Music Director Named Illinois ‘Conductor of the Year’, March 28, 2014

November 2013: The Arts in Evanston

Evanston Now, “Mayor, NU president talk up the arts" By Lee V. Gaines, November 10, 2013 (link to publication)

May 2013 Concert Preview

Pioneer Press, May 3, 2013 (link to PDF), “Orchestra evokes the English countryside” (link to publication)

October 2012 Concert Review

Pioneer Press, October 23, 2012 (link to PDF), “Improved Evanston Symphony Orchestra performs” (link to publication)

March 2012 preview: ESO accompanies Chicago Chamber Choir

Pioneer Press, March 20, 2012 (link to PDF), “Chicago Chamber Choir sings in Northbrook” (link to publication)

March 2012 Concert Review

Pioneer Press, March 17, 2012 (link to PDF), “Warmth and beauty from Evanston Symphony ” (link to publication)

March 2012 Frank Miller Presentation

Shirley Miller presents baton to Maestro EckerlingTribLocal, March 11, 2012 (link to PDF), “Historic Baton Presented to ESO Music Director Eckerling” (link to publication)

Evanston Roundtable, March 28, 2012 (link to PDF), “Historic Baton to ESO Director” (link to publication)

An ESO Christmas Raffle Prize

TribLocal, December 15, 2011 (link to PDF), “Evanston Symphony Christmas Raffle Winner” (link to publication)

October 2011 Concert Review

Pioneer Press, October 27, 2011 (link to PDF), “ESO delivers in 66th opener ” (link to publication)

CD Release

TribLocal, September 19, 2011 (link to PDF), “Evanston Symphony Issues First CD” (link to publication)

Daily Northwestern, September 19, 2011 (link to PDF), “Evanston Symphony releases first commerical album” (link to publication)

May 2011 Concert Review

Pioneer Press, May 10, 2011 (PDF), “Conductor Wows at Keyboard”

May 2011 Concert Preview

Trib Local, April 18, 2011 (PDF), “Mr. Eckerling welcomes Mr.Gershwin”

Press Release

March 2011 Concert (PDF)


Lawrence Eckerling: Music keeps pace lively for busy conductor (PDF)

January 2011 Concert Preview

Pioneer Press Article (PDF)

Older news and reviews:

October 2010 Concert Review PDF
February 2010 Concert Review PDF
February 2009 Concert Review PDF
March 2008 Concert Review PDF
January 2008 Concert Review Link or Review PDF

ESO Music Director Named Illinois ‘Conductor of the Year’

Annual Review

View our Annual Review newsletter as an Acrobat PDF file.