• Schedule Update

    Stay tuned for details of our upcoming 2021-22 season. We can't wait to bring you concerts again, as soon as it's safe to do so.

    2020–21 season ticket holders will be exchanged into 2021–22.
    For other actions, click "My Tickets"

    More details available here.

     
    My Tickets:
    (if you don't wish to exchange)

  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" 28-Trombone Collaboration

    "Sometimes when you are surfing YouTube, you just land on something that is plain old fun. 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' a very famous vocal record by Queen, was arranged for a slew of trombones. Brilliantly arranged, played, and recorded. Everything doesn’t have to be 'serious.'" 

  • ESO’s
    Share The Stage

    Share the Stage lets you sponsor a chair in the Orchestra. It’s our way of recognizing that the ESO Community is made up of Orchestra Members and Supporters.

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Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

Friday, April 23 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.

Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the April concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, April 23 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.

Give the gift of music

Treat a friend or relative to the ESO

Give the gift of music by ordering directly from our website and purchasing a custom gift certificate in any denomination of your choice! Certificates may be redeemed for single ticket or season subscriptions for any of our concerts.

You will receive an electronic gift certificate or we can mail the certificate to you or directly to the recipient.

SHOP and Support the ESO!

Are you looking to buy a gift for someone at Amazon? Need to stock up on supplies from Amazon?

Amazon has a special program called Smile, where the company donates a small amount of your purchase to your designated charity. Once you select the ESO as your Smile recipient, just point your browser to smile.amazon.com each time you want to shop at Amazon and the Evanston Symphony will benefit. It won’t cost you a thing!

Thanks, and happy shopping.

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Latest news

February 2021 Concert Postponed, Virtual Performance Planned

As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues, Evanston Symphony Orchestra Announces Changes

November 4, 2020, Evanston, IL —With the COVID-19 pandemic in its third wave throughout the US, and case counts setting new records in Illinois, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Lawrence Eckerling have announced more changes to the 2020-2021 season, its 75th anniversary season.

Maestro Eckerling issued the following statement to the orchestra:

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ESO awarded "Community Relations of the Year" for 2020 by ICO

ICO

The Illinois Council of Orchestras is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of its annual awards for excellence in the field of music performance and for support of musical organizations. An awards panel of judges drawn from the Illinois Council of Orchestras Board of Directors and independent professional conductors and musicians reviewed nominations representing orchestras, youth orchestras, and chamber ensembles from throughout Illinois.

…Community Relations of the Year, Evanston Symphony Orchestra

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Program notes for all ages

The Evanston Symphony Orchestra now offers three different program books at our subscription concerts so all can enjoy the concert to the full. We have KidNotes to help younger audience members learn about the concert and include puzzles and other 'fidget-reducing' activities. We also offer large-print programs for patrons with reduced eyesight, and then our regular program books, all of which contain so much information to help you enjoy the concert.

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More about the ESO

ESO Holiday Concert videos

Are you feeling the absence of the Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert this year? We have something to provide some cheer! Visit our Holiday Concert Videos page and soak in the spirit, the fun and the beauty.

The ESO Recommends

A recent survey of ESO musicians confirms that the radio dials have been turning both at home and on the road. Members have also been exploring new works via streaming services and YouTube, as well as supporting fellow artists by listening to programming from orchestras around the world, among other music media. Some have even turned back the dial on time by dusting off CDs, LPs, and iPods to revisit old favorites. Here are some of the selections that rose to the top: 

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There's No Canceling the ESO!

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat…” So begins the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service, one that could apply just as well to symphony orchestras: we also strive to provide our patrons with that feeling of steadfastness, of confidence that the orchestra will be there as scheduled, performing great works of music to feed the soul. And that’s just what the ESO has done over its 75-year history—with a few exceptions.

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Pride In Our Partners

Music In Your World teaches singing and movement to children under 5 years old, along with their parents, who are enrolled in Evanston School District 65’s Head Start, Pre-K, and Early Start programs. The Evanston Symphony Orchestra is very grateful to many community partners for helping provide the funding for Music In Your World over the past 15 years. These include Byline Bank, the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, the Evanston Community Foundation, and North End Mothers Club.

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David Ellis Is a Treasure

Most of our subscribers are well acquainted with our General Manager, David Ellis. They see him handing out tickets at the Will Call desk before concerts, watch him orchestrate our Musical Insights lectures at The Merion, or speak with him to renew their subscriptions and change seat selections. But having relationships with all our subscribers is only one of many remarkable things about David. His business acumen, analytical ability, and cash flow expertise were critical to helping us successfully navigate this challenging year.

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