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February 2021 Concert



Music by American and French composers comprise a program highlighting the virtuosity of Sophie Webber, formerly of the Music Institute of Chicago. She will perform both a pillar of the cello repertory by Saint-Saéns and a recent work evoking the river which flows through Cambridge, England by the popular American composer and conductor Eric Whitacre. The program opens with a 1955 overture by Illinois-born Ron Nelson and closes with the ballet created in 1938 using the best tunes of Jacques Offenbach, including the “Can-Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld and the “Barcarolle” from The Tales of Hoffman.


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  • Nelson
  • Savannah River Holiday
  • Whitacre
  • The River Cam

    Sophie Webber, cello

  • Saint-Saëns
  • Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor

    Sophie Webber, cello

  • Offenbach
  • Gaîté Parisienne

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
See map.


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All tickets are assigned seating.

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$35 Adult, $30 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

At the Door Sales

$39 Adult, $35 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

Children Free

Children 12 and younger are admitted absolutely FREE, but must have an assigned seat.
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Sophie Webber, cello

Sophie Webber, cello




Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

February 9th, Friday, at 1:30 pm

Enhance your concert experience with a sneak preview — Composers come alive and their passions take center stage when ESO Maestro Lawrence Eckerling takes you on an insider’s tour of the history and highlights behind the music.

Meet our soloist, Rick Ferguson, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling will explore the concert program in depth.


The Merion
Friday, February 9th at 1:30 pm,
Merion's Emerald Lounge at
529 Davis St, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to 847-570-7815.

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