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Holiday Concert—December 4, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016
3:00 p.m.

Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert

Make sure your holiday season starts with the best holiday event in Evanston!

Don’t miss enjoying these favorite Yule festivities with your family and friends … and you can take advantage of our special rates for a package of 2 adult tickets and 3 children's tickets.

The award-winning Evanston Symphony Orchestra is joined by:

North Shore Choral Society [learn more]

Evanston Dance Ensemble [learn more]

The Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir

Evanston Children’s Choir [learn more]

ETHS A Cappella Choir

Audience Sign-a-long

And, a BIG bonus for all kids from 1 to 101 — a visit from Santa and his elves!

See below for this year’s program.

Evanston Township High School Auditorium

1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
See map.

Buy Single Tickets

Buy your tickets today.

Single Tickets

Advance Tickets:

Adults $30
Children under 18 years old $15

At-the-door Admission:

Adults $35
Children under 18 years old $20

Preferred Seating Area*:

Adults $60
Children under 18 years old $25

Buy Family Packages

Family Package

Advance Tickets:

Save $10
2 adults and 3 children only $85

At-the-door Admission:

Save $45
2 adults and 3 children only $90

Preferred Seating Area:*

2 adults and 3 children only $150

*Preferred seating tickets only available for advance sale



Lawrence Eckerling, Music Director


Julia Davids, Music Director


Gary Geiger, Artistic Director


Rev. Kenneth Cherry, Music Director


Béa Rashid, Founding Director Christina Ernst, Artistic Director

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016 3:00 PM 


Deck the Halls    Arr. Davis
Sir Christemas     Mathias
Evanston Children’s Choir

Prelude to Hansel and Gretel     Humperdinck
Jesus,What a Wonderful Child     Trad.
Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir

Introduction, March, and Shepherd’s Dance from 
Amahl and the Night Visitors     Menotti
Selections from The Nutcracker     Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Spanish Dance (Chocolate)
Chinese Dance
Russian Dance
Dance of the Reed Pipes
Waltz of the Flowers
Evanston Dance Ensemble


Sleigh Ride     Anderson

Gloria     Rutter
I. Allegro vivace
North Shore Choral Society

This is Chanukah     Wendel
North Shore Choral Society
Evanston Children’s Choir

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas from Home Alone     Williams
North Shore Choral Society
Evanston Children’s Choir

Christmas Carol Sing-a-long     Finnegan
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah     Handel
North Shore Choral Society

Hallelujah from Quincy Jones’     Handel/Warren/Jackson/Kibble/Higgens/Schiff
Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
ESO and All Choruses


Current Video

Get a glimpse of what our festive Holiday Concerts sound and look like.

Photos/Videos from previous years

Ballet dancers from the Evanston Dance Ensemble dance to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, accompanied by the ESO.

Hooves Have Twinkle Toes: Meet the Dancing Reindeer

Tap, Tap. Who’s there? Why it’s Rudolph and his tap-dancing reindeer! Karie Angell Luc is at an Evanston, IL December 3, 2013 rehearsal of “An Evanston Symphony Christmas” where Suzanne Torrey, Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association president, is proud of the December 8 holiday showcase. Be there.
Video Source: Chicago Sun-Times
James M. Stephenson III is the arranger of this version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Click to play
Chicago Sun-Times Video
on their site.

Photos from previous years

By Strike2Photography: 2011 Evanston Symphony Christmas
Evanston Symphony Holiday performers, including
dancers from Evanston Dance Ensemble, in December 2011.
(By Strike2Photography)
See more of these photos on our Facebook page

By Strike2Photography: 2011 Evanston Symphony Christmas
Santa and the Evanston Children's Choir join the 2011 ESO orchestra
(By Strike2Photography)