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Holiday Concert—December 10, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017
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 Advanced Vocal Ensemble

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.

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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

2017 Concert Program

subject to change


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 10, 2017 3:00 PM 





Stephenson   Holiday Overture

Major            Ding Dong Merrily

Evanston Children’s Choir


Mozart Sleigh Ride (German Dance No 3, K 605)

Evanston Dance Ensemble


Gruber/Temptations/Eckerling     Silent Night

Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir


Wendel     We Three Kings

Wendel     Little Bolero Boy


Tchaikovsky Two Scenes from The Nutcracker:

  • Snow pas de deux
  • Waltz of the Snowflakes

Evanston Dance Ensemble
Evanston Children’s Choir





Anderson     Sleigh Ride

Marks/Stephenson     Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Evanston Dance Ensemble



Rutter     What Sweeter Music

North Shore Choral Society



Wilberg     Carol to the King

North Shore Choral Society

Evanston Children’s Choir


 Handel       From Messiah:

 Pastoral Symphony

Recitative— There were shepherds abiding in the field…
Julia Davids, Soprano

Glory to God

Hallelujah Chorus

North Shore Choral Society


Finnegan      Christmas Carol Sing-a-long

North Shore Choral Society
Evanston Children’s Choir


 Handel/Warren/Jackson/Kibble/Higgens/Schiff    Hallelujah from Quincy Jones’

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)