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Holiday Concert—December 2, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018
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 a sample of the program.

Evanston Township High School Auditorium

1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
See map.

Buy Single Tickets

Health & Safety

All people 12 and older must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and a photo ID. Children under 12 are welcome if accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Single Tickets

Advance Tickets:

Adults $25
Children under 18 years old $10

At-the-door Admission:

Adults $30
Children under 18 years old $10

Preferred Seating Area*:

Adults $50
Children under 18 years old $20

Buy Family Packages

Family Package

Advance Tickets:

Save $10
2 adults and 3 children only $70

At-the-door Admission:

Save $15
2 adults and 3 children only $75

Preferred Seating Area:*

2 adults and 3 children only $125

*Preferred seating tickets only available for advance sale

Sample 2018 Concert Program

subject to change


Lawrence Eckerling, Music Director


Julia Davids, Music Director


Gary Geiger, Artistic Director


Rev. Ken Cherry, Music Director


Béa Rashid, Founding Director
Christina Ernst, Artistic Director
Allison Kurtz Volkers, Artistic Director, ede2

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 3:00 PM 





Anderson   Sleigh Ride


Berlin/Bennett   White Christmas


Mager   Kling Glöckchen Kling

Evanston Children’s Choir


Tchaikovsky   Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker


Humperdinck   Song of the Sandman, Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime from Hansel and Gretel

Evanston Dance Ensemble


King/Eckerling   Stand By Me

Evanston Symphony Gospel Choir


Case   Rocket Sleigh


Prokofiev   Troika from Lt. Kije

Evanston Dance Ensemble ede2





Kay   Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly (A Merry Fugue)


Marks   Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Evanston Dance Ensemble


Handel   From Judas Maccabeus :

Chorus – “See The Conquering Hero”


Chorus – “Sing Unto God”

North Shore Choral Society
Evanston Childrens’ Choir


Forrest   Angels from the Realms of Glory

North Shore Choral Society


Wendel Wonderland of Snow Medley

North Shore Choral Society


Handel   “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah

North Shore Choral Society


Finnegan   Christmas Carol Sing-along

North Shore Choral Society


Hallelujah from Quincy Jones’ Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

ESO and All Choruses


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

Videos from previous years

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

Photos from previous years

By Strike2Photography: 2017 Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert
Dancers from Evanston Dance Ensemble performing in last year's concert.
(By Strike2Photography)
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By Strike2Photography: 2017 Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert
The Holiday Concert Finale featuring the ESO orchestra, North Shore Choral Society, Evanston Children's Choir, Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir and, of course, Santa!
(By Strike2Photography)