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March 2018 Concert

2:30 pm
Sunday March 18, 2018


The final 12 symphonies of Franz Joseph Haydn are collectively known as his “London symphonies” and the final one of the 12, to some the greatest of all, is titled the “London” Symphony. William Walton’s Crown Imperial has been wittily referred to as the “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6” as a worthy successor to Elgar’s five Pomp and Circumstance marches. Britten’s orchestral showpiece can also be titled “Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Henry Purcell,” and will be narrated by Henry Fogel, Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University.


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  • Haydn
  • Symphony No. 104 in D Major “London”
  • Vaughan Williams
  • English Folk Song Suite
  • Grainger
  • Shepherd’s Hey
  • Walton
  • Crown Imperial ­(Coronation March)
  • Purcell
  • Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite
  • Britten
  • The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

    Henry Fogel, narrator

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
See map.


Buy Tickets

All tickets are assigned seating.

Advance Sales

$30 Adult, $25 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

At the Door Sales

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

Children Free

Children 12 and younger are admitted absolutely FREE, but must have an assigned seat.
Please call 847.864.8804 or email for all orders with children’s tickets.


Henry Fogel, narrator

Henry Fogel

Henry Fogel was appointed Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University beginning in July, 2009, a school at which he has taught a course in orchestral studies since 2002. From 2003–2008 he was President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, an organization that serves almost 1,000 symphony orchestras, and from 1985–2003, Mr. Fogel was President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, leading the organization through a period of enormous change. In addition to maintaining its artistic supremacy, the Chicago Symphony during Mr. Fogel’s term dramatically strengthened its community engagement and educational programs. From 1981–1985, Mr. Fogel was Executive Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and from 1978–1981 he was Orchestra Manager of the New York Philharmonic. From 1963–1978, he was Program Director and Vice-President of WONO, a full-time classical music commercial radio station in Syracuse, New York.

He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, the Curtis Institute, and Columbia College in Chicago. In June, 2009, he received the highest honor in the symphony orchestra field, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award. Mr. Fogel has also produced a number of internationally syndicated radio programs for Chicago’s Fine Arts Station WFMT, including currently Collectors’ Corner, which is derived from his extensive personal collection of over 25,000 classical recordings. Mr. Fogel lives in River Forest, Illinois with his wife Frances. They have two children, Karl and Holly, and five grandchildren. In addition to music, he also has a passion for cooking Chinese food, and he studied over three years with Virginia Lee, who wrote the New York Times Chinese Cookbook.



Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

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 March concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, March 16 at 1:30 pm,
The Merion Crystal Ballroom at
1611 Chicago Avenue at Davis Street, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.

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


The Evanston Symphony Orchestra is proud to provide videos to educate you about the pieces we perform and, at times, the soloists who will be performing. The video(s) below are examples only and do not represent performances by the Evanston Symphony Orchestra unless noted.

Crown Imperial March

with the Auckland Symphony under Peter Thomas.


The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten with Jukka Pekka Sarastre and the WDR Symphony of Cologne.

Shepherd’s Hey

Percy Grainger's Shepherd's Hey with the Heidelberg Symphony.