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May 2023 Concert

2:30 pm
Sunday, May 14, 2023


One of the fastest rising stars in the violin world, Indian-American Maya Anjali Buchanan, makes her belated ESO debut in the dazzling and difficult concerto by Tchaikovsky. The concert opens with a rousing French showpiece, Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture, and concludes with Mussorgsky’s monumental Pictures at an Exhibition in its resplendent orchestration by the Frenchman Maurice Ravel. The last of Mussorgsky’s pictures provides one of the ultimate climaxes in music—the “Great Gate of Kiev.”


Musical Insights Free Pre-Concert Preview the Friday before this concert.
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  • Berlioz
  • Roman Carnival Overture
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Violin Concerto in D Major

    Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin

  • Mussorgsky
    (Orch. Ravel)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition

ESO musicians are playing four violins, a viola, and a cello from Violins of Hope. We are honored to be partnering with this organization that you can learn more about in the lobby at this performance.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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All tickets are assigned seating.

At this time, masks, vaccinations and testing are no longer required to attend ESO concerts or events. As always, we ask that if you are sick, please stay home to prevent the spread of illness. (read more detail).

Advance Sales

$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.
Please call 847.864.8804 or email for all orders with children’s tickets.


Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin

Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin

Recognized for her enchanting performances and exceptional bel canto-like lyricism, Indian-American violinist, Maya Anjali Buchanan, is gaining wide appeal as a dynamic young artist with extraordinary musicality. Named Yamaha’s 2020 Young Performing Artist for Classical Music/Violin she has performed on three continents garnering enthusiastic reviews.

Maya has performed in recital and as the featured soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States, in China and Europe. She appeared as a guest artist at the Peninsula Music Festival, Harpa International Academy Festival, Brevard Music Festival and made her Aspen Music Festival debut as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Award performing the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. Describing her Aspen performance, Alan Fletcher, President of Aspen Festival writes, “an immensely appealing artist...with a deep musical understanding, … her [Glazunov Concerto] had great beauty of tone” and The Daily Gazette writes “...she played this very romantic work with a deep rich tone, facile technique and a sweetly romantic lyricism” following her 2022 Albany Symphony debut. Highlights of forthcoming engagements include performances with the Evanston, Grand Rapids and Galveston Symphony Orchestras and the Symphony Orchestra of India in Mumbai.

At sixteen, Maya captured First Prize in the 2017 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is a top medalist of the 2018 Washington International Competition, 2018 Stulberg International String Competition, 2016 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and 2015 Johansen International Competition. Maya is an alumnus of both the 2020 Menuhin International Violin Competition and the 2022 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

In an effort to broaden Western classical music traditions, Maya unveils the music of her heritage by presenting pieces unique to her Indian ancestry, bridging her Eastern roots with her Western classical training. She enjoys showcasing works of Indian influence that reflect the form and improvisational quality of Eastern music, blending techniques of both cultures. An alumna of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, she studied with Almita Vamos. She currently attends the famed Curtis Institute of Music in the studio of pedagogue Ida Kavafian. Maya performs with a c. 1730 Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.


Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

May 31, 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, Steven Banks, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling will explore the concert program in depth.


The Merion
Friday, May 31 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.