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October 2016 Concert
Our blockbuster 71st season opens with three favorite Viennese composers, and with the Evanston Symphony debut of fast-rising star Alexandra Switala in Mozart’s final violin concerto. Schubert began his final symphony a year after attending the premiere of Beethoven’s 9th, and this “Great” C Major symphony lives up to its Beethovenian inspiration, although without using a chorus and vocal soloists.
- Coriolan Overture
- Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, “Turkish”
Alexandra Switala, violin
- Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great”
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
All tickets are assigned seating.
$30 Adult, $25 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student
At the Door Sales
$35 Adult, $30 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student
Children 12 and younger are admitted absolutely FREE, but must have an assigned seat.
Please call 847.864.8804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for all orders with children’s tickets.
Alexandra Switala, Violin
Violinist Alexandra Alvarado Switala began her musical studies in Texas, where she studied with Jan Mark Sloman. She formerly studied with Roland and Almita Vamos in Chicago and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In the past, Ms. Switala has received the tutelage of renowned performers and legendary teachers such as Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Masao Kawasaki, and David Cerone. Ms. Switala is also an avid chamber musician, having studied with members of the Cavani, Orion, Mendelssohn, and Guarneri string quartets.
Ms. Switala made her professional debut with the Fort Worth Symphony at age 13, and has since performed with orchestras such as the New World Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Other engagements have included orchestras in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the greater Chicago area. She has been a featured artist on the nationally syndicated media such as the PBS television show From the Top at Carnegie Hall, the NPR radio show Performance Today, and on Chicago WFMT’s Introductions.
Her success at competitions includes top prizes at the Cooper International, Sphinx, and Klein International competitions. At the Klein she received special prizes for her performance of both Bach and a commissioned work by Richard Festinger. She is a recipient of the Bayard H. Friedman award for Outstanding Student in the Performing Arts in Fort Worth and the Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master Award. A born-and-raised Texan, she has recently moved to the Chicago area.
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.
Meet our soloist, Alexandra Switala, at Musical Insights. She and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the October concert program in depth.
Friday, October 28 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.
Symphony No. 9
Symphony No 9 "The Great" with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Violin Concerto No. 5
Nicolaj Znaider plays and conducts Mozart's Violin Concerto No 5.
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein.