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October 2016 Concert

2:30 pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016

from Vienna

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.


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  • Beethoven
  • Coriolan Overture
  • Mozart
  • Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, “Turkish”

    Alexandra Switala, violin

  • Schubert
  • Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great”

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.


Alexandra Switala, Violin

Alexandra Switala

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.


Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

October 20, 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.

Maestro Lawrence Eckerling will explore the concert program in depth.


The Merion
Friday, October 20 at 1:30 pm,
Merion's Crystal Ballroom 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.


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.

Coriolan Overture

Conducted by Leonard Bernstein.