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Young Persons’ Concert, March 2024

Saturday March 9, 2024

Young Persons’ Concert

This one-hour concert is the ideal introductory orchestral concert for children 5–13 years, but will also be fun for parents and grandparents. The concert is designed to show the wonderful story telling nature of music.

Enjoy the ever popular The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, and also pieces like the Superman March by John William, and the delightful Mozart piece for strings only — Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will play:

Sabre Dance
Aram Khachaturian

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Paul Dukas

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mvt. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Blast Off!
Daniel Dorff
Charles Taylor,
Guest Host & Narrator

Superman March
John Williams


Highlight of the Afternoon:

Evanston District 65 orchestra students playing side-by-side with Evanston Symphony musicians.

The Wild Western Frontier
Soon Hee Newbold

Double Trouble
Lauren Bernofsky


Participating District 65 Schools and Teachers

Chute Middle School

Haven Middle School

Nichols Middle School

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School

Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School

Orchestra Teachers:

Audrey Alger
Alyson Berger
Jim Janossy
Drew Ritchie

And a welcome from Professor Jonathan Bailey Holland, Dean of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.


Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
See map.

Free parking available

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Help Evanston Symphony Orchestra support our budding musicians!

To raise money and encourage young people playing orchestral music, Evanston District 65 orchestra students will play side-by-side in a full orchestral fundraising concert with Evanston Symphony musicians on March 9, 2024 at 2:30 p.m.

Admission to the concert is free and all are welcome. Your donation helps put instruments in the hands of the students who want to play!

Your gift will go directly to a fund that ESO will administer to support District 65 scholarship instrument rental and repair:


$25 covers the cost for a student to rent a violin

$50 buys strings, rosin, case straps, and shoulder rests for 5 instruments

$100 covers the cost of a basic instrument repair

$300 sponsors a scholarship student for a year

With every gift of at least $25, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra will print your brief message in the concert program book*! Tell us why orchestra is important to you, your children, or loved ones; give a shout-out or offer words of encouragement to a player (youth or grown) in the orchestra; or give thanks and tribute to to a music teacher that has greatly influenced you. Or you can just make a donation.

Click the Donate Now button above, and be sure to include your message at the bottom of the form. Thank you for helping us give all young persons a chance to play!

*Messages must be received by Monday, February 26 for inclusion in the program book

Businesses can also support
this concert’s mission

Sponsorships are available.
Review the contract or call 847-864-8804 for more information.




Alexis and Craig Eyler

Matthew Perutz

Seman Violins

Todd Wiener and
Paula Jacobi


Evanston Arts Council Cultural Fund

Penelope and Toby Sachs



Hagerty Consulting

Ingrid and William Stafford


Chute Middle School PTA

Karen and Jay Goodgold

Cheryl Haack

Rose Johnson

Law Office of Edward Scharfenberg, LLC

Nature's Perspective

Ralph Segall

The Musical Offering


Proceeds from the Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert Raffle also support this event.

Special Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

March 6, Wednesday, at 1:30 pm
Note special day

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.

We’ll be holding a special Musical Insights event on Wed., March 6th at 1:30 at The Merion. Note this is not our normal day of Friday.

We’ll be showing the documentary The Last Repair Shop, which has already won many awards for best short documentary and is nominated for an academy award. It’s about a service in LA where students are given instruments and they are repaired for free. It really shows the power of music and learning an instrument… to heal, to help people grow, to connect to one another. It relates to our Young Persons’ Concert and Music in Your World Programs. Maestro Lawrence Eckerling will introduce the program, and Alyson Berger from School District 65 will speak about the value of the Young Persons’ Concert. We expect a brief performance from students in D65 or D202 who have participated in the Young Persons’ Concert. As always, the program will last an hour and be free and open to the public.

Link to the film: The Last Repair Shop | L.A. Times hort Docs & Searchlight Pictures


The Merion
Wednesday, March 6 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.