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Dance into the Holiday Season

Dance into the Holiday Season

The tap-dancing reindeer from the Evanston Dance Ensemble return to join the Evanston Symphony Orchestra performing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, but that’s not all! Watch the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel and the story of Lieutenant Kijé come to life with ballet. Lieutenant Kijé tells the story of a fictional army officer that was made into a movie in 1934, and Sergei Prokofiev composed the music for the film, the Lieutenant Kijé Suite. The Evanston Dance Ensemble will dance to the Troika (a “troika” is a traditional Russian three-horse sled) movement from the suite, in addition to the Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime from the Hansel and Gretel opera with music composed by Engelbert Humperdinck.

Other pieces on the program include Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker, and many more holiday favorites. The Evanston Symphony Orchestra and Evanston Dance Ensemble will once again be joined by the Evanston Children’s Choir, North Shore Choral Society, and the Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir.

Evanston Dance Ensemble

Evanston Dance Ensemble

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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 concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, 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.