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Evanston Symphony Orchestra Schedules Pops Concert At Wilmette’s Gillson Park At 6 P.M. Sunday, Aug. 29

Evanston Symphony Orchestra Schedules Pops Concert At Wilmette’s Gillson Park At 6 P.M. Sunday, Aug. 29

Evanston, IL — The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will resume live performance with a special Pops Concert at Gillson Park’s Wallace Bowl in Wilmette, Ill., Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and run for an hour. (Rain date for the event is Aug. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m.). The program is free to the general public. It is sponsored by Byline Bank. This project is partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a city agency supported by the City of Evanston, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Join the Evanston Symphony Orchestra for an hour of outdoor Summer Pops music of light classics, highlighted by the beloved theme from Schindler’s List performed by ESO Concertmaster Julie Fischer, the ever-popular 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky and concluding with John Phillip Sousa”s Stars and Stripes Forever.

Here is the complete program:

Gioachino Rossini
La Gazza Ladra Overture

Richard Hayman
Pops Hoedown

Richard Rodgers
Carousel Waltz

John Williams
Schindler’s List theme
Julie Fischer, Violin

John Williams
Superman March

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture

John Philip Sousa
Stars and Stripes Forever

“A summer concert is a perfect vehicle for us to ‘be back’,…” says ESO Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, “particularly, a free concert for the whole community. That’s a great thing. I actually like doing pops concerts, especially ones that contain music by John Williams, and I NEVER get tired of the 1812 Overture.

“This summer concert is a great way to celebrate the return of the the ESO”, says ESO board president and orchestra member Cheryl Haack. “Orchestra members are eager to start rehearsing, and we all are looking forward to sharing our music with a live audience!”

Our delayed 75th Anniversary season will be announced when contractual details are confirmed. ESO General Manager David Ellis wants all subscribers to know that “Everyone who has purchased a subscription that was cancelled will automatically have it transferred to this season and their seat renewals/requests will also carry over. There will be no changes in ticket prices. All original order forms have been preserved.” He added that “Anyone who cannot attend the next season may either donate the value of their tickets to the ESO, or receive a cash refund.”

The ESO Board of Directors and Maestro Eckerling want to the thank the entire community, and especially our orchestra members, donors and subscribers, for their faithful ongoing support during this crisis. Your patience and gracious financial support during the pandemic have allowed the ESO to remain financially strong and ready to once again provide the community with the joy of orchestral music as soon as it is possible to do so.

Donations to the ESO can be made at the website or by phone.