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Musical Insights

Musical Insights

Enhance your concert experience with music education like you’ve never experienced before. Friday afternoon before each concert, generally at 1:30 pm, ESO General Manager David Ellis and Maestro Lawrence Eckerling present an exciting concert preview. Frequently the guest soloist for Sunday’s concert also participates. They provide a wealth of information about the composers and their works. You might learn about the trials and tribulations that challenged a composer, and what inspired his musical genius. You may learn about the structure of a symphony or concerto, outline its musical themes and motifs, and relate the work and its composer to works that precede and follow it. Maestro Eckerling adds a very personal commentary, perhaps explaining how he is interpreting a work at Sunday’s concert, or the relationship among the different pieces in the program.

A patron attending Musical Insights likened them to a well-balanced team of sports announcers, with Maestro Eckerling as the color commentator. She commented, “What a delightful Friday afternoon! I learned so much about the music, and I enjoyed Sunday’s concert so much more because I heard so much more when listening with an educated ear.”

Enjoy Musical Insights and complimentary refreshments at The Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave., Evanston.

Previews are on the Friday afternoon preceding each concert. Dates for the 2019-20 season are November 8, January 31, March 13, and May 1. Musical Insights is free to everyone.