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Linda Loiben-Kaplan

Linda Loiben-Kaplan

Orchestra Member

Year Joined
Most memorable performance with the ESO

There were many, but the one that stands out is the one we did with Larry Eckerling at the piano, playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue while conducting the orchestra. He was amazing and the orchestra followed along beautifully.

Favorite ESO soloist

There were so many outstanding soloists, I had a difficult time narrowing it down to just one. My favorites are Larry Eckerling, Bella Hristova and Mark O’Connor.

Why I like playing with the ESO

I have always had a passion for music; it is an integral part of my life. I therefore wanted to be part of an orchestra, playing with others that share this love of music. I found it in the Evanston Symphony. The ESO is the finest community orchestra around. People are there for the love of music and to work together as one; the orchestra is comprised of very fine non-professional and professional musicians who come together to take on the challenges of the old “warhorses” as well as the more modern composers.

Favorite composer or piece

Pines of Rome by Respighi

When I’m not playing with the ESO, I’m…

I have worked at the law firm of Levin & Rosen for 22 years. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jerry Kaplan, who played English Horn with the ESO for over 35 years, before leaving in 1996. Also enjoy being with our children and grandchildren, all of whom (fortunately for us) live in the Chicago area.

Something most people don’t know about me

Love shopping for antiques and art (usually with a musical theme), and going to art fairs throughout the Chicago area.

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