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98.7 WFMT will broadcast performances from ESO concerts at noon, Friday, Jan. 13 and Jan. 20

Jan 11, 2017 11:53AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

98.7 WFMT will broadcast Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) performances from their November 2016 concerts in January.  Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite will air during the noon hour Friday, January 13 and his Swan Lake Suite will air January 20 on Middays with Lisa Flynn, which broadcasts weekdays from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras an unprecedented four times - including in 2016.  To learn more about the ESO, visit ElginSymphony.Org.

Swan Lake is the first of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. It was not well received when it premiered in 1877 but with its colorful orchestration and unforgettable melodies, it has since earned a permanent place as one of the most treasured ballets of all time. Sleeping Beauty, on the other hand, was an immediate success when it premiered in 1890. Based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale of a sleeping princess awakened by her dashing prince, it was a favorite of Tchaikovsky. He remarked “I think, dear friend, it is one of my best works. The subject is so poetical.”

Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases on Sunday mornings and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Flynn hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Flynn presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida.

WFMT is a premier public media organization committed to creating and presenting unique radio and digital media content. WFMT is dedicated to bringing Chicago and the world together and invites the audience to explore classical and fine arts music. The radio station celebrate innovation, community engagement, and life-long learning. WFMT embrace’s the power of public service to make lives richer and our region stronger.

Andrew Grams became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in June 2013 after an international search. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, he holds degrees in violin performance and conducting and has already appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world.  Grams was a protégé of Franz Welser-Möst and served as assistant conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra for three years. Named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, his charismatic conducting and easy accessibility have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences.  He recently extended his contract through the 2020-21 ESO season.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 66th season, offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. Known for their high-quality performances, ESO musicians represent some of the most talented musical artists in the region. In addition to magnificent music, patrons can also enjoy a drink, spend time with friends and even shop at the League Boutique in the lobby of the Hemmens Cultural Center. From start to finish, the ESO brings world class, big city entertainment without the hassles of the big city. For more information, visit ElginSymphony.Org.