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The ESO to perform Tchaikovsky’s brilliant & very personal Fourth Symphony March 3-5

Feb 28, 2017 09:06AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

On March 3-5, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO), led by Resident Conductor Stephen Squires, will perform Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Symphony No. 4, an emotional work that reflected the turbulent and life-changing events occurring in the composer’s life at that time.  Tchaikovsky shared the process of composing this symphony with his benefactor Nadezhda von Meck in letters written while he recovered from a disastrous short-term marriage, a nervous collapse and suicide attempt. Tchaikovsky noted that the main idea in the opening and throughout the symphony is fate, “the fatal power which hinders one in the pursuit of happiness.”  For the remainder of the piece, Tchaikovsky explores different responses to fate: one can escape through daydreaming, reminiscing about the past and finally, in the last movement with its fleeting burst of joy, there is solace to be found among the people. “Rejoice in others’ rejoicing,” he says. “To live is still possible!” The ESO concerts also feature beloved American composer Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite and his Clarinet Concerto, composed for Benny Goodman and performed by Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein. For tickets, which start at only $30, see ElginSymphony.Org or call 847-888-4000. Student tickets $12 with an ID.