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Fox Valley Orchestra Summer Pops Concert Saturday June 16

The Fox Valley Orchestra’s Summer Pops Concert will take place Saturday, June 16, 7pm at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The special guests of the Fox Valley Orchestra, The Illinois Brass Band, will lead off the evening with selections from stage and screen.  The band will be conducted by Stephen Squires who is also principal guest conductor for the Fox Valley Orchestra.

The second half of the program will be the Fox Valley Orchestra conducted by Brian Groner.  “We always love to play the magnificent and historic Paramount Theatre.  It is a delightful setting that pleases the eyes as well as the ears.”    

Johann Straus’s Overture to Die Fledermaus.  Even if the title is not familiar to you the music will be. Being swept into its waltz themes will be like a trip back to old Vienna.

Aaron Copelands Four Dance Episodes from the Rodeo Ballet.  This distinctly and unabashedly American composition by Aaron Copland is a favorite of audiences. 

The Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky created the music for an opera based on the plot of Pushkin's novel Eugene Onegin. You will hear elements of Russian opera and ballet.

American Salute by Morton Gould was written in 1942 during the early days of WWII in a single 8-hour writing session.  This patriotic score is based on the Civil War tune When Johnny Comes Marching Home.

The ever popular and stirring medley of John Williams composition for Star Wars. The score to Star Wars heralded in the revival of grand symphonic scores which opened in theatres in 1977.  The soundtrack is a perfect example of music that creates the mood of the movie.  One cannot conjure an image of Darth Vader without his dark and ominous theme playing in your mind.  Nor can you picture Luke, Leia or Han without their hero themes.

Concert tickets purchased online at www.foxvalleyorchestra.org/order.php $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $9 for kids 8 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are slightly higher if available.  For more information call: 630-891-2526 or email: tickets@foxvalleyorchestra.org.