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ESO launches online CrowdRise campaign to kick-off 2018-19 season fundraising

Jun 26, 2018 09:55AM

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has launched an online CrowdRise fundraising campaign, Say Yes to the ESO, at to raise money for the 2018-19 season. Donations can also be made by texting “ESO18” to 41411. To keep the music accessible to all, ESO ticket prices cover only 35% of costs. The rest comes from the generous support of donors. Donations help the ESO advance spectacular live orchestra concerts and promote music education and outreach. The award-winning ESO & acclaimed music director Andrew Grams provide electrifying live concerts to thousands each season featuring the region’s best musicians. The nationally-renowned Orchestra enhances the reputation of the area as an entertainment destination and great place to live and work.  The ESO impacts the northwest suburbs in many ways through life-long learning, outreach and by partnering with schools, hospitals, business and service organizations. A 67-year-old cultural gem of the Fox Valley, the ESO also offers free programs, including open rehearsals, masterclasses, pop-up concerts, orchestra clinics and more. To learn more about donation options, including a monthly automatic debit program, call 847.888.4000 or visit ElginSymphony.Org

Andrew Grams, who just finished his 5th ESO season, became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra after an international search. His powerful conducting and easy accessibility have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences.  His contract with the ESO runs through 2021. In addition to leading major orchestras throughout the United States, the critically-acclaimed conductor has also worked extensively with orchestras abroad, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. To learn more, visit and @andrewhgrams on Instagram and Twitter.

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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year a record-setting four times - in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016. The ESO strives to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. Before concerts, area musicians often perform in the lobby, and patrons can buy drinks at the bar and purchase gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Pre-concert chats are given by Music Director Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before most performances, and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at area restaurants.  The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. Get to Know YOUR ESO!