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ESO to open 2018-19 season Sept 15 & 16 with music by Stravinsky, Debussy, Chopin and Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto

Jul 26, 2018 11:37AM

Joshua Roman with cello by Hayley Young

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is set to open its exciting 2018-19 season with concerts September 15 & 16 featuring Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Debussy’s famous Clair de Lune, Chopin’s Grand Valse Brillante and Cello Concerto by modern composer Mason Bates, who is also a DJ, curator, and advocate for bringing new music to new spaces.  The concerto, an ESO premiere, will be performed by cellist Joshua Roman.  Bates wrote the piece specifically for the talented Mr. Roman: “The piece begins plaintively, with Josh floating over a restless orchestra, and the lyricism only expands in the central slow movement. But by the final movement the rhythmic energy wins the day, and at one point Josh even plays with a guitar pick. This is, after all, the same fellow who played arrangements of Led Zeppelin..., so I had to send him out with a bang.” For tickets, which start at just $30, call 847.888.4000 or visit ElginSymphony.Org.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has launched an online CrowdRise fundraising campaign 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 produce spectacular live musical experiences, 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 ESO 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 68-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 see ElginSymphony.Org