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Elgin Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor Stephen Squires to Discuss Upcoming Holiday Concerts on WRMN Radio

Nov 28, 2018 12:26PM ● By Hannah Ott

Elgin, IL Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Resident Conductor, Stephen Squires, will appear on One on One with Leah on WRMN-AM 1410 radio, December 7 at 10am. Squires will discuss upcoming holiday shows with host, Leah Unser, and he will give a preview of ESO Sounds of the Season.

ESO Sounds of the Season will be on Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 & 7:30pm and Sunday, December 9 at 2:30pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The show will feature Columbian-born soprano, Catalina Cuervo, The Elgin Master Chorale and the Midwest Dance Collective. The program also includes a sing-along and a visit from Santa. 

Tickets are $35-$55 at ElginSymphony.Org or by phone 847-888-4000. There is convenient free parking. $10 valet service is available. The concerts are sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, W.R. Meadows and Welmed. Season sponsors are Otto Engineering and John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. 

Resident Conductor Stephen Squires: Squires is a musician with a career that blends his passions for conducting, teaching and performing. He received his musical training at the Preparatory School of the Eastman School of Music and the Crane School of Music, in his home state of New York. Mr. Squires earned his Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting/Trumpet Performance at California State University, Northridge. Further conducting studies were with Helmuth Rilling, Maurice Abravanel, Daniel Lewis, Tsung Yeh and at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Squires is Professor of Conducting in the Music Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. His current professional appointments include Resident Conductor of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra in Rockford, Music Director of Millar Brass in Evanston and Music Director of the Illinois Brass Band in Arlington Heights. In addition, he is an accomplished recital accompanist, freelance trumpeter and frequent guest conductor at educational festivals throughout the country.

Soprano Catalina Cuervo: Cuervo holds the distinction of having performed the most productions of Piazzolla's "Maria de Buenos Aires” in the world in the history of the opera. The Columbian-born soprano has performed the role of “Maria” for numerous prestigious companies including Florida Grand Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Syracuse Opera to name a few of about fifteen productions. Ms. Cuervo did her debut in Detroit with much success as Frida Kahlo in the revival of the opera "Frida" with Michigan Opera Theater in 2015 and then with Cincinnati Opera for their 2017 season. The opera gave her a huge following in the state of Michigan and Cincinnati and both ended with all sold out shows and triumphant reviews in both cities, one even calling "Frida" best opera of the 2015 season. “Frida” will be presented next in Miami with Florida Grand Ópera, March 2019. As a consequence, Catalina was named one of the 5 most successful Colombian Sopranos in the Opera World by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. For more information, visit

Elgin Master Chorale: In-residence at Elgin Community College, Elgin Master Chorale presents several concerts per year at the renowned Blizzard Theatre at the college, as well as the Hemmens Cultural Arts Center and other locations in the Chicago area. Under the direction of Maestro Andrew Lewis, Elgin Master Chorale is comprised of approximately 100 adult volunteer singers from across the Fox Valley communities.  Proud of their rich history, dedicated singers and drive to excel; Elgin Master Chorale has certainly grown from their valued roots as a 'union' of church choirs, and they are dedicated to their mission of being the premiere vocal ensemble in the Fox Valley. Learn more at

Midwest Dance Collective: Ellen Werksman, dancer, teacher and choreographer, is the founder of the Midwest Dance Collective (MDC), an audition-based youth ensemble that connects young dancers to the professional world of dance. Ms. Werksman started MDC to give the young dancers at her Dancewerks studio performance opportunities. Ms. Werksman’s students often give their time by donating performances for local charitable organizations in Barrington and Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. The foundation of Dancewerks is built on limited class size in all classes and Werkshops, hands-on correction / personal classroom attention, instructors with professional, real life dance experience and technique-based classes. Ms. Werksman has been a source of inspiration for the thousands of dancers she has taught over the last 25 years.  Her message of passion, commitment and integrity, along with her realistic sense of the dance business, are shared in every aspect of MDC and Dancewerks. Visit to learn more.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is in its 68th season, still offering programs unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. For more information about the orchestra, upcoming events, Mingle with the Musicians or to purchase tickets, visit ElginSymphony.Org


Source: Diane Handler 847-888-0404 ext. 234