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Elgin Symphony Orchestra to Continue Free Ticket Offer for Government Employees on Furlough

Jan 21, 2019 01:33PM ● By Hannah Ott
Elgin - The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) will expand free ticket offers to government employees affected by the shutdown this weekend.

Federal government workers on furlough were offered free tickets to Hayden’s Surprise Symphony on January 12 and 13. Now, the offer will extend for the A Night in Old Vienna concerts on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27.

“We hope this program of lively and exuberant music, performed by the world-class ESO, will transport concertgoers beyond every day worries to a place of calm and relaxation. Music is a powerful healer,” notes Diane Hander, Director of Marketing.

The program features 11 compositions by Johann Strauss II such as On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Voices of Spring and Thunder and Lightning Polka. The orchestra will also play Lehar’s Gold and Silver Waltz and Nicolai’s Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor, compositions which gained popularity in mid to late 19th century Vienna. 

While supplies last, tickets will be offered to walk-up patrons starting at 6:30pm for the Saturday, Jan. 26 concert and 1:30pm for the Sunday, Jan. 27 concert. Patrons must bring a valid government ID to the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

Conducted by Andrew Grams, an enthusiastic conductor with experience from around the world, the night is sure to transport all concertgoers to ‘Old Vienna.’ The program starts at 7:30pm on Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday. Visit ElginSymphony.Org.

Source: Diane Handler,