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Nationally-Renowned Elgin Symphony Orchestra Highlighted in Season Finale Concerts May 4 & 5

Apr 26, 2019 12:36PM ● By Hannah Ott

Elgin - The acclaimed Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO), led by Music Director Andrew Grams, present their 2018-19 Season Finale Concerts for the Common Man on Saturday, May 4, 7:30pm; and Sunday, May 5, 2:30pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center

Two composers: Gustav Mahler and Aaron Copland; Two final symphonies: one heartbreaking, one hopeful. Mahler wrote his Concerts for the Common Man on Adagio from Symphony No. 10 when he was terminally ill and dealing with his wife's infidelity. Copland's last symphony, No. 3, has been called by critics "an American monument" and "the greatest American Symphony ever written." Symphony No. 3 embodies Copland's quintessential American sound, expressing the spirit of hope and promise for the future. A perfect match for the ineffable "esprit" of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the charismatic Andrew Hilary Grams

Pre-concert chats will be presented by Andrew Grams one hour before the performances. In addition, free Listeners Club discussions by music historian Jim Kendros are offered at GreenFields of Geneva at 11:00am and the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin at 1:00pm on Wednesday, May 1. 

After the Saturday performance, concertgoers are invited to Mingle with the Musicians at Bennigan's Elgin. Free snacks and cash bar. Concert sponsors are Jeanne Sigman, Ram & Nancy Ramanandan, Holiday Inn Elgin, Amita Health and Carnow Conibear. Season sponsors are John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. and Otto Engineering, Inc. 

Tickets start at just $30. Youth/Students $11. Valet service or free parking. Visit ElginSymphony.Org or call 847-888-4000. 


About The ESO: The Elgin Symphony Orchestra offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year a record-breaking four times – in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016. The ESO works 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. Area student musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts where patrons can enjoy a drink 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. In addition, free Listeners Club lecture/discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered before ESO Classics Series concert weekends on Wednesdays at Greenfields of Geneva and the Gail Borden Public Library. Flex passes are available for purchase so that you can choose your concerts at a later date based on your own schedule. And if a patron can’t make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a fee. The ESO is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. For more information, see ElginSymphony.Org.


Source: Diane Handler