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ESO Season Finale Concerts May 6 & 7 feature Mussorgsky’s majestic Pictures at an Exhibition

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) closes its season May 6 & 7 with concerts conducted by Music Director Andrew Grams that highlight Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s towering Pictures at an Exhibition. Based on drawings and watercolors by Viktor Hartmann, the suite has inspired interpretations from such diverse performers as Emerson Lake & Palmer, metal bands Mekong Delta and Armored Saint, electronic musician Amon Tobin, and guitarist Trevor Rabin. Even Michael Jackson sampled a short section on his song HIStory. And as part of the ESO’s ongoing exploration of Mahler, the program also holds his Songs of a Wayfarer with baritone Takaoki Onishi, a 2016-17 ensemble member of the Lyric Ryan Opera Center. The piece is a song cycle with lyrics written by Mahler himself and based on one of his favorite collections of German folk poetry. Also featured is Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, with text adapted from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, performed with the magnificent Elgin Master Chorale. “Rachmaninoff himself stated after attending the premiere of Serenade to Music that it was the most beautiful piece of music he’d ever heard,” notes ESO Music Director Andrew Grams. “And like Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, which opened our season, Pictures at an Exhibition has a wonderful melody for the saxophone that captures the painting by Hartmann of a troubadour singing a song before an old castle. The grandeur of The Great Gate of Kiev caps off another great season of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra!” Tickets start at only $30. Student tickets $12. For concert tickets, call 847-888-4000 or visit Elgin Symphony.Org. There is convenient free parking or valet service. Music Director Andrew Grams will give a pre-concert chat one hour before the concert and Saturday concertgoers are invited after the performance to Mingle with the Musicians at the Elgin Public House. Music Historian Jim Kendros will give free Listeners Club lectures about the upcoming concerts on Wednesday, May 3 at Greenfields of Geneva and the Gail Borden Public Library.
Date & Time
  • May 7, 2017
  • 2:30PM - 4:30PM
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