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Lynn Harrell Plays Tchaikovsky

October 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
October 4, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Lynn Harrell, cello

Ives Variations on America
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile
Brahms Symphony No. 1

Celebrate opening weekend with one of America’s most celebrated soloists alongside Music Director Andrew Grams!

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Out of this World: Sci-fi Movie Classics

October 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

October 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
October 18, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Matthew Kraemer, conductor

If you like movies, you’ll LOVE the music! Come hear themes from your favorite sci-fi classics…

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Musical Chills & Thrills

October 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
November 1, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Damon Gupton, narrator

Arnold Tam O’Shanter Overture
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain  
Saint-Saens Danse Macabre
Gounod Funeral March of a Marionette
Stookey Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead

Hair-raising stories and soul haunting sounds abound at this frighteningly funny concert.

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French Connection with Isabella Lippi

November 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
November 22, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Isabella Lippi, violin

Adams Tromba Lontana
Chausson Poème
Berlioz Rêverie et Caprice
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Dark and velvety sounds will set your imagination wild as ESO favorite Isabella Lippi takes the stage!

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The Magical Music of Disney

November 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Stephen Squires, conductor

Your favorite Disney films and music come alive onstage.

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Magical Holiday Concerts

December 12, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
December 13, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Stephen Squires, conductor
Elgin Master Chorale & Elgin Children’s Chorus
Midwest Dance Collective
Marisa Bucheit, soprano (Miss Illinois 2014)

Enjoy musical holiday favorites at this magical concert - perfect for the whole family!

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Andrew Grams Plays Violin

January 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

January 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
January 10, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor & violin
Isabella Lippi, violin
Matthew Agnew, cello

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Corelli Concerto Grosso, op. 6
Theofanidis Muse
Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183

As virtuosic a violinist as he is a conductor, don’t miss Andrew Grams’ violin debut with ESO!

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Copland & Shostakovich

January 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
January 31, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor

Copland Appalachian Spring
Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905)

This concert embodies the hopeful dreams of a young America and the stark realities of the Russian Revolution.

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A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration

February 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

February 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
February 14, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Stephen Squires, conductor
Jenn Gambatese, vocalist
Sean McLaughlin, vocalist
Oscar Andy Hammerstein III, host

Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Experience the great Rodgers and Hammerstein classics with Lyric Opera star Jenn Gambatese.

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Brahms & Ives: No Limits

March 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
March 13, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Alexander Schimpf, piano

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major
Ives Symphony No. 2

After Alexander Schimpf’s limitless piano skills astound you, prepare yourself for Ives’ specialty: musical surprises!

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Rachel Barton Pine Plays Dvořák

April 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

April 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
April 3, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

David Danzmayr, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Dvořák Carnival Overture
Dvořák Violin Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From the New World"

The most romantic of programs played by one of the most talented and well-loved Chicago violinists, Rachel Barton Pine.

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Season Finale: Bernstein & Mahler

April 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
May 1, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Laura Wilde, soprano

Bernstein Symphony No. 1 "Jeremiah"
Mahler Symphony No. 4

The ESO closes its 15-16 season with Andrew Grams conducting two titans of the symphonic repertoire!

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