The Lake Forest-based North Suburban Symphony, in association with the Lake Bluff Park District, will present the first concert of its 24th concert season Sunday, Oct. 7.
It begins at 4 p.m. at the Gorton Community Center Auditorium, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest.
Ron Arden, music director and conductor, is beginning his sixth season with the NSS.
The program will feature selections by musical greats George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson and Morton Gould in a celebration of jazz and symphonic pops. The NSS orchestra will swing it with its "Salute to Big Bands."
Internationally acclaimed pianist Susan Merdinger of Highland Park will perform Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.
Merdinger is a first-prize winner of the 2012 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano competition and a winner of the Artists International Alumni Winners Prize and the 2011 IBLA Grand Prize Competition Special Liszt Award.
She has also performed as a collaborative pianist with principal members of the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is on the Piano Faculty of the New Music School of Chicago.
Tickets prices are $18 for adults, $10 for seniors/adults, free for kids younger than 12 with a paying adult.
Ticket can be ordered in advance by calling (847) 295-1035 or purchased at the door on the day of the concert.
For details, visit www.northsuburbansymphony.org.