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Subscribers get to see Elgin Symphony Orchestra rehearse

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  • Members of the Daily Herald's Subscriber Total Access program got a behind-the-scenes peek at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's dress rehearsal at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Friday.

       Members of the Daily Herald's Subscriber Total Access program got a behind-the-scenes peek at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's dress rehearsal at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Claudette Klimes of Elgin and fellow Daily Herald subscribers listen as Elgin Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Andres Franco addresses the crowd during a behind-the-scenes event offered to Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access members at the Hemmens Cultural Center on Friday in Elgin.

       Claudette Klimes of Elgin and fellow Daily Herald subscribers listen as Elgin Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Andres Franco addresses the crowd during a behind-the-scenes event offered to Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access members at the Hemmens Cultural Center on Friday in Elgin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Andres Franco leads the orchestra during rehearsal after a behind-the-scenes event for Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access members.

       Elgin Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Andres Franco leads the orchestra during rehearsal after a behind-the-scenes event for Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access members.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Violinists perform a piece with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra during rehearsal at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Friday. The behind-the-scenes event was offered as a Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access event.

       Violinists perform a piece with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra during rehearsal at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Friday. The behind-the-scenes event was offered as a Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access event.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Elgin Symphony Revealed

 
 

Watching the sausage get made can be pretty interesting after all.

Members of the Daily Herald's Subscriber Total Access program had a rare opportunity Friday night to enjoy the final rehearsal of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's "Night of Enchantment" concert, in performance Saturday and Sunday at the Hemmens Auditorium.

Fortified with appetizers and cocktails, STA guests sat around the Hemmens auditorium and watched guest conductor Andres Franco rehearse the fiery film score "Las Noches de Los Mayas," Aaron Copland's "El Salon Mexico" and "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."

Longtime Daily Herald subscribers Stephanie and Roger Pelczynski came from Des Plaines to kick off their anniversary weekend -- 50 years on Saturday.

For them, hearing Franco stop and start, rehearsing sections and transitions, was a treat.

"This is a very good introduction to the symphony," Stephanie said. "How wonderful to introduce people to what our community has to offer."

For his part, Franco ran a tight rehearsal but turned to the audience between pieces to clue them in and keep the evening light.

The ESO is in a transition year as it searches for its next full-time conductor. Franco is not a candidate but came in specially for the Latin concert. So did virtuoso violin soloist Elena Urioste, whose rehearsal of "The Four Seaons of Buenos" was a highlight of the evening.

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