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Orchestra plans tea party fundraiser

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From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, an in-residence ensemble in the Arts Center at Elgin Community College, will host its second tea party to raise proceeds for the EYSO Student Scholarship Fund, a project of the Tea-lanthropy Women's Giving Circle of the EYSO.

The first Ladies Tea, inspired by the smash-hit PBS television program "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey," was a great success. And, the second is sure to follow suit. The tea will be held at the historic Oscar Swan Country Inn, 1800 W. State St., Geneva.

Tickets are $45 per person and may be purchased by calling the EYSO office at (847) 841-7700, or RSVP to Make your reservations today -- tea seating is limited!

Come out and support this organization dedicated to making music accessible to all students. Honorary Chairwoman Sandy Kaptain, wife of Elgin's Mayor David Kaptain, will be the tea hostess this year. This afternoon event will celebrate the English High Tea tradition with finger sandwiches, special desserts, scones with Devonshire cream, and of course, tea.

The tea party will feature two of the beloved Downton Abbey characters portrayed by local Fox Valley actors, a Hat and Accessories Fashion show of lovely items from The Little Traveler in Geneva, door prizes, and special surprises.

Guests are welcome to dress in period fashions including your favorite hat. Music will be provided by students from the EYSO.

The EYSO is committed to making participation accessible to any qualified student regardless of financial need. Since the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra is an In-Residence Ensemble at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, students who are 16 years of age at the beginning of a semester are eligible to earn college credit while playing in the EYSO.

The EYSO is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. The tax-deductible portion of your ticket price is $20.

Since 1976, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra has been challenging and inspiring an ever-widening circle of young musicians with rich and deep musical experiences. The focus is on a comprehensive learning environment, exploring the music beyond just performance skills, and wonderful concerts. This begins in the weekly rehearsal where the emphasis is on how the music is put together, and how it is a reflection of where and when it was written. Concert programs are imaginative, challenging, and diverse, and are often created around a theme.

The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), an in-residence ensemble in the Arts Center at Elgin Community College, is home to five orchestras and a brass choir with 350 students from over 60 communities. Founded in 1976, the mission of the EYSO is to create a community of young musicians, enriching their lives and the lives of their families, schools, communities and beyond, through the study and performance of excellent music. The EYSO is under the leadership of Artistic Director Randal Swiggum. This is his 16th season with the organization. The EYSO is partially supported by grants from the EFS Foundation, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, the Grand Victoria Foundation, the Hoffer Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), and the Palmer Foundation.

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