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Elgin Symphony League sponsors trip to hear concert

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A trip to a special music event held at the Art Institute and featuring Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians will be sponsored by the Elgin Symphony League Sunday, May 18.

Called the "Truth to Power Music Festival," it is a highlight of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 season and celebrates the power of the artist to act as a beacon in dark times of dislocation, war and tyranny. The performance will draw musical connections to Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes' print series, "The Disasters of War."

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Through his art, Goya denounced war by creating a visual report using a combination of firsthand accounts and historical records. Following an overview of Goya's work by an Art Institute presenter, a CSO trio of musicians will perform pieces by composers impacted by the rise of totalitarianism in the 1930s, with each composer having his own distinctive musical responses to the threat.

Selections include "Four Waltzes" by Shostakovich; "Sonatine en Trio" by Schmitt; Trio by Khachaturian; Flute Sonata by Prokofiev; and "Contrasts" by Bartok.

Transportation to the Art Institute for the May 18 event begins with a motor coach departure from the Hemmen's Cultural Center, Elgin, at 10 a.m., followed by a noon lunch at the Art Institute's Bon Appetite Museum Café. The lecture and performance will be in Fullerton Hall, with a 4 p.m. return trip to Elgin.

Tickets are $76 per person. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Space is limited, so make your reservations by contacting the ESO box office, (847) 888-4000.

This trip to the "Truth to Power Music Festival" kicks off a summer series of special events hosted by the Elgin Symphony League, a nonprofit organization of volunteers who support the award-winning orchestra, now celebrating its 64th year.

Membership in the league is open to all who love music and wish to support the ESO, its music and its musicians. For more information, contact Jane McBride at (847) 606-2876 or (608) 563-4710.

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