Bids are now open for the silent auction, part of Elgin Symphony Orchestra's "Hidden Treasure" fundraiser. Put in your opening offer at 2018ESO.gesture.com.
Anyone interested in supporting the ESO may register and bid on the items online.
There are a variety of silent auction offerings including "Coffee with the Maestro," "'Meat' the Musicians," viola and violin lessons, your own private recitals, or "Music and Mimosas," as well as gift baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, shows and concerts, and more.
There are also a limited number of tickets available for the ESO "Hidden Treasure" auction and fundraiser from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the St. Charles Country Club. Tickets are $75 each.
The afternoon features brunch, live music, silent and live auctions, raffles and other surprises. Attendees can meet Music Director Andrew Grams and other ESO musicians!
The ESO in is the midst of an aggressive capital campaign to fund the 2018-19 season and an endowment.
The fundraiser also helps cover costs associated with the ESO's outreach and community programs like Musicians Care, Ainsworth Concerts for Youth, ESO Traveling Ensembles, master classes and more.
ESO ticket sales cover only 35 percent of costs. The rest of the budget comes from generous donations from businesses, corporations and individual donors. Brunch is sponsored by Ram and Nancy Ramanandan.
The event is also sponsored by Beverly Hoffman, Carnow, Conibear & Associates, Cook Street Plaza, David and Sandra Kaptain, Northern Trust, Rosmarie Phelps, Rev. Arlyn and Jeanne Tolzmann, Quintessential Barrington and Wolko Design Group.
For ESO "Hidden Treasure" fundraiser tickets, see ElginSymphony.org.
Now in its 67th season, the ESO offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented four times -- in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016 -- and works to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region.
Area musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts and patrons can purchase gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Preconcert chats are given by Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before Classics Series performances and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to "Mingle with the Musicians" at local restaurants. In addition, free Listeners Club lecture/discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered before ESO Classics Series concert weekends on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at GreenFields of Geneva and 1 p.m. at the Gail Borden Public Library. Flex passes are available for purchase so that you can choose your concerts at a later date based on your own schedule. And if a patron can't make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a small fee. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available.