Elgin Symphony Orchestra offers free Listener's Club events in Barrington and Elgin

Robbie Herbst, assistant principal second violin with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, will discuss the upcoming concerts celebrating the 200th anniversary of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony debuted May 7, 1842, in Vienna, Austria. Herbst will discuss the music and the composer behind this renowned work at free Listener’s Club events on Tuesday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy. in Barrington, and on Wednesday, May 1, at noon in the Gail Borden Public Library Meadows Community Room, 270 N. Grove Ave. in downtown Elgin.

The programs are free, but registration is recommended. Visit to register for the Barrington event and to register for the Elgin discussion.

The award-winning ESO will perform the masterpiece, along with Jessie Montgomery’s “Hymn for Everyone” and Mozart’s “Ave verum corpus,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way in Elgin.

For more information about the ESO’s concerts, and to purchase tickets, visit

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