'Inside the Music' explores Mozart's Jupiter Symphony March 22
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra's popular program "Inside the Music with Andrew Grams and the ESO" will explore Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, No. 41, considered by many to be the greatest symphony by the greatest composer of all time, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way in Elgin.
Mozart's longest and last symphony, critics have called it "overpoweringly great, fiery, artistic, pathetic, sublime." Designed to demystify musical masterpieces in a relaxed and casual setting, ESO Music Director Andrew Grams, using musical excerpts played by the ESO, will guide an exploration of the composer Mozart, his musical process and the spectacular Jupiter Symphony. After an intermission, the orchestra will perform the entire work with the audience experiencing a deeper connection to the music.
Enjoy refreshments in the hall during the event. Snacks available for purchase from Café Revive and Mama Lee's Gourmet Popcorn. Tickets are $30. Youth/Student tickets are $11. For more information and tickets, visit ElginSymphony.org or call (847) 888-4000.
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is collecting books for Bernie's Book Bank at all March concerts and asks for help in collecting 500 books. The ESO is celebrating National Reading Month by holding a book drive to benefit Bernie's Book Bank. During the March 22-24 concerts, patrons are able to donate new or gently used children's books for ages birth to sixth grade, which will be distributed to low-income children in the Chicago area. No textbooks, dictionaries, activity books, coloring books, reference material, religious books or foreign language books (dual language is ok) will be accepted. Learn more at berniesbookbank.org.
Catch up with friends for a drink and a quick snack at Café Revive. There is plenty of indoor seating and even a quiet space for more formal meetings. You can cozy up on our comfy chairs and crack open that book you've been dying to get through, or you can plug into one of our many outlets and use our place as an alternative office. We even have a kids' corner with books and games to occupy the little ones. There is something for everyone. On sunny days, enjoy a biscuit and a latte outside on the patio in the peaceful mall.
Café Revive is in the Dream Hall food court at 51 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. It was opened in a collaborative effort with several other local businesses to bring excellent, healthy food and drink offerings to our community. Among our many locally sourced ingredients, our coffee is definitely a community favorite. They brew coffee that is sustainably sourced, roasted and delivered by Conscious Cup every week. Come out and try a cup. Learn more at cafereviveelgin.com.
Mama Lee's Gourmet Popcorn offers over 40 flavors and hand-selects and rotates signature flavors weekly to keep the masses intrigued. At Mama Lee's, you'll always be greeted by someone who is friendly and excited to see you and who will always remind you to have a "Poptastic Day!" We not only want you to "Taste the Love" we want you to feel the love.
Mama Lee's Gourmet Popcorn is popped and made fresh daily on site. Why? Because we love to see you smile and there's nothing like the smell of freshly-popped popcorn to awaken the senses and bring a smile to one's face. Learn more at mamaleespopcorn.com.
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra 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. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. Area student musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts and patrons can purchase music-themed gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Preconcert chats are given by Music Director 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 area 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 11 a.m. at GreenFields of Geneva and 1 p.m. at the Gail Borden Public Library. Patrons can curate their own series with a Build your Own Series. If a patron can't make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a small fee. Visit ElginSymphony.org.