'Experience Passion' at Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra's upcoming 59th season

  • The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, led by music director and conductor Stephen Alltop, will open its 59th season on Oct. 12 with "Celestial Visions."

    The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, led by music director and conductor Stephen Alltop, will open its 59th season on Oct. 12 with "Celestial Visions." Courtesy of Elmhurst Symphony

Submitted by Linda Lyman
Updated 7/12/2019 6:40 PM

Well-loved masterpieces and dazzling performances by instrumental soloists and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago await you in the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra's highly anticipated 59th season of music-making: "Experience Passion."

Concert programs will offer music sure to please a wide range of musical tastes, and special events throughout the season will infuse the concert experience with a celebratory flavor. The symphony's home at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church offers a spectacular contemporary space in which to enjoy not-to-be-missed performances with family and friends.


You will want to be at each concert to appreciate all the season offers, beginning in October with "Celestial Visions," a spectacular program of music by Johann Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius and Estacio and featuring astronomer and filmmaker José Salgado as a special guest.

Tchaikovsky's well-loved Symphony No. 6 in B minor and violinist Joshua Brown playing Prokofiev's powerful and virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2 are showcased in "Tchaikovsky's Pathétique," the second concert of the season in November.

January brings "Mozart Magic" in a program featuring the amazing talents of the ESO principal winds and brass.

"Bach's Passion," sung by the acclaimed Apollo Chorus of Chicago, takes center stage in March, and the season comes to a rousing conclusion in May with "Russians and Percussion," starring percussionist She-e Wu in a breathtaking performance of Higdon's Festive Overture and the ESO playing music of Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff.

Concerts will be:

• "Celestial Visions" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12;

• "Tchaikovsky's Pathétique" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10;

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• "Mozart Magic" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26;

• "Bach's Passion" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15;

• "Russians and Percussion" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9.

You can subscribe now for the 59th season of the Elmhurst Symphony.

In this season of stellar musical experiences, the symphony will offer five different concerts; patrons can choose packages of three to five concerts for any dates.

Those who become ESO members by subscribing will also receive substantial discounts on additional single ticket purchases, free exchange of ticket dates for most concerts, and invitations to subscriber-only events. To become a member or for more information call (630) 941-0202 or visit www.elmhurstsymphony.org.

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