Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra opens season with 'Celestial Visions'

  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop

    Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop Courtesy of Stephen Alltop

  • Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a performance of Canadian composer John Estacio's "Aurora Triptych." It is part of the "Science & Symphony" project founded by Emmy Award-nominated astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado.

    Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a performance of Canadian composer John Estacio's "Aurora Triptych." It is part of the "Science & Symphony" project founded by Emmy Award-nominated astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado. Courtesy of José Francisco Salgado

 
By Linda Lyman
Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
Posted9/19/2019 1:00 AM

The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop, will open its 59th season of musical adventures at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church.

"Celestial Visions" features Emmy-nominated astronomer and photographic artist José Francisco Salgado, whose films will be set to John Estacio's "Aurora Triptych."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Also on the program are Symphony No. 3 in C Major by Jean Sibelius, Johann Strauss's "Blue Danube Waltz," and 2019 Stanger Young Artist Audition winner, pianist Justin Chang, playing the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

In keeping with its tradition of contributing to the community, the symphony will accept donations of nonfood items for the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry at the concert. Concertgoers are invited to bring paper and cleaning products and personal care items for all ages of pantry clients.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $12 for students. They can be purchased at www.elmhurstsymphony.org or by calling the box office at (630) 941-0202.

Group and family rates also are available. Patrons can save on ticket costs by purchasing a three-, four- or five-concert season subscription, available on the ESO website, by calling the box office or at the Oct. 12 concert.

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Subscriber benefits include purchase of additional single tickets for $25, free exchange of tickets (conditions apply), and subscriber-only gatherings.

For details, call the box office at (630) 941-0202.

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church is at 149 W. Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst. It has accessible parking and facilities; parking is free.

The concert experience is enhanced by the "Behind the Music Stand" discussion led by audience favorite Ted Hatmaker, which takes place at 5:45 p.m., prior to the concert.

The 59th season of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra is made possible, in part, by grants from the City of Elmhurst, the Illinois Arts Council, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and 90.9-FM WDCB, Chicago's Home for Jazz.

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