DuPage Symphony Orchestra takes you on 'Musical Journeys' for its 66th season

  • The DuPage Symphony Orchestra's 2019-20 season will feature an array of familiar orchestral masterpieces as well as a Family Concerts for Halloween and the winter holidays.

    The DuPage Symphony Orchestra's 2019-20 season will feature an array of familiar orchestral masterpieces as well as a Family Concerts for Halloween and the winter holidays. Courtesy of DuPage Symphony Orchestra

Submitted by Kristin Chmiel
Updated 9/20/2019 7:59 PM

Single tickets are now on sale for the DuPage Symphony Orchestra's 2019-20 concert season.

Audiences are invited to embark on a musical journey of international discovery at nine exciting concerts, performed with artistry and enthusiasm by the award-winning DuPage Symphony Orchestra. This acclaimed, 90-member symphony orchestra is in residence at North Central College in Naperville and performs at the college's acoustically superb Wentz Concert Hall.


The series of five concerts will feature an array of familiar orchestral masterpieces to anchor the season: from Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E minor at the opening concert in October to Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor in February and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D major in May.

Acclaimed soloists will appear with the orchestra as well: Chicago-area soprano Ariana Strahl in Manuel de Falla's "Seven Popular Spanish Songs"; internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine in Khachaturian's exhilarating Violin Concerto in D minor; and Concert Artists Guild Competition Winners Mitya Nilov in Keiko Abe's mesmerizing "Prism Rhapsody" for marimba and orchestra and Yi-Nuo Wang in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, as part of the orchestra's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.

The 2020 DuPage Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Auditions winner will be featured as well on the DSO's March concert, and works by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Holst, and Hanson will offer further variety throughout the year.

When asked about the coming season, Music Director and Conductor Barbara Schubert said, "We are proud to offer our audience distinctive and enriching programs every season: not only revisiting the great masterpieces of the literature, but also presenting more unusual works that deserve to be heard -- and that we're sure our listeners will enjoy! Howard Hanson's Romantic Symphony and Vassily Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 1 in G minor are such treasures: lush, romantic, and beautiful in both melody and harmony. Join us for our 2019-2020 Musical Journeys, to experience some of the greatest orchestral music ever written."

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In addition to the five season concerts, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra will continue to offer its popular Family Concerts, celebrating Halloween with the tantalizing theme of "Arabian Nights" on Sunday, Oct. 27, with orchestra musicians in costume and a side-by-side performance with musicians from the Naperville Youth Symphony.

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra also shares "'Tis the Season" on Sunday, Dec. 15, which promises to delight young concertgoers as well as listeners of all ages with holiday favorites and a special visit from Santa.

"A DuPage Symphony Orchestra concert in Wentz Hall is truly one of the gems of the cultural arts scene of the western suburbs," says Teresa Muir, board president. "Audiences are sure to enjoy the quality and passion our musicians share from the stage."

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra season is partially supported by Savant Capital Management of Naperville and grants from the DuPage Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Special Events Cultural Amenities Commission.


For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.dupagesymphony.org or call the North Central College box office at (630) 637-SHOW.

Whether you are a music aficionado who wants to know more about the orchestra's rich and varied repertoire or a brand new listener who wants to understand the very basics of orchestral music, the DuPage Symphony can assure you that the concerts will take you on an enthralling musical journey throughout the season.

Discover your passion and be inspired by the DuPage Symphony!

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