Elgin Symphony Orchestra to host virtual fundraising gala
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra was forced to cancel its annual fundraising gala scheduled for April. The ESO is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
This was a heartbreaking decision, but the safety of patrons and staff came first.
Throughout the summer the ESO staff has worked tirelessly with the gala committee and is excited to announce a virtual fundraising gala to be held on Sunday, Aug. 30.
The theme of the gala is "Honor the Past, Embrace the Future."
It will include an online auction of local treasures and exclusive private performance experiences featuring ESO musicians and a live virtual event hosted by ESO Music Director Andrew Grams.
Bidding begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, and concludes at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.
The live event, beginning at noon, will showcase conversations with a few favorite guest artists from the past 70 seasons of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
It includes an opportunity to watch Andrew Grams and Cleveland Orchestra flutist Saeran St. Christopher perform together.
In addition, the ESO is taking registration for a virtual 5K "Run with Beethoven" to raise funds for their Crescendo Campaign. Registration runs through Friday, Sept. 4. The community is invited to run or walk their own 5K between Sept. 5-12.
Ticket sales cover only 35% of the ESO's costs. Your donation will help the ESO continue to produce live classical music on stage and in the community.
ESO members often play at local hospitals, introduce students to live classical music in schools, and perform the annual Ainsworth Concerts for Youth for 10,000 students.
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra also partners with Food for Greater Elgin, Gail Borden Public Library, local Rotary Clubs, and other businesses and community organizations.
The ESO is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.