Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra opens season Oct. 23 with 'A French Connection'

  • As part of "Heavenly Harp & Beautiful Brass: A French Connection," Elmhurst Symphony Principal Harp Janelle Lake will perform Ravel's "Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Orchestra," a showpiece for the harp and chamber ensemble.

    As part of "Heavenly Harp & Beautiful Brass: A French Connection," Elmhurst Symphony Principal Harp Janelle Lake will perform Ravel's "Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Orchestra," a showpiece for the harp and chamber ensemble. Courtesy of Janelle Lake

 
Submitted by Linda Lyman
Updated 10/15/2020 7:08 PM

Join Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra members, friends and musicians for the first of two virtual fall musical programs, available at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, through Nov. 6.

"Heavenly Harp & Beautiful Brass: A French Connection" features audience favorite, Elmhurst Symphony Principal Harp Janelle Lake, as soloist in French composer Maurice Ravel's magical "Introduction and Allegro for Harp and Orchestra," a showpiece for the harp and chamber ensemble.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Lake will be joined by Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop in French harpist Marcel Grandjany's "Aria in Classic Style for Harp and Organ."

Complementing the shimmering delicacy of the harp will be works for brass: the majestic "Fanfare Pour Précéder La Péri" by French composer Paul Dukas, and American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk's lively "Souvenir de Porto Rico."

Maestro Alltop will also provide commentary on the music and composers, including the connections between them, their international influence on music, and the background and meaning of these works.

Rounding out the program will be interviews with Elmhurst Symphony members Sarah Carrillo, trumpet, about her musical life during the COVID-19 pandemic; Matthew Gaunt, tuba; and Janelle Lake, who has been principal harp of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra for 15 years.

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Enjoy this marvelous program at a time convenient for you from the comfort of your home -- a great way to brighten your day!

Tickets for the program are $28 for adults and $25 for seniors and can be purchased at www.elmhurstsymphony.org, by calling the ESO office at (630) 941-0202, or by sending a check to Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, P.O Box 345, Elmhurst, IL 60126.

For more information, email elmhurstsymphonytix@gmail.com.

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