Guest violinist, conductor join ESO for its 'Eroica' concerts

  • Celebrated violinist Randall Goosby will perform with the ESO on Feb. 5 and 6.

    Celebrated violinist Randall Goosby will perform with the ESO on Feb. 5 and 6. Courtesy of Kaupo Kikkas

  • Guest conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl will lead the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in its Feb. 5 and 6 performances.

    Guest conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl will lead the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in its Feb. 5 and 6 performances. Courtesy of Elgin Symphony Orchestra

 
 
Posted2/1/2022 11:49 AM

Celebrated violinist Randall Goosby and conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl will join the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for its Feb. 5 and 6 performances at the Hemmens in Elgin.

Guest violinist Goosby will perform Mendelssohn's Concerto, Violin, op. 64, E minor. An equally impressive Ankush Kumar Bahl, currently music director at the Omaha Symphony, will conduct the concert that also features Montgomery's Starburst and Beethoven's Eroica.

 

Tickets, ($30-$65, $10 students) for the 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 5, and the 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 6, are available at the ESO box office, 20 DuPage Court, Elgin, or by phone at (847) 888-4000, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online at ElginSymphony.org.

About the guest artists

When now 25-year-old Randall Goosby first picked up a violin at the age of seven, the thrill was instantaneous. Within two years, at the age of nine, Goosby debuted as a soloist with the Jacksonsville Symphony. By age 13, he performed in the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concert. He has since been named a "Rising Star" by the Stradivari Society and has gone on to win numerous honors -- including the 2018 first prize winner in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Sphinx's Isaac Stern Award. He is pursuing an Artist Diploma with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Julliard School and recently released his first full-length recording, entitled Roots.

Bahl, American born and of Indian descent, is known for his thoughtful interpretations, inspiring conducting, and his engaging presence on the podium. A protégé of former New York Philharmonic Music director Kurt Masur, Bahl has conducted in Europe for the Orchestre National France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Leipzip Gewandhaus Orchestra. From 2011-15 he was the assistant conductor at the National Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted more than 100 performances. He has been honored four times with the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards.

Know before you go

Ticket holders can enjoy a preconcert chat with the guest conductor one-hour before each concert.

Masks and proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination are required for all attendees. Discounts are available for youth tickets, and those who subscribe to three or more Elgin Symphony Orchestra performances at the Hemmens Cultural Center between January and May 2022 will receive $5 off each adult ticket price.

The Hemmens is at 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

The ESO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. To learn more or to support the ESO, visit www.elginsymphony.org.

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