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    Russian Rhapsodies

    Sunday, October 26, 2014




    with Kate Liu, Piano

    Kate Liu, Piano
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    Sunday, December 7, 2014 — 3:00 pm

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Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

Enhance your concert experience with a sneak preview — Composers come alive and their passions take center stage when ESO General Manager David Ellis and ESO Maestro Lawrence Eckerling take you on an insider’s tour of the history and highlights behind the music.

Meet our soloist, Kate Liu, at Musical Insights. She and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the October concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, October 24 at 1:30 pm,
The Merion Crystal Ballroom at
1611 Chicago Avenue at Davis Street, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served and casual tours of newly renovated apartments will be available after the program.

Updated Construction Access Information

Updated October 2014: New Pedestrian Ramps

A construction project on the south side of campus has altered the normal route to and from Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and Regenstein Recital Hall. Arts Circle Drive is now closed to traffic. Please allow extra time for parking.

Pick Staiger Construction Map

The north central stairwell and walkway east of the theater buildings is closed for improvements. After parking your vehicle, walk to the northwest stairwell of the parking structure and exit to the pedestrian walkway along the west side of the theater buildings.

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ESO Rings In 2014–15 Season with New Concertmaster

ESO Concertmaster Julie Fischer in rehearsal with the orchestra

The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 69th season with a new concertmaster, Julie Fischer. Ms. Fischer grew up in Skokie and earned her undergraduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with distinction in 2005. She studied for six years with Donald Weilerstein, who for two decades was first violinist of the famed Cleveland Quartet.

She currently is on the teaching faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and coaches the chamber music program at Midwest Young Artists. In addition, she maintains her own teaching studio. She won the Rembrandt Players Competition in 1997 and is a three-time winner of the prestigious Fischoff Competition. She was concertmaster of the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in in 2004.

“I am excited and honored to be named concertmaster of the Evanston Symphony,” she said. She noted that she appeared with the ESO in 1998 as a winner of the Young Artists’ Competition, playing the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. “I never imagined when I soloed with the orchestra as a teenager then that I would be leading it 16 years later.”

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SHOP and Support the ESO!

Are you looking to buy a gift for someone a Amazon? Need to stock up on supplies from Amazon?

Amazon has a special program called Smile, where the company donates a small amount of your purchase to your designated charity. Once you select the ESO as your Smile recipient, just point your browser to smile.amazon.com each time you want to shop at Amazon and the Evanston Symphony will benefit. It won’t cost you a thing!

Thanks, and happy shopping.

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Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 Reflects Drama of World War II

Sergei Prokofiev (courtesy Library of Congress)

Sergei Prokofiev composed his Symphony No. 5 in B flat major during a critical point in World War II. Russia was anticipating victory over Nazi Germany, and there was a tangible feeling of excitement in Russia. The Evanston Symphony will perform this dazzling orchestral work during its Oct. 26 concert in the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 2:30 p.m.

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