• Our Next Concert
    Harmonica Meets American Classics

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

    Theofanidis— Illinois Premiere

    Howard Levy

    Copland

    Gershwin

    with Howard Levy, Harmonica

  • ESO’s
    Share The Stage

    Share the Stage lets you sponsor a chair in the Orchestra. It’s our way of recognizing that the ESO Community is made up of Orchestra Members and Supporters.

  • Give the gift of music

    Treat a friend or relative to the ESO

    Give the gift of music by purchasing a custom gift certificate in any denomination of your choice!

2015–2016 CONCERT SERIES: CELEBRATING 70 YEARS

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Give the gift of music

Treat a friend or relative to the ESO

Give the gift of music by ordering directly from our website and purchasing a custom gift certificate in any denomination of your choice! Certificates may be redeemed for single ticket or season subscriptions for any of our concerts.

You will receive an electronic gift certificate or we can mail the certificate to you or directly to the recipient.

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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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, Howard Levy, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the February concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, February 12 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.

Improved Pick-Staiger Access

Breaking news (1/19/2015): Arts Circle Drive, leading up to Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, is now fully open. You can drive all the way up to the entrance now to drop people off. Both levels of the parking garage are open, with exits at the east and west ends.

If you park on the upper level, the eastern pedestrian exit is now on the same level as Pick Staiger. There are no steps at all between the parking and the concert hall, and no hill to climb.

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Evanston's Own Harmonica Master

Howard Levy

Two great local musical institutions – the Evanston Symphony and Howard Levy – are teaming up for the first time! Levy will perform his wonderful Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra with the ESO on 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston.

The three-movement piece was composed in 2000 on a commission from the Illinois Philharmonic. Each movement is written in a different church mode – Mixolydian, Dorian and Ionian – to give it a unique sound, and features improvisatory cadenzas for the soloist. Listen to the opening movement.

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ESO Celebrates Banner 70th Season with Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky & Other Favorites, Plus Evanston’s Own Howard Levy Playing His Harmonica Concerto and ‘Porgy and Bess’

The award-winning Evanston Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its 70th season on October 25 with a concert of much-loved favorites: Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade featuring concertmaster Julie Fischer in the prominent violin solos.

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