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    Sunday, February 1, 2015


    R. Strauss


    with Michelle Areyzaga, Soprano

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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, Michelle Areyzaga, at Musical Insights. She and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the February concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, January 30 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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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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