• Announcing Our 75th Season,
    2021–22

    Brahms 4
    Tchaikovsky 4
    Beethoven 9
    Dvořák Cello Concerto

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  • Our Next Concert
    Brahms 4

    Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:30 p.m.
    at Evanston Township High School

    Wagner, Mendelssohn

    Brahms

    with Arnold Sussmann, violin

    Arnold Sussmann
  • Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert

    Sunday, December 12, 2021 — 3:00 pm

    Make sure your holiday season starts with the best holiday event in Evanston!

    Special rates for a family package of 2 adult tickets and 3 children’s tickets.

2021–2022 SERIES: 75th Season

Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

Friday, November 5 at 1:30 pm

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, Arnaud Sussman, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the November concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, November 5 at 1:30 pm,
The Merion Crystal Ballroom at
1611 Chicago Avenue at Davis Street, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to 847-562-5318.

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

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 at 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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KidNotes for Elementary and Middle School Students

All ESO subscription concerts are free for children 12 and under—a great opportunity to develop appreciation of symphonic music at an early age. Tickets for kids over 12 and college students with ID are $5. The original idea for KidNotes came from the desire of the ESO Board to encourage parents to bring kids to concerts. Recognizing the need to address the potential “fidget factor” in grade- and middle-school students during concerts, KidNotes started in 1997 as an eight-page booklet.

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Rick Greene Celebrates 55 Years With the ESO

Rick Greene

Rick Greene’s big sister was a horn player and music major at St. Olaf College, so it was no surprise he followed in her footsteps. Rick started horn lessons in fifth grade and when it was clear that he loved the instrument, his father bought him his own horn. “Learn to play that well,” his father said, “and you’ll be playing for a lifetime.” Prophetic words indeed!

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William (Bill) Dawson, Contrabassoon, 10 Years

Bill Dawson

What is or was your "day job”? Retired from medical practice 22+ years ago and from music teaching one year ago.

Most memorable performance with ESO: Too many to name just one.

Biggest challenge during the COVID-19 lockdown: Dealing with the sameness, restriction, and boredom of living in a gated retirement community.

It has been my privilege and pleasure to be a member of ESO this past decade. Looking toward a 15th commemoration.

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