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Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 6, 2015
3:00 p.m.

Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert

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

Don’t miss enjoying these favorite Yule festivities with your family and friends … and you can take advantage of our special rates for a package of 2 adult tickets and 3 children's tickets.

The award-winning Evanston Symphony Orchestra is joined by:

NEW Gospel Choir, an 80-voice choir organized by Rev. Kenneth Cherry

and returning once again:

North Shore Choral Society [learn more]

Evanston Dance Ensemble [learn more]

Evanston Children’s Choir [learn more]

ETHS A Cappella Choir

Audience Sign-a-long

And, a BIG bonus for all kids from 1 to 101 — a visit from Santa and his elves!

See below for this year’s program highlights.

Evanston Township High School Auditorium

1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
See map.

Buy Single Tickets

Single Tickets

Advance Tickets:

Adults $25
Children under 18 years old $10

At-the-door Admission:

Adults $30
Children under 18 years old $10

Preferred Seating Area*:

Adults $40
Children under 18 years old $15

Buy Family Packages

Family Package

Advance Tickets:

Save $10
2 adults and 3 children only $70

At-the-door Admission:

Save $15
2 adults and 3 children only $75

Preferred Seating Area:*

2 adults and 3 children only $100

*Preferred seating tickets only available for advance sale

Program Highlights for 2015

Orchestral numbers will include Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Robert Wendel’s A Chanukah Overture and Christmas a la Valse.

The Evanston Dance Ensemble will dance more than 20 minutes to selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, accompanied by the ESO.

The North Shore Choral Society will join the ESO in selections from Poulenc’s Gloria and Handel’s always crowd-pleasing “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah. And the NSCS, the Evanston Children’s Choir, and the ESO will then be joined by the gospel choir in the “Hallelujah” from Quincy Jones’ “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration,” using an orchestration specially commissioned by the ESO with the assistance of the Cultural Arts Fund of the City of Evanston. The gospel choir will also sing Timothy Wright’s “Pretty Baby” in the first part of the concert.

The Evanston Children’s Choir will perform two versions of “Welcome Yule,” one by William Matthias and the other from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. And the audience will join the orchestra in a “Sing-a-long” of beloved Christmas songs, led by none other than Santa himself.

Share this magical holiday concert with your family and friends and be part of the largest indoor ­ performance event in Evanston. You’ll be caroling all the way home!


Sneak Peak Video

Get a glimpse of what our festive Holiday Concerts sound and look like.

Ballet dancers from the Evanston Dance Ensemble dance to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, accompanied by the ESO.

Photos/Videos from previous years
Hooves Have Twinkle Toes: Meet the Dancing Reindeer

Tap, Tap. Who’s there? Why it’s Rudolph and his tap-dancing reindeer! Karie Angell Luc is at an Evanston, IL December 3, 2013 rehearsal of “An Evanston Symphony Christmas” where Suzanne Torrey, Evanston Symphony Orchestra Association president, is proud of the December 8 holiday showcase. Be there.
Video Source: Chicago Sun-Times
James M. Stephenson III is the arranger of this version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Click to play
Chicago Sun-Times Video
on their site.

Photos from previous years

By Strike2Photography: 2011 Evanston Symphony Christmas
Evanston Symphony Holiday performers, including
dancers from Evanston Dance Ensemble, in December 2011.
(By Strike2Photography)
See more of these photos on our Facebook page

By Strike2Photography: 2011 Evanston Symphony Christmas
Santa and the Evanston Children's Choir join the 2011 ESO orchestra
(By Strike2Photography)