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February 2025 Concert

2:30 pm
Sunday, February 2, 2025


In the year marking the 50th anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich’s death, the ESO plays his lyrical and powerful Symphony No. 5, a work in which many listeners hear despair beneath the glorious melodies. The work is paired with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with cello soloist Christine Lamprea. Opening the concert is a work by Jonathan Bailey Holland, composer and dean at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music: Motor City Dance Mix. It is a vibrant musical collage, in homage to Holland’s home city of Detroit, influenced by classical, hip-hop, jazz, and other musical genres.


Musical Insights Free Pre-Concert Preview the Friday before this concert.
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  • Holland
  • Motor City Dance Mix
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Variations on a Rococo Theme

    Christine Lamprea, cello

  • Shostakovich
  • Symphony No. 5 in D Minor

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
See map.


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All tickets are assigned seating.

At this time, masks, vaccinations and testing are no longer required to attend ESO concerts or events. As always, we ask that if you are sick, please stay home to prevent the spread of illness. (read more detail).

Advance Sales

$35 Adult, $30 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

At the Door Sales

$39 Adult, $35 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

Children Free

Children 12 and younger are admitted absolutely FREE, but must have an assigned seat.
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Christine Lamprea, cello

Christine Lamprea, cello




Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

February 9th, Friday, at 1:30 pm

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

Meet our soloist, Rick Ferguson, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling will explore the concert program in depth.


The Merion
Friday, February 9th at 1:30 pm,
Merion's Emerald Lounge at
529 Davis St, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to 847-570-7815.

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