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June 2025 Concert

2:30 pm
Sunday, June 8, 2025


This diverse program explores the close links between two groundbreaking French composers of the late 19th-early 20th century, Debussy and Ravel, and American 20th century giants Gershwin and Copland. Both Americans were strongly influenced by the French masters. Ravel in turn, referenced Gershwin in his Piano Concerto in G Major, played by rising star Ko-Eun Yi. Debussy’s Prelude is one of the masterworks of orchestral repertoire. The program is rounded out with the string orchestra version of William Grant Still’s Mother and Child.


Musical Insights Free Pre-Concert Preview the Friday before this concert.
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  • Gershwin
  • Cuban Overture
  • Still
  • Mother and Child
  • Ravel
  • Piano Concerto in G Major

    Ko-Eun Yi, piano

  • Debussy
  • Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
  • Copland
  • Billy the Kid Suite


Paula Jacobi and Todd Wiener

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
See map.


Buy Tickets

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.
Please call 847.864.8804 or email for all orders with children’s tickets.


Ko-Eun Yi, piano

Ko-Eun Yi, piano




Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

May 31, 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, Steven Banks, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling will explore the concert program in depth.


The Merion
Friday, May 31 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.