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May 2019 Concert

2:30 pm
Sunday May 12, 2019


The vocal virtuosity of local favorite Michelle Areyzaga and of the North Shore Choral Society will assist in the ESO’s celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, America’s greatest musical genius. A short overture by John Williams based on Bernstein melodies completes the tribute. The concert concludes with the great choral blockbuster, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, which combines haunting Medieval and Renaissance melodies with a large percussion laden orchestra.


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  • Williams
  • For New York (To Lenny! To Lenny!)
  • Bernstein
  • “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide

    Michelle Areyzaga, Soprano

  • Bernstein
  • Chichester Psalms

    TBA, Boy Soprano
    North Shore Choral Society

  • Orff
  • Carmina Burana

    Michelle Areyzaga, Soprano
    Peder Reiff, Tenor
    Christopher Magiera, Baritone
    North Shore Choral Society
    Evanston Children’s Choir

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
See map.


Buy Tickets

All tickets are assigned seating.

Advance Sales

$32 Adult, $27 Seniors, $5.00 Full-Time Student

At the Door Sales

$37 Adult, $32 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.

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.

Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the May concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, May 10 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.


The Evanston Symphony Orchestra is proud to provide videos to educate you about the pieces we perform and, at times, the soloists who will be performing. The video(s) below are examples only and do not represent performances by the Evanston Symphony Orchestra unless noted.


Our soprano soloist Michelle Areyzaga, accompanied by Jamie Shaak.

Carmina Burana

Our tenor soloist, Peder Reiff, in Orff's Carmina Burana at Grant Park, Chicago.

Carmina Burana

Our baritone soloist, Christopher Magiera, in Orff's Carmina Burana at Bilkent, Turkey.

Carmina Burana

Orff's Carmina Burana complete from Belgium.

Chichester Psalms

Leonard Bernstein conducts his Chichester Psalms with the Israel Philharmonic in Berlin, 1977.