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Outreach programs

The Evanston Symphony Orchestra has a clear mission – to provide quality, diverse, enjoyable and accessible classical musical entertainment that enriches the audience, orchestra and community. Our concerts include a diverse musical repertoire, bringing familiar favorites as well as lesser known classical masterpieces and new works to music lovers.

We present Musical Insights, special pre-concert programs, on Friday afternoons before each concert in our subscription series to increase people’s knowledge about composers and their works that we are performing. And you can read or download Program Notes before each concert.

To reach new audiences, we take music out into the community and bring more people to our concerts, focusing on preschoolers, tweens and seniors:

  • Music In Your World is a participative music education program for disadvantaged pre-school children at Head Start, and Pre-K in District 65. Run across the school year, this program teaches children the love of music with songs, movement, musical language and a lot of fun.
  • KidNotes are special program notes for children which are given out at every subscription concert. These entertain our younger listeners with easy to read information about the music and musicians, jokes, and pencil puzzles. All children under 12 are admitted free to subscription concerts. Download a sample issue of KidNotes (PDF)
  • Group seating for retirement communities allows seniors to sit together.

The Illinois Council of Orchestras has awarded the orchestra the 2007 COMMUNITY RELATIONS of the YEAR AWARD for our outreach programs!