Fox Valley September 2009 : Page 54

SYMPHONIC JOY FROM ELGIN Elgin Symphony Orchestra The Romeros Celebrate the opening of the ESO’s 60th Season with the return of The Romeros, the gui- tar quartet that has dazzled countless audiences and won the raves of reviewers world- wide. The season opens with the famous trumpet fanfare from Rossini’s William Tell Overture, while Respighi’s tow- ering masterpiece Pines of Rome takes you from children at play to legions of Roman soldiers marching in final triumph! October 2, 1:30pm & Westminster Abbey – The Art of Being English The first concert of the season features music highlighting the significant role of Westminster Abbey in English culture and tra- dition. This architectural jewel has been the scene of corona- tions, funerals and events of state for over a thousand years. The concert celebrates the distinctive music of the greatest English composers including: Vaughan Williams’ A London Symphony; Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance Marches; Handel’s Water Music; and others. November 8th. The Romeros 8:00pm, October 3, 8:00pm, October 4, 3:30pm. Hemmens Theatre. Robert Hanson, Conductor. The Music Of Henry Mancini Henry Mancini was one of the most versatile talents in music. The Mancini name equals great motion picture and television music, along with memorable recordings and international concert per- formances. Michael Berkowitz leads a program celebrating Mancini’s music, including favorites Baby Elephant Walk, Pink Panther and Moon River. October 16, 8:00pm, Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, October 17, 8:00pm, October 18, 3:30pm, Hemmens Theatre. Michael Berkowitz, Conductor. With the annual operating budget of over $3 million, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra is Illinois' premier regional, and the nation's fastest growing orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Robert Hanson, the Orchestra's season includes over 50 concerts annually (Classics, Pops, Educational Programming, and Holiday performances) at the 1,200-seat Hemmens Theatre in Elgin, the 440-seat Prairie Arts Center in Schaumburg, and the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Audiences of over 40,000 are served each year: 10,000 students are reached and educated through several music education programs. Box Office: 847-888-4000. www.elginsymphony.org. Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Sonic Cathedral The Architecture of Great Music is the theme for the 2009-10 season of the EYSO orchestras under Music Director Randal Swiggum. Each performance throughout the year will feature music focused on various architectur- al jewels worldwide. 54 FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2009 Annual Grape Expectations Wine and Chocolate Tasting and Silent Auction The EYSO’s annual Grape Expectations fundraiser is an event not to be missed. Enjoy an evening of wine and chocolate (from Graham’s in Geneva) tasting; hors d’oeuvres; great music played by EYSO students; and a silent auction featuring a variety of items donated by local businesses and individuals on behalf of the EYSO. November 13th. Under the Street Light Selected Youth Symphony students will perform with leads from the Jersey Boys in "Under the Street Light" at 7pm at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. November 15th. The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), an In-Residence Ensemble in the Arts Center at Elgin Community College, is home to four orchestras, a brass choir and the Maud Powell String Quartet with nearly 300 students from over 60 communi- ties. Founded in 1976, the mission of the EYSO is to create a community of young musicians, enriching their lives and the lives of their families, schools, communities and beyond, through the study and performance of excellent music. This pro- gram is partially supported by grants from the Palmer Foundation, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Palmer Foundation. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 847-622-0300. The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra is an In-residence Ensemble at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. www.eyso.org Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

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