Explore our 48th season

Program Notes & Concert Information

Concert Tickets

Terra una

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Blizzard Theater at Elgin Community College

In-person tickets: purchase online or call the ECC box office at 847-622-0300

1:30PM: Primo, Primo Intermezzo, Prelude, Sinfonia, & Sinfonia/Philharmonia Percussion Ensemble | Livestream

4:30PM: Brass Choir, Flute Choir, Philharmonia Chamber Ensemble, Philharmonia | Livestream

7:00PM: Youth Symphony, Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble, Hanson String Quartet | Livestream

Terra metallicum

Saturday, April 13, 2024

South Elgin High School Auditorium

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Join Youth Symphony, Brass Choir, and guest artist Wanees Zarour—a renowned performer, educator, and expert in Middle Eastern music—for a genre-bending evening of musical collaboration.

3PM: Masterclass (students only)

7:00PM: Youth Symphony & Brass Choir

CMI Spring Concerts

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Spartan Auditorium at Elgin Community College

Free, no tickets required

Concert times: 12:45PM, 2:00PM, and 4:30PM

Terra nostra

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Blizzard Theater at Elgin Community College

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1:30PM: Prelude, Sinfonia, & Sinfonia/Philharmonia Percussion Ensemble

4:30PM: Brass Choir, Flute Choir, & Philharmonia

7:00PM: Youth Symphony, Primo, & Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble

CMI Fall Concerts

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Spartan Auditorium at Elgin Community College

Free, no tickets required

Concert times: 12:45PM, 2:00PM, and 4:30PM | Livestream Archive

Terra naturalis

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Blizzard Theater at Elgin Community College

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1:30PM: Prelude, Sinfonia, & Sinfonia/Philharmonia Percussion Ensemble

4:30PM: Brass Choir, Flute Choir, & Philharmonia

7:00PM: Youth Symphony, Primo, & Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble

About our 48th season: GAIA

A note from our Artistic Director

For millennia, the complex and rich relationships between the natural world and humankind have captivated scholars, scientists, philosophers, and artists. Fruitful and fraught, timeless and fragile, these relationships inspire a tremendous spectrum of artistic expressions that imitate, investigate, and emulate the interconnected worlds of nature and humanity. In EYSO's 48th season, explore how sound reflects the natural and built worlds around us—and how the two are united through music.

1:30PM Concert

PRIMO

Tracy Dullea, conductor

Evening Prayer
Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
arr. Elliot del Borgo

from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750
arr. Merle J. Isaac
   I.  Moderat

PRIMO INTERMEZZO

Tracy Dullea, conductor

(De)composition
Caryn Wiegand Neidhold

PRELUDE

Andrea Ferguson, conductor

Overture to Nabucco
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
arr. Sandra Dackow

Waltz No. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
arr. Paul Lavender

Finale from Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
arr. Deborah Baker Monday

SINFONIA/PHILHARMONIA
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
 

Joe Beribak, director 

Stars ‘n Swing Forever
world premier
Kyle Hibben (b. 2008)

SINFONIA 

Greg Schwaegler, conductor 

Overture to The Pirates of Penzance
Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900

Amen Chorus from Messiah
George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
arr. Greg Schwaegle

4:30PM Concert

BRASS CHOIR 

Dan Sartori, conductor 

The Right Side of the Line

A Salute to Painting 

Research Fanfare 
Arthur Bliss (1891-1975)
 

Fanfare of Hope
John Stevens (b. 1951) 

FLUTE CHOIR 

Ruth Cavanaugh, conductor 

Talisman
Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda (b. 1975)

Seven Memoires
Robert Raines (1954-2023)

For the beauty of the earth
John Rutter (b. 1945)
arr. Matt Johnston

PHILHARMONIA
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Aaron Kaplan, conductor 

Rondo from Serenade No. 7
(“Haffner”) in G major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Bobby Meinig, violin

PHILHARMONIA

Aaron Kaplan, conductor 

Symphonic Variation “Merry-go-round + Cave of Mind”
Joe Hisaishi (b. 1950)

In the Balance
Steven Andrew Taylor (b. 1965)

7:00PM Concert

YOUTH SYMPHONY
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
 

Joe Beribak, director 

Time Began (2024)
world premier
Amelia Brey (b. 1994)

HANSON STRING QUARTET

String Quartet No. 1
Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941)
   I.   Allegro con brio
   II. Adagio

YOUTH SYMPHONY

Matthew Sheppard, conductor

Cello Concerto, Op. 10
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Megan Kamysz, cello

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
   I.     Dawn
   II.   Sunday Morning
   III.  Moonlight
   IV.  Storm

The Turtle Dove
Traditional
arr. G. Winston Cassler