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2016-17 Season: Hearts and Minds

Using music as a lens to understand the human experience, as expressed in masterworks of sound, students are not only challenged to perform great pieces of symphonic music at the highest possible level of technical excellence, but they are also challenged to become “expert noticers” and to explore deeply an essential question.

The 2016-17 season will explore the question: how is music political? Music historians have shown that every piece of music arises from within a particular culture, with its own values, morality, and power structures, and these are all embedded in the music itself.

The politics of music has been a rich topic of inquiry in music studies for at least the last twenty-five years, but three current events make it even more relevant today: the refugee crisis, the rise of a global economy accompanied by a rise in nationalism throughout the world, and of course, the 2016 American presidential election.

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February 2017

Dress Rehearsals: Percussion Ensembles and Brass Choir

February 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:35 pm

Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble 4:30-4:55pm Sinfonia/Philharmonia Percussion Ensemble 5:00-5:25pm Brass Choir 5:35-6:35pm

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Board of Directors meeting

February 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

EYSO's Board of Directors convenes monthly.

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March 2017

Open House

March 5 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

If you're thinking about joining EYSO, this is for you!  See EYSO behind the scenes: sit in on a rehearsal, ask questions of our friendly staff and volunteers, and learn about auditions and membership.  Bring along a parent, sibling, friend, or teacher as well! Download the Open House Guide to make the most of your visit. 

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Dress Rehearsals: By the Waters of Babylon

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Prelude and Primo Intermezzo will rehearse in the Blizzard Theatre. Primo Intermezzo 6:30-7:00pm Prelude 7:00-8:30pm

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By the Waters of Babylon dress rehearsals

Please note that these times are slightly different from what is customary. Sinfonia 7:30-8:20am Phiharmonia Chamber Orchestra 8:00-8:30am Philharmonia 8:30-9:40am Youth Symphony 9:50 - 11:25am

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CONCERTS: By the Waters of Babylon

March 12 @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Music of Exile, Longing, and Home One of the oldest songs of exile is Psalm 137, expressing the longing for home of Jews who had been captured and forced to relocate in Babylon. This Jewish diaspora has been repeated throughout history, as various peoples have been pushed out of their homeland by war, destruction, or economic collapse. This concert features music from Verdi’s Nabucco, including the famous “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves,” as…

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Board of Directors meeting

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

EYSO's Board of Directors convenes monthly.

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NOTES Turn-in Day

March 26
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

The big day is here!

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April 2017

Masterclass: Corky Siegel and the Chamber Blues

April 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us in the Blizzard Theatre for a free, public masterclass with Corky Siegel and his legendary Chamber Blues, exploring the juxtaposition of blues and classical music.

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CONCERT: EYSO with Chicago Blues Legend Corky Siegel

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Legendary blues harmonica player, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, author and celebrated composer Corky Siegel takes the stage with EYSO's Brass Choir and Youth Symphony for an exciting one-night event of classical and jazz music, including a world premiere from Composer in Residence Ethan T. Parcell. Tickets available now at tickets.elgin.edu. 

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No rehearsals today

April 16

Enjoy the holiday!

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Springboard: Annual EYSO Benefit Gala

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Charles Country Club,
1250 Country Club Rd
St. Charles, IL 60174
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The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors invites you to Springboard, the annual EYSO benefit gala.

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Board of Directors meeting

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

EYSO's Board of Directors convenes monthly.

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CONCERTS: Chamber Music Institute

April 30
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

The Chamber Music Institute ensembles give their season finale performances -- a full afternoon featuring young musicians of all ages.

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Open House

April 30 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

If you're thinking about joining EYSO, this is for you!  See EYSO behind the scenes: sit in on a rehearsal, ask questions of our friendly staff and volunteers, and learn about auditions and membership.  Bring along a parent, sibling, friend, or teacher as well! Download the Open House Guide to make the most of your visit. 

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May 2017

CONCERTS: We The People

Identity & Music Music has always helped forge the identity of peoples, whether tribes, nations, religions, or even sports teams. Many of the great composers of the 19 th century are remembered for colorful music which celebrated the language and folk music traditions of their people. Featured is the deeply nationalistic music of Grieg (Norway), Dvorak (Bohemia), Sibelius (Finland), Vaughan Williams, Holst and others, as well as the American sound of Copland, Gershwin,…

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