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2017-18 Season: Elemental—What Nature Tells Us About The Orchestra

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.

When Gustav Mahler was sketching his monumental Third Symphony, he penciled in at the top of the first movement “what the mountains tell me.” Composers have always been inspired and challenged by the natural world—not just to imitate it, but seek to understand it and share their understanding in sound. Using critical inquiry and EYSO’s famous “expert noticing,” we’ll study great symphonic music as a lens to understand concepts like organicism, musical motifs as DNA, and the orchestra as a kind of ecosystem. Featuring music of Bernstein, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, Bach, and more.

 

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August 2017

Fall Camp 2017

August 26 - August 27
Riverwoods,
35W624 Riverwoods Lane
St. Charles, IL 60174 United States

Prelude, Sinfonia, Philharmonia, and Youth Symphony students will gather at Riverwoods campus in St. Charles for our first event of the season!

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September 2017

Sunday Rehearsals Begin

September 10

Rehearsals begin for all orchestras (not Brass Choir, Percussion Ensembles, or Chamber Music ensembles).  Consult the weekly eNews and your EYSO handbook for schedule details.

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Primo Day

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Primo begins their season with this special event! Primo Intermezzo: check in at 1pm Primo: check in at 2pm

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2017-18 Season Kickoff Meeting

September 10 @ 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

All EYSO families and students will gather in the Blizzard Theatre to begin this exciting season: Elemental.  

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CMI Rehearsals Begin

September 17
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Brass Choir Rehearsals Begin

September 17 @ 5:35 pm - 6:35 pm
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

The Brass Choir begins their Elemental season today!

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October 2017

Young Artists Concerto Competition

October 14
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Philharmonia and Youth Symphony students may audition for the opportunity to perform a concerto with their orchestra during a spring concert.  See the Young Artists Concerto Competition application for details.

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Youth Symphony and Philharmonia/Sinfonia Percussion Ensemble Dress Rehearsals

October 29
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Primo Informance

October 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Primo and Primo Intermezzo make their debut with an Informance for families and friends.  Celebrate our young musicians, and join us for cookies and punch afterward!

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November 2017

Earth: Philharmonia Dress Rehearsal

Earth: Youth Symphony Dress Rehearsal

CONCERTS: Earth

The first concerts in our 2017-18 season, Elemental. Concerts at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm.  Reserve your seats at tickets.elgin.edu.

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Final Sunday rehearsals of 2017

November 12

All orchestras will not rehearse from November 13 - January 6.  Orchestra rehearsals resume Sunday, January 7. Chamber music ensembles will be on break after their concerts next week on Sunday, November 19.

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Chamber Music Institute concerts

November 19
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Debut performances by our thriving Chamber Music Institute, comprising nearly 30 ensembles of all ages and skill levels.

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January 2018

Orchestra rehearsals resume

January 7, 2018
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Orchestras, Brass Choir, and Percussion Ensembles resume rehearsals at ECC Arts Center today, following the standard Sunday schedule. Chamber Music Institute rehearsal resume on Sunday, January 28. 

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7th Annual Faculty Recital

January 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ECC Arts Center,
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

EYSO faculty and staff take the stage for an exciting hour of chamber music in this annual performance.

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