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.
Prelude prepares onstage for our season finale concerts: Fire.Find out more »
Ahead of our season finale, ensembles prepare on the Blizzard Theatre stage. Primo Sinfonia Philharmonia Youth Symphony Detailed schedule TBA.Find out more »
EYSO's 2017-18 season finale promises thrilling music fitting for the occasion. Reserve your seats for Fire at tickets.elgin.edu. Concerts at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm.Find out more »
Audition for EYSO's 2018-19 season, The Little Prince: an exploration of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic adventure tale and the profound wisdom that has made it a subject of study and interpretation for 75 years. For requirements and how to audition, visit eyso.org/join-eyso.Find out more »