EYSO’s 45th Season: Myths & Legends

Our 2020-21 season is called MYTHS & LEGENDS—and we can’t wait to explore it together. Through our study of incredible orchestral music, we’ll be building and examining connections between music and our wider world, exploring preconceived notions and societal and cultural constructs, and examining our own values and beliefs. We’ll ask the question, how do our myths and legends, both cultural and personal, influence our worldview?

Download a PDF of EYSO’s 2020-21 Season Handbook, which includes important information regarding EYSO policies and procedures. By participating in EYSO activities, you agree to abide by the most recent version of this Handbook:

Season Handbook (Revised 9/16/2020)

Download a PDF of EYSO’s 2020-21 Season Calendar:

Season Calendar

The Calendar and Handbook are subject to change, so check back regularly for updated versions and watch your weekly eNews for the most current information.

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March 2019

Sterling Brass Quintet Pre-Concert Performance for Elgin Symphony Orchestra

March 3, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Hear Sterling Brass Quintet perform in the lobby of the Hemmens Cultural Center prior to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's concert on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 1:15pm to 2:3pm. _________ STERLING BRASS QUINTET (SBQ) Coached by Matthew and Kari Lee of the acclaimed Millar Brass Ensemble, the quintet focuses on performance techniques unique to brass playing, and an eclectic mix of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Its…

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EYSO Concert Day

March 9, 2019 - March 10, 2019

Second concerts of the EYSO's 43rd season: See the Wheat Fields? Mystery, Memory, and Meaning Concerts begin at 2:00pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm. Tickets: www.tickets.elgin.edu

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April 2019

Draw Me a Sheep: EYSO Brass Choir & Youth Symphony—Rehearsal & Concert

April 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us on April 6 in the Blizzard Theater for a special concert—DRAW ME A SHEEP. This concert is our third for this season which have been following our season theme based on the classic novel, The Little Prince. The 7:00 pm concert features Brass Choir, Youth Symphony and special guests, EYSO Composer-in-residence, Ethan Parcell, and Focus Group LLC. Performance at 7:00 pm Rehearsal at 3:00 pm Learn more about…

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Chamber Music Institute Concerts–FREE & Open to the Public!

April 28, 2019 @ 7:45 am - 11:30 am
Elgin Commumity College, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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DATE RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 14TH (4/14 concert was cancelled due to snow) CHAMBER MUSIC INSTITUTE CONCERTS Spartan Theater, Elgin Community College Concerts begin at 12:45, 2:00, and 3:15  Celebrate the beauty of chamber music with a series of concerts on April 28, 2019. EYSO Chamber Music Institute students from Prelude, Sinfonia, Philharmonia and Youth Symphony as well as all four Honors Chamber Ensembles will perform throughout the afternoon. CMI concerts…

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May 2019

Chamber Music Institute Concerts (CMI)–FREE & Open to the Public!

May 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Elgin Commumity College, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60120 United States

FINAL SPRING CMI CONCERTS THURSDAY, MAY 2, 7:00pm The last rescheduled Chamber Music Institute Concert is 5/2/19 at 7:00pm at Elgin Community College (Arts Center, Building H) in room H122 This concert is free and open to the public. Please join us to celebrate the CMI students' accomplishments!

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Season Finale Concerts on May 5, 2019

May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Join us for our season finale concerts on May 5, 2019: LITTLE BELLS ARE CHANGED TO TEARS Laughter, Longing, and Loss May 5, 2019 Blizzard Theater, Elgin Community College​ Concert Times: 2PM, 4:30PM, 7:30PM In addition to this being our 43rd season finale we are recognizing our music educator of the year and servant leader. This season we are recognizing Kathy Heikkinen, Kenyon Woods Middle School, as EYSO Music Educator…

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Honors Chamber Ensemble Recital

May 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Elgin Covenant Church, 1565 Larkin Avenue
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Join us for a free concert presenting our Honors Chamber Ensembles. This concert will include: Earl Clemens Wind Quintet Maud Powell String Quartet Hanson String Quartet Sterling Brass Quintet Performances begin at 7 p.m. at Elgin Covenant Church located at 1565 Larkin Ave, Elgin, IL 60123 View the concert program here:

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July 2019

Summer Chamber Music Camp – Camp Finale Concerts

July 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Elgin Academy, 350 Park Street
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Camp will culminate in a final performance (6pm and 7:30pm) the evening of Friday, July 26 in Elgin Academy’s historic Sears Gallery. As Elgin’s first concert hall and art gallery, the neo-classical structure was built in 1924. The performance space remains an intimate, acoustic gem. Please RSVP to attend:

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Summer Chamber Music Camp – Camp Finale Concerts

July 26, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Elgin Academy, 350 Park Street
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Camp will culminate in a final performance (6pm and 7:30pm) the evening of Friday, July 26 in Elgin Academy’s historic Sears Gallery. As Elgin’s first concert hall and art gallery, the neo-classical structure was built in 1924. The performance space remains an intimate, acoustic gem. Please RSVP to attend:

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November 2019

November 10th Fall CMI Showcases

November 9, 2019 - November 10, 2019
FREE

Join us for the first CMI concert of the season. Concerts are free and do not require tickets. Concert Times: 2:00pm 3:15pm 4:30pm. Please invite friends, family, and private teachers! All performances are in the Spartan Auditorium of Elgin Community College. Preview the concert program here and see what we are playing and who our students are this season. Sunday is a perfect day to unwind with some lovely chamber music.…

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EYSO Concerts – TIME. SPACE. ENERGY: 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm

November 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
$14 – $25

First concerts of the EYSO's 44th season on November 17th: Time.Space.Energy. Music In Motion Great music lives, breathes, and moves through time and space. It flows and it marches; it twists sinuously in the musical breeze and presses forward with relentless drive. Even in moments of stillness, there is a pulse, a subterranean energy that performers both create and submit to. What is this quasi-mystical thing; this hidden energy? Join…

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January 2020

Ninth Annual Faculty Recital, 2:00pm

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

From 2 to 3 pm, Sunday, January 5, in the ECC Arts Center at 1700 Spartan Drive, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) is kicking off the start if its 2nd semester with a special treat – the 9th Annual EYSO Faculty Recital. While originally intended as a way for students and parents to see their conductors in action, the recital has become an EYSO tradition and is also a…

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March 2020

Joffrey Ballet Artist Luis Vazquez on WRMN with EYSO

March 5 @ 4:10 pm - 4:30 pm

Tune into WRMN on Thursday, March 5 at 4:10 pm (we will be speaking to Luis around 4:15 pm) to hear from Joffrey Ballet artist, Luis Vazquez and EYSO staff. We will be chatting with Luis about our upcoming concert day on March 8th. Tune in on Facebook live, online, or at 1410AM on your radio dial! Or feel free to wave at us from Douglas Ave, the studio is…

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EYSO Concerts – EN POINTE!: 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm

March 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Elgin Community College, Building F, 1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123 United States
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$10.50 – $25

EYSO Concerts - EN POINTE!: 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm In our second concert of the 2019-20 season, we plunge ourselves into the flow, the life force, and the energy of ballet, exploring the connections between the physicality of dancing and music. With guest artist Luis Vazquez as our ballet master, we have learned not just how to plié, but how to do so with grace, intentionality, and meaning. We have examined…

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April 2020

CMI Concert Day & EYSO Open House 3:30-7:00pm

April 19 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States
Free

Two events: CMI Concert Day EYSO Open House 3:30-7:00pm

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May 2020

EYSO Concerts – FOLKLORICO: Virtual at 6:45 PM

May 10 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Virtual Folklórico Concert May 10  Listen to Gary McNeil, WRMN, discussing the May 10th concert with Matthew Sheppard. Click here for the interview. EYSO has moved the scheduled Folklórico concerts to a virtual format. This will allow us to bring our 44th season to a close safely via a digital performance at 7 pm, Sunday May 10, featuring all of our EYSO ensembles. Members of our Chamber Music Institute will…

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