Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) will present Water on Sunday, March 11, with performances at 2:00, 4:30, and 7:30 pm. in the ECC Arts Center Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
“Water’s power – for life, and for death — has been pondered by poets, philosophers, and artists since the ancient Greeks, and it continues to fascinate,” said Artistic Director Randal Swiggum. “Why is our relationship with water so profound, so mysterious, so elemental? Is it water’s mystical shape-shifting property? Or a deep sense that we ourselves are fashioned from this elemental stuff?”
The 2 p.m. concert features EYSO’s Prelude and Sinfonia Orchestras performing works by a range of composers including Handel and Vaughan Williams.
Guests at the 4:30 p.m. concert will be treated to performances by the Brass Choir, Sinfonia & Philharmonia Percussion Ensemble, Primo Intermezzo, Philharmonia and Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra. Philharmonia will perform the world premiere of Alongside for the Fourth Part of the Living Water by EYSO alumnus and composer in residence, Ethan T. Parcell, The piece combines a sense of patience and free-flowing unpredictability, beginning with a restrained sense of movement, which gives way to a floating series of soft-edged episodes in which all the players play with relative rhythmic freedom.
At 7:30 p.m., the Youth Symphony program includes Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, and Dvorak’s epic symphonic poem, The Water Goblin. EYSO alumnus Megan Healy appears as violin soloist in Tears of Sakura by Yannick Paget. Other highlights include pieces by the Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble as well as EYSO’s Young Artists Concerto 2017-18 winner, Trudie Childs, playing the Kabalevsky Cello Concerto. And EYSO’s premier honors ensemble, the Maud Powell String Quartet, will perform the finale of Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1.
EYSO will also present its 2018 Music Educators of the Year Award to Michael Kasper and Beth Wood of Carpentersville Middle School at each performance, including a special reception in the theatre lobby between 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Each season EYSO students explore a thematic curriculum. This year’s theme is Elemental: What Nature Tells Us About the Orchestra. Water is the second in a series of four concerts that grow from that theme, preceded by Earth in November 2017 and followed by Air in April, and Fire at the season finale in May.
For tickets call (847) 622-0300 or go to tickets.elgin.edu.