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98.7 WFMT to Air ESO Performance of Copland’s Our Town and an excerpt of Stephenson’s Violin Concerto

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98.7 WFMT to Air ESO Performance of Copland’s Our Town and an excerpt of Stephenson’s Violin Concerto

Friday, February 9 in the Noon Hour

98.7 WFMT will broadcast the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s (ESO) November 2017 performance of Copland’s Our Town and the final movement of James M. Stephenson’s Violin Concerto, led by Music Director Andrew Grams and featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi, during the noon hour on Friday, February 9 on Middays with Lisa Flynn.  The program airs weekdays from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras an unprecedented four times, and will perform the Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria Feb 10 & 11.  For tickets and to learn more about the ESO, visit ElginSymphony.Org.

Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases on Sunday mornings and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Flynn hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Flynn presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida.

WFMT is a premier public media organization committed to creating and presenting unique radio and digital media content. WFMT is dedicated to bringing Chicago and the world together and invites the audience to explore classical and fine arts music. The radio station celebrate innovation, community engagement, and life-long learning. WFMT embrace’s the power of public service to make lives richer and our region stronger.

Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire. As the Chicago Tribune noted, "violinist Jennifer Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities."  Equally at home in the classic and contemporary repertoire, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg.  She has also had the privilege of premiering several new works composed for her by prominent composers of today. Born in Pasadena, California, Ms. Frautschi began the violin at age three. She was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She also attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the "ex-Cadiz," on generous loan to her from a private American foundation. 

Andrew Grams became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in June 2013 after an international search. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, he holds degrees in violin performance and conducting and has already appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world.  Grams was a protégé of Franz Welser-Möst and served as assistant conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra for three years. Named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, his charismatic conducting and easy accessibility have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences.  His contract runs through the 2020-21 ESO season.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 67th season, offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. Known for their high-quality performances, ESO musicians represent some of the most talented musical artists in the region. In addition to magnificent music, patrons can also enjoy a drink, spend time with friends and even shop at the Symphony League Boutique in the lobby of the Hemmens Cultural Center. From start to finish, the ESO brings world class, big city entertainment without the hassles of the big city. For more information, visit ElginSymphony.Org.

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