Andrew Grams returns to guest conduct the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in its performance of Korsakov’s epic Scheherazade, op.35.
Scheherazade musically tells the tale of the beautiful young storyteller who, in order to dissuade her jealous Sultan from marrying, and then killing, a new wife every day in revenge for infidelity by one of his wives, marries him herself and then regales the ruler with captivating tales for 1001 nights, his fascination with her stories preventing him from killing her until he finally relents. Based on the Middle Eastern collection of tales known as the One Thousand and One Nights, this powerful and evocative piece is, itself, an act of exquisite storytelling through music, and is not to be missed.
Longtime Music Director for the ESO Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts, ability to connect with audiences, and long-term orchestra building. He returns to the for two performances this weekend.
Also featured is guest artist Robert Everson on timpani, playing Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof Timpani Concerto.
Performances: Friday, May 20 at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 21 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $35 / $65 adults; $10 youth/students
Location: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
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