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ESO Musicians Highlighted in Telemann’s Concerto for Two Horns & Two Violins March 23 & 24

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is collecting books for Bernie’s Book Bank at March concerts.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) musicians Greg Flint, principal horn, Steven Replogle, horn, Isabella Lippi, concertmaster and Daniela Folker, principal violin II are showcased in the ESO premiere of George Phillip Telemann’s majestic Concerto for Two Horns and Two Violins on concerts led by Music Director Andrew Grams March 23 and 24 at Hemmens Cultural Center. Telemann, a contemporary and friend of J.S. Bach and George Handel, is considered one of the most prolific composers of all time, having written over 3000 works. He was almost entirely self-taught, and played flute, oboe, violin, recorder, double bass and other instruments. His mother and her family forbade any type of musical activities, yet he became a popular composer and musician during his lifetime. Also included on the concerts are Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, No. 41. Free ESO Listeners Clubs will be held Wednesday, March 20 that discuss the upcoming concert program. Led by music lecturer, composer, and radio personality Jim Kendros, Listeners Clubs are free lecture/discussions that take place the Wednesday before ESO Classics Series concert weekends at Greenfields of Geneva, 11:00 am, and the Gail Borden Public Library at 1:00 pm. Saturday concertgoers are invited after the performance to Mingle with the Musicians at Bennigan’s Elgin. The concerts are sponsored by Bev Hoffman, Elgin State Bank, Quarles & Brady LLP, Rödl & Partner and Wintrust Wealth Management. Season Sponsors are John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. and Otto Engineering, Inc. Tickets start at $30. Student tickets are $11. Valet or free parking. For more information, visit ElginSymphony.Org or 847-888-4000.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is collecting books for Bernie’s Book Bank at all March concerts. Please help us collect 500 books! The ESO is celebrating National Reading Month by holding a book drive to benefit Bernie’s Book Bank. During our March 2-3 concerts with guest artist Jason Vieaux and guest conductor Teddy Abrams, and March 22-24 concerts with ESO Music Director Andrew Hilary Grams, patrons are able to donate new or gently used children’s books (for ages birth to sixth grade), which will be distributed to low-income children in the Chicagoland area. No textbooks, dictionaries, activity books, coloring books, reference material, religious books or foreign language books (dual language is ok) will be accepted. Learn more at berniesbookbank.org

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented four times* – in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016 – and works to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. Area student musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts and patrons can purchase unique, music-themed gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Pre-concert chats are given by Music Director Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before Classics Series performances and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at area restaurants. In addition, free Listeners Club lecture/discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered before ESO Classics Series concert weekends on Wednesdays at 11 am at GreenFields of Geneva and 1 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library. Patrons can curate their own series with a Build your Own Series. If a patron can’t make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a small fee. The ESO is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. The ESO-Transforming the Symphony Experience. For more information, visit ElginSymphony.Org. *Illinois Council of Orchestras

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