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ESO to Open 2018-19 Season with Music by Stravinsky, Debussy, Chopin and Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is set to open its exciting 2018-19 season with concerts September 15 & 16 featuring Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Debussy’s famous Clair de Lune, Chopin’s Grand Valse Brillante and Cello Concerto by modern composer Mason Bates, who is also a DJ, curator, and advocate for bringing new music to new spaces.  The concerto, an ESO premiere, will be performed by cellist Joshua Roman.  Bates wrote the piece specifically for the talented Mr. Roman: “The piece begins plaintively, with Josh floating over a restless orchestra, and the lyricism only expands in the central slow movement. But by the final movement the rhythmic energy wins the day, and at one point Josh even plays with a guitar pick. This is, after all, the same fellow who played arrangements of Led Zeppelin…, so I had to send him out with a bang.” For tickets, which start at just $30, call 847.888.4000 or visit ElginSymphony.Org.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has launched an online CrowdRise fundraising campaign at CrowdRise.com/eso-2018, to raise money for the 2018-19 season. Donations can also be made by texting “ESO18” to 41411. To keep the music accessible to all, ESO ticket prices cover only 35% of costs. The rest comes from the generous support of donors. Donations help the ESO produce spectacular live musical experiences, and promote music education and outreach. The award-winning ESO & acclaimed music director Andrew Grams provide electrifying live concerts to thousands each season featuring the region’s best musicians. The nationally-renowned ESO enhances the reputation of the area as an entertainment destination and great place to live and work. The ESO impacts the northwest suburbs in many ways through life-long learning, outreach and by partnering with schools, hospitals, business and service organizations. A 68-year-old cultural gem of the Fox Valley, the ESO also offers free programs, including open rehearsals, masterclasses, pop-up concerts, orchestra clinics and more. To learn more about donation options, including a monthly automatic debit program, call 847.888.4000 or see ElginSymphony.Org. 
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 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.  He has extended his contract with the ESO through 2021. To learn more about Andrew Grams, visit andrewgrams.com and https://www.instagram.com/andrewhgrams/.

Cellist Joshua Roman  has  earned  an  international  reputation  for  his  wide-ranging  repertoire,  a  commitment  to  communicating  the  essence  of  music  in  visionary  ways,  artistic  leadership  and  versatility.  As well as being a celebrated  performer,  he  is  recognized  as  an  accomplished  composer  and  curator,  and  was  named  a  TED  Senior  Fellow  in  2015. Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, New World Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, among many others A native of Oklahoma City, Roman began playing the cello at the age of three on a quarter-size instrument, and gave his first public recital at age ten. Home-schooled until he was 16, he then pursued his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Aaron. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance in 2004, and his Master’s in 2005, as a student of Desmond Hoebig, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. JoshuaRoman.com

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Now in its 68th season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO’s won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year a record-setting four times – in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016! We at the ESO strive to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the country. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. The festive concert event often features musicians performing 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 most performances. Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to meet Andrew Grams, guest artists and ESO musicians at Mingle with the Musicians, held at area restaurants.  Music historian Jim Kendros offers free Listeners Club discussions the Wednesday before ESO Classics Series concert weekends at Greenfields of Geneva and the Gail Borden Public Library. Flex passes are available for choosing concerts at a later date, and 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 presenting quality musical explorations of some of the greatest music ever written, conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. The ESO-Transforming the Symphony Experience. ElginSymphony.Org.


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