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The Elgin Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off 2020 With The Classics: Mozart and the Beatles

Pianist William Wolfram joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra to give audiences a glimpse into the brilliance of Mozart January 11th – 13th, with a special performance by conductor Andrew Grams from the concertmaster chair. Following Magnificent Mozart, world-class vocalists Jeans ‘n Classics join the ESO to perform the works of more current musical legends with Abbey Road: the Beatles on January 24th and 25th.

Magnificent Mozart

Friday, Jan. 10th @ 7:30 PM – Prairie Center For The Arts

Saturday, Jan. 11th @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, Jan. 12th @ 2:30 PM – Hemmens Cultural Center

The ESO’s Magnificent Mozart gives the audience a glimpse into the brilliance that was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. From an intimate piece that Mozart saved for himself and a small circle of music enthusiasts to his Symphony No. 40 with one of the most recognizable opening melodies, this performance will demonstrate true genius. In fact, they have a bit of genius of their own – Maestro Andrew Grams will lead the orchestra from the concertmaster chair and pianist William Wolfram will join the ESO for this celebration of Mozart.

William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. Wolfram has appeared with many of the greatest orchestras of the world and has developed a special reputation as the rare concerto soloist who is also equally versatile and adept as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. His concerto début with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was the first in a long succession of appearances and career relationships with numerous American orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony, the Dallas, Minnesota and Seattle Symphonies, among others.

Abbey Road: The Beatles

Friday, Jan. 24th @ 7:30 PM – Harris Theater For Music & Dance

Saturday, Jan. 25th @ 7:30 PM – Hemmens Cultural Center

This performance faithfully interprets the music of The Beatles, with the signature flair of world-class vocalists from Jeans N‘ Classics and the award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Featuring Grammy-Award winning vocalist David Blamires.

David Blamires was born in Yorkshire, England but grew up in London, Ontario, Canada. David got his start in music as a very busy session vocalist in Toronto, singing on thousands of jingles, album recordings, and soundtracks. As a member of the (U.S.-based) Pat Metheny Group from 1986-1997, he appeared on three Grammy Award-winning albums and performed for multitudes of fans all over the world. During this time he also recorded and released his own self-titled contemporary jazz album, “The David Blamires Group”, throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In 1997, David and his family moved from Toronto to Chicago, where he began working as a staff composer for a very successful music and audio production company. David writes and records music for TV and radio commercials, for clients such as American Airlines, Coors, Proctor & Gamble, McDonald’s, Kraft, and many more.

David performs regularly around the Chicago area, both as a solo artist and as a guest vocalist with “Tributosaurus”, a phenomenally successful tribute/cover band.

Jeans ‘n Classics is a group of rock musicians who understand orchestra culture and are committed to helping in the building of younger, loyal audiences for symphony orchestras across North America. Jeans ‘n Classics faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair. They provide lush, fully realized arrangements of rock and pop classics for rock band and symphony, and top-notch, easy-to-work-with performers, who know how to deliver a great rehearsal and live show experience with professionalism, humor, and finesse. Jeans ’n Classics works with over 100 orchestras in venues throughout North America and has created almost 1,000 original rock and pop orchestrations that are presented across 45 unique and exciting productions.

In their 70th Anniversary Season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra offers to program 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. 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. Visit ElginSymphony.Org to learn more about the ESO’s many activities in the community, read program notes, see the full season line up, make a donation and find out how to sponsor a program or series. “Like” the ESO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

*Discount Pricing available for Groups of 10 or more

To purchase tickets visit elginsymphony.org or call the ESO box office at 847-888-4000.

 

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