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Violinist Adele Anthony to Lead Free Masterclass with Area Students at Gail Borden Public Library

Adele Anthony, violin, will present a free masterclass on Saturday, November 2 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library. The event, sponsored by S.E. Ainsworth & Family, and a project of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and the Gail Borden Public Library, is free and open to the public. Musicians participating in the class are violinists Stella Childs, performing Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Adagio by J.S. Bach; Ella Saptura, playing Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Movement 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns and Annaliesa Caswell, performing Concerto No. 1, Movement 1 by Niccolo Paganini. The masterclass is part of educational programming offered by the ESO during the Classic Series concert weeks. On Wednesday, October 30th at 11 am at Greenfields of Geneva, and 1 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library, and Thursday, October 31st at 2 pm at Barrington Area Library, music lecturer and composer Jim Kendros will discuss the ESO’s upcoming concert Bolero: Chabrier, Edwards & Ravel during the free Listeners Club events. Music Director Andrew Grams will give a pre-concert chat before the Nov 2 & 3 concert that feature Chabrier’s España, Edwards’ Maninyas Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Mother Goose ballet and Ravel’s Bolero. All part of the ESO’s goal to enrich, enlighten and entertain.

Bolero! concert tickets start at $35. Valet or free parking. Visit ElginSymphony.Org or call 847-888-4000. The ESO’s mission is to serve and engage a broad audience through the performance of powerful symphonic music and dynamic educational programs while developing strong community relationships. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra offers several free masterclasses and Listeners Clubs a year. For more information about the ESO’s educational programs, visit ElginSymphony.Org.

Stella Childs is 20 years old and a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been playing violin since age 9 and is currently studying violin performance with Meg Freivogel McDonough (Jupiter String Quartet) and Spanish. Stella is a member of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Donald Schleicher, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stephen Alltop. She earned an Honorable Mention in the Smith Competition at the School of Music in Spring 2019. Most recently Stella was awarded the Susan Starrett Scholarship in Violin, for promising violin majors, and the Chip Davis – Mannheim Steamroller Orchestra Award, for a high-achieving representative of the UISO. Stella was a member of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) for nine seasons. In 2018, she won the Young Artist Concerto Competition, and she is proud to have been a member of both of the EYSO’s Honors String Chamber Ensembles: the Hanson String Quartet (2015-16) and the Maud Powell String Quartet (2016-18).

Ella Saptura is a freshman at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates IL, currently studies with Desiree Ruhstrat. She began her musical studies at the age of four on violin and more recently added viola as her second instrument.  Ella is also a fellow of Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative cohort, a program that supports under-represented ethnic groups in classical music. Ella has received top prizes and awards from Sejong Music Competition, Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, the Society of American Musicians, Walgreens Concerto Competition, Great Composer Competition Series, as well as DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers. An enthusiastic orchestral musician, Ella is a member of Midwest Young Artist Conservatory (MYAC) and the recipient of Rami Solomonov MYAC merit scholarship.  She performs with MYAC Symphony orchestra and has served as the co-concertmaster of the Concert orchestra. Her summer studies have included HeifetzPEG and Philadelphia International Music Festival where she has worked with Bela Horvath, Kimberly Fisher, and Marc Rovetti, among others. Ella made her solo orchestral debut in violin with the MYAC Concert Orchestra as the overall winner of the MYAC junior division of 2017 Walgreens Concerto Competition. In March 2018, she made her solo orchestral debut in viola with Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago as one of the winners of the junior division of DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers.

Annaliesa Caswell lives in the beautiful hills of Northwestern Illinois with her parents and five of her siblings. She is studying music through Valley City State University as well as taking violin lessons from Rachel Handlin and working part time at an insurance agency. In her spare time, she has lots of fun playing sports with her siblings, crafting, and organizing things.

Adele Anthony was born in Singapore as the daughter of Alphonse Jivaras Anthony, the founding concertmaster of the SSO. She began to play the violin at the age of two and a half when the family settled in Tasmania. She subsequently attended Dernancourt Primary School, South Australia, and studied violin in Adelaide with Lyndall Hendrickson and Beryl Kimber. In her high school years, she attended Saint Ignatius’ College Athelstone. At age 13, in 1984, Anthony was the youngest winner of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, (now known as the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards), performing the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She was later the winner of the 1996 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition. She subsequently studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York for eight years. Her recordings include Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (1999/2000 on Naxos Records), Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa with Gil Shaham, Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (on Deutsche Grammophon) and Ross Edwards’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Maninyas / Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D minor with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arvo Volmer (Canary Classics CC09). She is married to violinist Gil Shaham. They have three children.

Jim Kendros’ goal is to make each presentation exciting, educational and entertaining. As a well-known public speaker in the Chicagoland area, he has lectured for corporations, community centers, libraries, senior facilities, and groups of all kinds. In addition to leading the ESO Listeners Club, Mr. Kendros is the Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Lake Forest Symphony and the Northbrook Symphony. He is also a composer and performer on piano and rare period instruments. He also played guitar in a rock band many years ago. For more information, visit jimkendrosmusic.com.

In our70th Anniversary Season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra 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. 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 our 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.

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