Russian favorites – and a gifted young violinist – highlight the concert of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 5, at Pick-Staiger concert hall in Evanston at 2:30 p.m.

The concert features three pieces from the Russian symphonic repertoire – Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D Minor and the Symphony No. 1 in F Minor by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Conducted by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, the orchestra will feature virtuoso violinist Bella Hristova who will perform the Khachaturian Concerto.

Hristova was the First Prize Winner in the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and has won many other awards around the world. She has studied and performed frequently with Jaime Laredo, including an acclaimed concert in New York in December. A native of Bulgaria, she now resides in Philadelphia.

Tickets priced at $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, $5 for students, subject to availability, with a student ID and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult, are available online or by calling 847-864-8804. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office on the day of the concert at $30 for adults and $25 for seniors, with the prices for student and child tickets unchanged.

Founded in 1945, the Evanston Symphony was the Illinois Council of Orchestra’s “Orchestra of the Year” for 2010.

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