The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will present its second free Young Persons’ concert on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at the Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave.
This one-hour concert is the ideal introductory orchestral concert for children 5–13 years, although music lovers of all ages are welcome.
Maestro Lawrence Eckerling, along with narrator Charles Taylor, will explore the many musical colors of the instruments in a symphony orchestra by performing A Colorful Symphony by Robert Xavier Rodríguez.
This 20- minute work is based on a chapter from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and ranks with Peter and the Wolf and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra for providing enjoyment to children, parents, and grandparents.
Evanston School District 65 is joining with the ESO for the concert. More than 100 middle school students will play alongside Evanston Symphony Orchestra musicians on the final two pieces of the concert, selections from Badelt’s Pirates of the Caribbean and the “Farandole” from Bizet’s L’Arlésienne.
The concert will be rounded out with the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets featuring Don Cagen and Charles Russell Roberts, plus the “Imperial March” from John Williams’ Star Wars, and the finale of Rossini’s William Tell Overture.
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to have our students work with Evanston Symphony Orchestra again this year,” says Christine Huber, director of the orchestra program at Nichols, Dewey, Lincoln and Washington schools. “I feel that this is an important step toward decreasing the attrition of low-income and minority students from middle school to high school. The concert provides students with a taste of what they are capable of early in their instrumental music experience.”
Evanston Symphony board member, violinist and ESO-D65 liaison, Alexis Eyler reports, “With the funds raised last year, new bows have been provided, repairs have been made to instruments that would have exhausted the teachers’ allotted district funds and supplies including rock stops, strings, shoulder rests and rosin have been purchased, making it possible for more students to participate.”
The Evanston Symphony will be accepting donations at this concert to support District 65’s orchestra program with quality scholarship instrument rental and repair. In addition, ESO is offering to print ‘tweet-length’ messages of up to 140 characters in the concert program for a donation of $25 or more. For more information on the concert, or to make a donation, go to evanstonsymphony.org.
Founded in 1945, the Evanston Symphony was the Illinois Council of Orchestra’s “Orchestra of the Year” in 2017. The ESO’s mission is to provide community members of all ages with convenient, affordable opportunities to perform and hear fine classical music from locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists.