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Desiree Ruhstrat highlights American Romantics concert

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The Evanston Symphony Orchestra continues its 69th season – titled Romanticism Endures, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston conducted by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling on Sunday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m.

The program, titled “American Romantics” will feature local favorite Desiree Ruhstrat as soloist in two works for violin and orchestra: Samuel Barber’s popular Violin Concerto and Arvo Pärt’s hypnotic Fratres.

The concert will conclude with the quintessential American Romantic work, Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”, and will open with Aaron Copland’s colorful ElSalón México.

The Romanticism Endures season features works of both the 19th and 20th centuries that exemplify the continuing appeal of Romanticism to both composers and audiences.

Because the Feb. 1 “German Favorites” concert will now be performed on May 31, discounted mid-season subscriptions remain available at $80 for adults, $70 for seniors (62 and over), $15 for full-time students and FREE for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Single tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children. Order forms, additional information and single tickets are available on-line at evanstonsymphony.org or by calling 847-864-8804.

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

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