Student musicians in three bands, two orchestras, and several vocal ensembles celebrate the season at Evanston Township High School’s annual Winter Music Festival.

The concert, free and open to the public, will be presented Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. In addition, the auditorium gallery features an art exhibit called “Identity” by ETHS visual arts students.

Orchestral highlights include Gustav Holst’s "St. Paul’s Suite," played by the ETHS String Orchestra. The ETHS Symphony Orchestra will offer Rimski-Korsakov's "Russian Easter Overture" and Bach’s "Double Violin Concerto in D Minor."

Guest artist and Evanston resident Allison Downing will accompany the Bach concerto by playing the violin II part and simultaneously singing the violin I part. Charles Abplanalp, ETHS Orchestra Director, will conduct.

The varied band repertoire includes works played by the Freshman Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Wind Symphony. Band performances include marches by Holst and Samuel Barber, dances by Richard Saucedo and Ron Nelson, and other engaging works by Puccini, Andrew Boyson, Alberto Ginastera, Robert Jager, and Eric Ewazen. ETHS Co-Director of Bands Matthew Bufis will conduct the three bands.

Mary Theresa Reed, ETHS Choral Director, will lead the choirs and ensembles in a variety of vocal music from different genres.


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...