The Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s 68th season – titled Celebrate Evanston! in honor of the city’s sesquicentennial — features four subscription concerts at Northwestern’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

All concerts, conducted by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, are on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.

The season opens Nov. 10 with a program titled Evanston 150 and featuring the world premiere of Evanston Fanfare, composed for the ESO brass section by Mark Gresham. The program also includes Ravel’s Bolero, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with duo-pianists Kyle and Ryan Jannak-Huang and narrator Toni-Marie Montgomery.

Pianist Gleb Ivanov  will make his local debut in Liszt’s Totentanz on March 16, part of the Hungarian Connection program, which also includes Bartók’s Dance Suite and Sibelius’ Second Symphony.

The Three ‘B’s program on May 4 features Evanston born Sang Mee Lee in the First Violin Concerto of Bruch, as well as the Overture to The School for Scandal by Barber and the Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” by Beethoven.

Verdi’s monumental Requiem will end the season on June 15, and features the North Shore Choral Society, Julia Davids Music Director, and vocal soloists Sarah Hibbard, Stacy Eckert, Eric Ashcraft, and Aaron Stegemöller.

Season subscriptions for the four concerts are now available at $96 for adults, $80 for seniors (62 and over), $20 for full-time students and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.

Order forms and additional information are available online or by calling 847.864.8804. Online sales for single tickets start Aug. 1.

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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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