Monday, December 05, 2011

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

'Tis The Season

Saturday, December 10 (3:30pm) & (8:00pm) and Sunday, December 11 (3:30pm), 2011 Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin

Stephen Squires , conductor | Elizabeth Norman, vocalist | Rich Ridenour, piano | Elgin Children’s Chorus | Choral-Aires (Saturday)

In today's world of cheap imitations and pre-canned offerings, it is no surprise that we yearn to experience "the real thing" during the holidays. ESO's "'Tis the Season" holiday concerts fulfill your need to connect with the beauty of this special time of year through time-tested favorites. This year's holiday program features the upliWing voices of the Elgin Children's Chorus, Rich Ridenour on piano, and Chicago-based soprano Elizabeth Norman. Bring your friends and loved ones for a beautifully musical celebration of season.

Single tickets: $20- $66
Not eligible for Build Your Own Series.
Not eligible for exchanges to/from other series.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sonata Rhapsody "The Arch"
by James Stephenson

Performed by Bass Trombonist
Gerry Pagano

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Release
Albany Records

Florence Price: Concerto in One Movement

I have just updated my discography to reflect next week's release of Florence Price's Concerto in One Movement and Symphony in E Minor by the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.  You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking here.  

Friday, November 18, 2011

Elgin Symphony Orchestra
broadway romance

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Broadway Romance: 
A Love Story for Symphonic Pops
November 18-20 

Carl Topilow, conductor
Liz Larsen, vocalist
Sal Viviano, vocalist

There's nothing like a good love song to make you feel alive! Broadway stars Liz Larsen and Sal Viviano light up the concert hall with their renditions of Broadway's greatest odes to the heart. Conductor Carl Topilow returns to the ESO with another innovative and interactive concert. 
Concert Details
Friday, November 18, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 19, 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 20, 3:30 p.m.

All concerts take place at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Free and ample parking is available just footsteps away from the Hemmens.

You are invited to use our valet service for $10. Quantity discounts are available for valet vouchers purchased in advance. 
Great seats begin at just $25!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mark Fry Master Class 


Texas Tech University
November 15th, 2011

The class will cover bass trombone techniques and being a successful freelance musician in a major US market.  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ars Viva
Sunday, November 13, 2011

Four Great Romantic Nationalists

DISCOVER the romantic heights and depths of four favorite works: the dreamily atmospheric children’s prayer of Humperdinck, the fiendishly gleeful Liszt waltz, the broadly majestic Wagner overture and the vividly nationalistic first symphony of Sibelius. Captivating!
Sunday, November 13
3:00 p.m. 
Humperdinck: Overture to Hansel and GretelWagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1
To order please call the box office:
847 673-6300 
or go online: CLICK HERE

All concerts are held at the
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL 60077
Ample FREE parking and many fine area restaurants
Concerts are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council and the
Skokie Fine Arts Commission

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ars Viva Concert this Sunday

Amit Peled

An English Landscape with Amit Peled

Ars Viva presents the sensationally gifted Israeli cellist Amit Peled in the ravishing concerto by Elgar, along with the Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 and Britten'sSimple Symphony. Don't miss this glorious music from England's most illustrious composers, demonstrating their remarkable gifts for combining sensuous melodies with brilliant orchestral color.
Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. 
Maestro Alan Heatherington leads the acclaimed Ars Viva orchestra in this irresistible program of great English music.
Britten: Simple Symphony
Elgar: Cello Concerto in e minor
Vaughan Williams: Sym. No. 5
To order please call the box office:
847 673-6300 
or go online: CLICK HERE
All concerts are held at the beautiful North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, Illinois
Ample FREE parking and many fine area restaurants.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Northwest Indiana Symphony

Narrator - Pastor Steve DeWitt, Bethel Church

Friday, October 21, 2011
6:30 pm pre-concert lecture
7:30 pm Concert
(On Broadway, south of US 30 in Crown Point)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Procession of the Nobles

PROKOVIEV              Peter and the Wolf
PROKOVIEV              Symphony No. 5 

GLIERE                    Russian Sailors' Dance

Box Office: 219/836.0525 x200 


In this all-Russian concert, follow in suspense as a young boy named Peter saves his friends from a menacing wolf, and rejoice as foreign sailors come to the aid of an over-worked laborer. Prokoviev’s resounding Symphony No. 5 will leave you breathless.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lake Forest Symphony this Friday and Saturday
Oct. 14th and 15th, 2011 at 8pm

Beethoven Symphony Fest

In celebration of nature and dedicated to the conservancy organizations in Lake County


Symphony No. 6 in F (“Pastorale”)


Symphony No. 5 in c minor

Friday and Saturday
October 14 & 15, 2011
8:00 pm
The James Lumber Center
for the Performing Arts in Grayslake
more info and directions…
Pre-Concert Talk at 7:00 pm
For tickets, call 847.295.213

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Randy Hawes at Northwestern U.

Les Arches et l’Architecture – Oct 11, 2011 – 7:30 pm –Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, Evantson IL
Randall Hawes, bass trombone; Gail Williams, horn; Kathryn Goodson, piano
Bienen School faculty members Gail Williams and Randall Hawes present a recital with guest artist and frequent collaborator Kathryn Goodson. Their program includes arrangements of French repertoireby Duparc, Bizet, and Offenbach; James M. Stephenson’s Sonata Rhapsody “The Arch”; and the world premiere of David Biedenbender’s Liquid Architecture, dedicated to Hawes and Goodson.
Gabriel Fauré, Trois mélodies
Henri Duparc, Quatre mélodies
James M. Stephenson, Sonata Rhapsody “The Arch”
David Biedenbender, Liquid Architecture
Emmanuel Chabrier, Larghetto por cor et orchestre
Jacques Offenbach / Henri Duparc / Georges Bizet, Trois mélodies pour deux voix
Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students.
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Friday, September 30, 2011

New Philharmonic - Joy! Beethoven

Friday, September 30, 2011 starting at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
ALSO APPEARING: Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. McAninch Arts Center, Mainstage. Soloists:Michelle Areyzaga, Denise Gamez, Jon Sumners and Corey Crider. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MAC and New Philharmonic’s 35th season we give you pure joy . . . Beethoven’s Ninth! More than 200 musicians on stage perform Beethoven’s last and most influential symphony considered one of the greatest compositions ever written.Works include "Egmont: Overture" and "Symphony no. 9, op. 125, D minor." Tickets: $38 adult/36 senior/28 youth. For more information, call the MAC Ticket Office, (630) 942-4000, or purchase tickets online.

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Tickets to events on sale Aug. 10.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Meet Mr. Roberts
on CD at Last!

I am still hanging onto my vinyl record of Meet Mr. Roberts in all of it's cheesy glory!  It's a product of it's time...solo bass trombone "elevator music."  George Roberts and Edward Kleinhammer are both largely responsible for the development of the modern bass trombone sound.  This is the "source"...the well where all bass trombonists draw their water from.  It is where you must begin if you are to understand what the bass trombone is supposed to sound like...effortless, beautiful and lyrical.  Yes, the bass trombone is a wonderful and uniquely melodic instrument.  We are all in your debt Mr. Roberts!

For those of you who don't already have this in your collection, you can grab a copy at Amazon by clicking on the album cover below...

Illinois IMEA Audition Advice
Jeremy Moeller

Jeremy Moeller, Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Northern Illinois University Demonstrating the Proper Performance Practices for the IMEA 2011-2012 Audition Material from H. Voxman's "Selected Studies for Trombone".

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hershey Felder's "Aliyah" Concerto
Ars Viva is thrilled to have Hershey Felder performing his own composition on our opening concerts September 25 and 26. Below are his own words in describing this poignant concerto."The meaning of the Hebrew word ALIYAH is "to rise up," and given that Jerusalem to the worldwide Jewish Diaspora is considered the highest point in the world, anyone who moves to make their lives in Israel is said to make ALIYAH.

From a musical standpoint, one of the techniques employed in the composition of this work for piano and orchestra is the sudden and deliberate use of rising keys at specific moments. From the beginning of the work - a suggestion of a musical anagram for the letters H-I-T-L-E-R coupled with the flavor of an Eastern European Jew, the musical trajectory takes us through the beginnings of WW II with hints ofCrystalnacht (The Night of Broken Glass), with a first movement entitled 1939; through the devastation, destruction and mourning with but only a memory of what was - 1945; up through the creation of the State of Israel, a direct result of the War in Europe, 1948.

It is the intention of ALIYAH to paint a picture of the time using familiar thematic material, where from the ashes, the State of Israel was born."

Hershey Felder is known to audiences worldwide for his acclaimed theatrical productions George Gershwin AloneMonsieur ChopinBeethoven As I Knew Him and Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein. Combining his abilities as an actor and concert pianist, he has appeared in these works as well as in solo concerts in more than 4,000 performances worldwide.
Stanley Black's "Music of a People"
Solomon Schwartz (aka Stanley Black)
(1913 - 2002)
Solomon Schwartz (aka Stanley Black)
(1913 - 2002)
Ars Viva will be joined by members of the Chicago Master Singers and Kol Zimrah

Drawn from the spectacular London recordings, these brilliant and beloved orchestrations by Stanley Black of favorite Jewish melodies have never before been heard in the US in live performances: Havah Nagilah; Yes, My Darling Daughter; And the Angels Sing; Hebrew Melody; A letter to my Mother; Raisins and Almonds; Eili, Eili; Tzena Tzena; Freylach and Finale.

The following notes were written by Mr. Black for the original Decca recordings:

Historians and sociologists have for long debated whether the Jews are a nation, a race, or a religious group, and I suppose the correct answer is that they are a unique mixture of all three. But whatever they are ethnically, the Jews are a people whose 3000 years of historical background has been largely nomadic. Their culture and music stem from many sources and mirror the diverse environments of their migrations. Thus, although their music is basically semitic-oriental, there are also overtones of Russia and Poland; echoes of Rumania, Spain and Morocco; reflections of the Yemen and the Negev.

In choosing these melodies, I feel I have selected those which are not only the most familiar in the rich heritage of Jewish music, but also those which reflect the widest cross section of Jewish life. For the scoring of these melodies I utilized a very large orchestra and choir, not because I wanted an overpowering weight of sound per se, but because the kind of arrangements I had in mind required the most varied possible palette of orchestral and vocal color.

I have tried to reflect many things in these scores: not only the memory of a centuries-old struggle for existence, but also the comparatively recently acquired dignity of recognition as a nation; not only the evocative nostalgia of a fable related by a grandparent or a story read in the Bible, but also the joys and sorrows of the present day, felt as part of humanity rather than as an isolated group. I have tried to reflect the roots— roots old and new, whether in a Russian village or in a Polish ghetto; in the East End of London or the Lower East Side of New York; in the simplicity of a desert settlement or the sophistication of the great urban centers of the world. I have tried to reflect the characteristic traits— the inherent melancholy, the irrepressible gaiety, the resigned fatalism; the humor and warmth of the family circle; the instinctive respect for the Patriarch whether he be religious teacher or head of the family; and the unselfconscious love of the Matriarch who will ever be, simply, "Mamma." I have tried to echo the love of traditional ceremony both sacred and secular, the love of music, the love of dancing, the love of living.

It could be argued that these traits could also apply, in varying degrees, to all people, and I suppose they can. The Jews, after all, are only one segment of the much larger family of world humanity, and if this album is indeed "Music of a People," it is also music for all people.

— Stanley Black

Buy your tickets TODAY!

Single tickets are selling fast.
Don't wait to get your tickets to this rare look at a theater icon as both composer and concert pianist and the US Premiere of the wonderful Stanley Black arrangements. 

Sunday, September 25
3:00 p.m.
**Due to anticipated demand a second performance has been added:

Monday, September 26
7:30 p.m.

To order please call the box office: 847 673-6300 or go online: CLICK HERE
All concerts are held at the beautiful North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, Illinois

Ample FREE parking and many fine area restaurant.

These concerts are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council and the
Skokie Fine Arts Commission
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