Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Nutcracker | Joffrey Ballet

The Nutcracker

December 6-28, 2013

Collaboration conceived and directed: Robert Joffrey 
Music: Peter llyich Tchaikovsky

Don’t miss Chicago's most beloved holiday tradition: America’s #1 Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by a full orchestra; this is an evening of pure enchantment.
“A theatrical event of irresistible power!” - Washington Post

“…majestic and intoxicating” - Chicago Tribune
Single Tickets and Subscriptions available now!

Remembering Edward Kleinhammer | from the archives

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mark Fry's Fall Performance Schedule

Chicago Philharmonic at the Ravinia Festival

by John Adams

Saturday, September 07, 2013
7:30 PM
Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra
Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grant Gershon, Conductor
Kelley O’Connor, Mezzo-soprano
Tamara Mumford, Mezzo-soprano
Russell Thomas, Tenor
Daniel Bubeck, Countertenor
Brian Cummings, Countertenor
Nathan Medley, Countertenor

Reserved $50/$25
Lawn $10

Gates open at 5:00 PM

Joffrey Ballet

Russian Masters

September 19-22, 2013

4 Performances Only!

Allegro Brillante

Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Peter llyich Tchaikovsky

Balanchine said this piece “contains everything I know about ballet in thirteen minutes.” Celebrating Russian romanticism and the beauty of pure dance, this fast paced dazzler is imbued with joy from start to finish.



Choreography: Yuri Possokhov
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff

Designed as a meditation on the nature of relationships, Bellsexemplifies Possokhov’s ability to blend traditional classicism with modern intensity to create a riveting piece of contemporary ballet. This was the first commission by Yuri Possokhov for The Joffrey Ballet.


Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Choreography: Vaslav Nijinsky
Music: Igor Stravinsky

The villagers search for the chosen one in this story of ancient pagan rituals. Causing audiences to riot when it was first staged, Sacre stands as one of the most magnificent musical and dance masterpieces of all time.


Choreography: Yuri Possokhov
Music: Aram Khachaturian from Spartacus

Ticket Information
Subscriptions and single tickets available now!

Performance run time: 2 hours, 13 minutes

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Opening Night: Gershwin & Mahler

Andrew Grams, Music Director & conductor 
Terrence Wilson, piano 

Gershwin Second Rhapsody 
Gershwin "I Got Rhythm" Variations
Mahler Symphony No. 1 "Titan"

Saturday, October 5, 2013; 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, October 6, 2013; 2:30 p.m. 
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin 

It’s the grand opening of the ESO’s 2013-2014 season, complete with black-tie optional attire on Saturday, October 5th! Gershwin’s light and playful Second Rhapsody, performed by pianist Terrance Wilson, and his “I Got Rhythm” Variations begin the concert with crisp and refreshing rhythms, much like a glass of white wine. Then you move to a full-bodied red wine, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan.” The “Titan” performance will excite your musical palate as it takes you on an emotional journey with an intense finish.

Joffrey Ballet

La Bayadere

October 16-27, 2013

Choreography: Stanton Welch
Music:  Ludwig Minkus arranged by John Lanchbery
Set in India, La Bayadere is the story of a temple dancer, her lover and the vengeance that separates them. This sexy and spectacular ballet has live snakes, gorgeous costumes and sets, a passionate love triangle and breathtaking dancing. Truly one of the greatest 19th century ballets.

Joffrey Premiere

“Love is the gateway to eternity. It confronts all notions of time: effacing all memory of our beginnings and all fear of our endings.”
- Indian Proverb

Ticket Information
Subscriptions available now!
Single tickets on sale August 1.
Performance run time: 2 hours, 22 minutes.


WEDOct 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
FRIOct 18, 2013 - 7:30pm
SATOct 19, 2013 - 2:00pm
SATOct 19, 2013 - 7:30pm
SUNOct 20, 2013 - 2:00pm
THUOct 24, 2013 - 7:30pm
FRIOct 25, 2013 - 7:30pm
SATOct 26, 2013 - 2:00pm
SATOct 26, 2013 - 7:30pm
SUNOct 27, 2013 - 2:00pm
Lake Forest Symphony

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Saturday, November 2 - 2013  8:00 PMPre-concert talk - 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 3
 - 2013  2:00 PM
Pre-concert talk - 1:00 PM
WagnerOverture to Tannhäuser
J. Stephenson
Celestial Suite
Gustav Holst
The Planets

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Andrew Grams, Music Director & conductor 
Isabella Lippi, violin 

Adams The Chairman Dances
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C minor

Saturday, November 9, 2013; 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, November 10, 2013; 2: 30 p.m. 
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin 

Impassioned. Seductive. Joyful. Violinist Isabella Lippi, ESO’s own Concertmaster and audience favorite, performs Sibelius’ passionate and emotional Violin Concerto in D minor John Adams’ The Chairman Dances, is a seductive and irresistible dance between lovers. Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” Symphony’s infectious rhythms will leave you breathless. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Elgin Chamber Players
at Side Street Studio Arts

Fanfare for Bima (1947) - Leonard Bernstein

Duos for Flutes, Op. 34 - Robert Muczynski

In Caritas Domini (2002) - Richard Proulx

Sonata for “Euphonium and Tuba” - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone - Francis Poulenc

Diversions - Philip Glass

Brass Quartet No. 3 (opus 30) - Wilhelm Ramsøe

Friday, June 28, 2013

ESO on WFMT Tonight

You can hear me playing the bass trombone solos on Nielsen's Flute Concerto!

Tune in to 98.7 WFMT tonight at 8:00pm to hear the Elgin Symphony Orchestra! José Luis Gomez, conductor; Amy Porter, flute--Haydn: Symphony #88 in G. Nielsen: Flute Concerto. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F, Op 68, "Pastoral."

Michael Mulcahy Recital - Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 3pm

Sunday, June 30, 3 p.m.

Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio, piano

Chicago Symphony Orchestra trombonist and principal trombone of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Mulcahy has served as principal trombone of the Cologne Radio, Melbourne, and Tasmanian Symphonies. He is also a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass and is active as a soloist, teacher, lecturer, and clinician throughout the world. 

Buxton Orr, Concerto for Trombone
George Butterworth, Six Songs from a Shropshire Lad
Edward Elgar, Romance, Op. 62
Ray Steadman-Allen, The Eternal Quest 

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Northwestern University
50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Andrew Grams picked to lead Elgin Symphony Orchestra | Planit Life

Andrew Grams picked to lead Elgin Symphony Orchestra


Andrew Grams was just selected to lead Elgin Symphony Orchestra. (Photo provided)
After a two-year vetting process for a new music director, Elgin Symphony Orchestra just announced the selection of Andrew Grams.
The ESO calls Grams one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors. A protégé of Franz Welser-Moest, he served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2004 to 2007.

A native of Maryland, Grams received a bachelor of music degree in 1999 in violin performance from the Juilliard School. In 2003, he received a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Otto-Werner Mueller.

An accomplished violinist, Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center from 1998 to 2004, serving as acting associate principal second violin in 2002 and 2004. In addition, he has performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New Jersey Symphony.

Grams is an internationally renowned guest conductor and travels around the world to conduct, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Rome and Hamburg Symphony.

Maestro Grams will be the fourth music director to lead the ESO in its 63-year history. The symphony was founded in 1950, by Douglas Steensland at Elgin Community College, and in 1981, became an independent nonprofit organization. This began a new era for the orchestra. Four years later the ESO became fully professional.

In 1971, Grammy Award-winning conductor Margaret Hillis was appointed music director. She was the first woman to ever conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and brought a period of artistic growth to the ESO. 

Robert Hanson replaced Margaret Hillis as music director in 1983, until his retirement in 2011. During Maestro Hanson’s tenure, the Elgin Symphony experienced tremendous operational and artistic growth. The size of the orchestra and its reputation for exceptional performances were greatly accelerated during this period, with the orchestra honored as the Illinois Orchestra of the Year on three occasions.

The appointment of Grams ends a search that saw more than 200 applicants. During the last two years, the 12 finalists were able to conduct the Elgin Symphony for at least one concert week. The search committee, chaired by Harry Blizzard, member of the ESO Board of Directors, included other board members, orchestra members selected by the entire orchestra, a representative from the city of Elgin and staff members of the ESO. Henry Fogel, former chief executive officer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, advised, consulted and assisted in the selection process.

New season

On Saturday, Oct. 5, Grams will make his debut as ESO music director, conducting Mahler's "Titan" Symphony No. 1. That weekend will kick off the 2013-14 season of seven Classic concert weekends, two Pops concert weekends, one Holiday concert weekend, and three Family concerts. 

Venues include the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, where ESO patrons can enjoy a drink, special desserts and shopping in the lobby to support the orchestra.  After Saturday night performances, the audience is invited to “Mingle with the Musicians” at local restaurants. The ESO also plays at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts and the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

Through its WFMT broadcasts, music of the ESO is available to listeners all around the globe. The ESO has performed alongside such guest soloists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Sir James Galway, and Itzhak Pearlman. Other notables include violinist Bella Hristova, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, soprano Arianna Zukerman, flutist Amy Porter and the groundbreaking string trio Time for Three. During the 2013-14 season, guest artists will include Terrence Wilson, Carter Brey, Brandon Ridenour and Isabella Lippi, the ESO concertmaster.

In 1987, the ESO began Kidz Konzertz, a music education program aimed at elementary and middle-school children. It draws more than 8,000 students each year from nearly 60 communities. The ESO Musicians Care Program takes musicians out of the concert hall and into the public and patient spaces of Sherman Hospital in Elgin twice each week.

Subscriptions for the coming Season – "Transformed by Music" – are now available and can be purchased through the ESO Box Office at 847-888-4000 or at

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lake Forest Symphony


May 17 and 18 - 2013  8:00 PM
Pre-concert talk - 7:00 PM
Symphony No. 2 in c minor (“Resurrection”) with the Chicago Master Singers
Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
 and Sarah Holman, mezzo-soprano
Michelle Areyzaga
Michelle Areyzaga
Sarah Holman
Sarah Holman

Every orchestra should have something truly special for its season finale, and here we are pulling out all the stops. Mahler’s “Resurrection” is simply one of the greatest symphonies ever written, with its glorious inclusion of a chorus and soloists reminiscent of Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony. Both the music and the text will take you to special places of exultation and exaltation, as the Chicago Master Singers triumphantly add their voices to the glorious sounds of our symphony musicians.


These concerts are generously sponsored by Lake Forest Bank and Trust Company and The Butler Family Foundation.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Elliott Goldenthal's Othello

Choreography: Lar Lubovitch
Music: Elliot B. Goldenthal
Live music performed by: The Chicago Philharmonic
Othello is passionate and powerful contemporary dance theatre that tells the dramatic story of the Venetian Moor, his beloved Desdemona, and the conniving Iago, who will stop at nothing to usurp Othello’s power. Witness ambition and betrayal, set to a commanding score by Academy Award® winner Elliot Goldenthal. Featuring breathtaking costumes, elaborate multi-media projections and unparalleled dancing, this will be your last chance to see the Joffrey’s riveting and critically acclaimed production of Othello.

“Electric, heartbreaking and unforgettable” –Chicago Tribune

Production Sponsor – Lorna Ferguson & Terry Clark and Nuveen Investments, Inc.

FRIApr 26, 2013 - 7:30pm
SATApr 27, 2013 - 2:00pm
SATApr 27, 2013 - 7:30pm
SUNApr 28, 2013 - 2:00pm
THUMay 2, 2013 - 7:30pm
FRIMay 3, 2013 - 7:30pm
SATMay 4, 2013 - 2:00pm
SATMay 4, 2013 - 7:30pm
SUNMay 5, 2013 - 2:00pm

All performances take place at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Nielsen Flute Concerto with the ESO

I'm having great fun performing Nielsen's Flute Concerto with Maestro José Luis Gomez, flutist Amy Porter and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra this week. We have one final performance today , 2:30pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Jose Luis Gomez

 Nature's Awakening
 Jose Luis Gomez, conductor
Amy Porter, guest artist

Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. 
Schaumburg Prairie Center

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday. April 7, 2:30 p.m. 
Hemmens Cultural Center , Elgin

Amy Porter
Amy Porter

Haydn -Symphony No.88 in G major
Nielsen - Concerto for Flute & Orchestra
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 in F major, "Pastoral"
Jose Luis Gomez, a Music Director Finalist, conducts a nature inspired concert featuring Amy Porter on the flute.
Concert tickets may be purchased through the ESO Box Office847-888-4000 or online at

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