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Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Creates Sonic Ripples that Echo beyond the Concert Hall

February 25, 2022 | By Lynn Martin
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

On Sunday, March 13, 2022, join the student musicians of award-winning Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) in their March concert For every action..., the second concert in the 2021-2022 season, FLIPPED, that examines how a shift in perspective can make a world of difference.

“Experience how music creates sonic ripples as it echoes throughout history, across culture, and even between molecules in the concert hall,” said EYSO Artistic Director Matthew Sheppard. 

Concertgoers can look forward to a range of repertoire:  stirring selections from Claude-Michel Schönberg's Les Misérables, the achingly beautiful Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber as transcribed for Brass Choir, movements from Florence Price's spirited Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, and the mighty Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich. 

Three hundred students from nearly seventy communities will perform in concerts at 2:00, 4:30, and 7:00 p.m., with early to intermediate level students performing earlier in the day and Youth Symphony, EYSO’s flagship orchestra for very advanced high school and college-age students, performing in the evening. Primo, EYSO’s youngest ensemble, will take the stage alongside Youth Symphony for a side-by-side performance at the 7:00 p.m. concert. 

2:00 p.m.—Prelude, Sinfonia, Flute Choir, Sinfonia Percussion Ensemble  

4:30 p.m.—Brass Choir, Philharmonia, Philharmonia Percussion Ensemble  

7:00 p.m.—Primo, Youth Symphony, Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble  

Two soloists, selected last fall at EYSO’s annual Concerto Competition, will perform with their respective ensembles. Philharmonia violist Ella Petersen will perform Johann Hummel’s Fantasie in G Minor, and Youth Symphony violist Harry Graham will perform Paul Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher.  

 All concerts are in the Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. In-person ticketing is available to the public beginning February 28 at tickets.elgin.edu or by calling the box office at (847) 622-0300. Livestream tickets are sold at EYSO.org/concert. In-person and livestream tickets are $32.00 (Including fees). 

About EYSO

The mission of EYSO is to create a community of young musicians, enriching their lives and the lives of their families, schools, communities and beyond, through the study and performance of excellent music.

Since its beginnings as a small string orchestra in 1976, EYSO has grown to a community of eight?large ensembles and nearly thirty chamber music ensembles. EYSO, in its 46th season, serves students from 70 Chicagoland communities and has a national reputation for providing students with an engaging musical experience and a comprehensive learning environment of curiosity, imagination, critical thinking, and collaboration. Students explore a thematic curriculum each season — one which helps students develop artistically and technically, and prepares them for a future of complex ideas, creative risk-taking, and leadership as global citizens. This approach has led hundreds of alumni to successful careers as professional musicians, educators, and strong leaders in every field.? 

 To learn more about EYSO, visit EYSO.org, or call (847) 841-7700. 






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