Elgin Symphony announces 2009-10 plans

Posted on: February 20, 2009

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Illinois is one of many orchestras recently announcing plans for the 2009-10 season. The orchestra will open its 60th season on October 2 with a concert featuring Respighi’s Pines of Rome and an appearance by The Romeros, the guitar quartet, and will conclude the season in June with three performances of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The ESO’s 60th birthday will be celebrated on April 17, 2010—the date of the orchestra’s first concert in 1949—with an “ESO Goes to Hollywood” concert featuring pianist Kevin Cole in music by Gershwin, Kern, John Williams, and Max Steiner. During the season, the orchestra will perform symphonies by Schubert, Brahms, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven; and the ESO’s pops series will include music by Henry Mancini, a 100th-birthday celebration of Benny Goodman, and three performances by the vocal quintet Five by Design, showcasing television music from the 1950s and ’60s.