Elgin Symphony cancels fall 2020 season; adds small-scale performances

Posted on: July 28, 2020

“Elgin Symphony Orchestra has canceled its fall slate of performances and concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization announced Friday,” writes Rafael Guerrero in Friday’s (7/24) Elgin Courier-News (IL). “The cancellations … through the end of 2020 … include what was to be the season-opening concert of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, The Music of Journey and Queen, and the annual Holiday Concert…. The organization is planning some smaller performances to help with the cancellations…. Two of these concerts have been announced: one scheduled for Sept. 11 at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard in Pingree Grove, followed by another performance at The Haight events venue in downtown Elgin on the 12th. These performances will feature George Walker’s Lyric for Strings and Haydn’s Symphony No. 60 and will feature virtuoso violinist and Chicago resident Philippe Quint [in music by] Massenet and Sarasate…. A limited number of tickets will be made available to these performances…. Events will be live-streamed and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra will be selling streaming-only tickets as well…. The organization launched a new crowdsourcing campaign called ‘ESO Crescendo’ [to] help the orchestra ‘weather this viral storm until it is safe for us all to gather together again.’ ”