EYSO Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra
Elgin, Illinois 60121-6508

The 2013/2014 EYSO Season

EYSO's 38th season:
Bardology: Shakespeare, Musically Speaking

Every year, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) develops its concert season around a central theme so young musicians (3rd grade to college) may explore, study and understand a specific idea from various perspectives. Themes from past seasons focused on time, movement, architecture, and invention. This year the EYSO is pleased to announce its 38th season– Bardology: Shakespeare, Musically Speaking.

Our 38th season celebrates the genius and influence of William Shakespeare with some of the greatest works for orchestra ever written. The year will explore the many layers of Shakespeare through music inspired by his canon.

The EYSO has long believed that the comprehensive study and performance of great music offers the opportunity to look at the arts as more than a pleasant diversion. Rather, the arts are seen as a lens to view the human experience, a special way of understanding reality, and a way to communicate what we know about the world and ourselves.

Concert performances are on Sundays at 2:00p.m., 4:30p.m. and 7:30p.m. Each concert features different EYSO Orchestras (there are five in all) and a Brass Choir. There are also special performances throughout the year by the EYSO Chamber Music Institute, honors chamber groups, guest conductors, and guest performance artists.

Sound and Fury: The Genius of Shakespeare
Sunday, November 3, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Like a richly textured symphony, a Shakespeare play reveals its treasures again and again. This concert explores the Bard's dramatic art through symphonic music spanning three hundred years.

Fantastical Banquet: Shakespeare's Musick
Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 2:00p.m., 4:30p.m. & 7:30p.m.
"His words are a fantastical banquet, just so many strange dishes..." A concert celebrating the magic of Shakespeare's language, in opera, song, and incidental music for the theater, with works by Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Gounod, and Verdi.

Star Cross'd: The Music of Romeo and Juliet
Sunday, May 4, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
"Romeo and Juliet has inspired more music than any literary work in history. Hear towering works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Bernstein's West Side Story."

Tickets: Concert tickets are sold in advance and at the door at the ECC box office (847-622-0300) or online at http://tickets.elgin.edu. Prices are $25 (adults), $20 (seniors), and $14 (students) and are for reserved seating.

Location: The Blizzard Theatre - The ECC Arts Center (building H) at Elgin Community College (ECC), 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin IL.




Concert tickets are sold in advance and at the door at the ECC box office (847-622-0300). Tickets are for reserved seating.



The Blizzard Theatre is located in the Visual & Performing Arts Building (VPA) at Elgin Community College (ECC), 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin IL.


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