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Theatre & Performing Arts

ESO Presents ‘The Ukranian Symphony’

The Elmhurst Symphony Association (ESA) announces ‘The Ukrainian Symphony’, its second concert of the season, to be held on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at 4:00 PM, at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church – ESO’s home venue. A pre-concert discussion led by assistant conductor Eli Chen will be held before the concert at 2:45 PM in the Upper Gathering Area of ECRC.

What’s Playing
Carl Maria von Weber Der Freischütz Overture
Alexander Arutiunian Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 (“Ukrainian”)

Who’s Performing

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Alltop Music Director and Conductor

Esteban Batallán Trumpet

Cecilia O’Malley Violin, Winner of the 2023 Stanger Young Artist Competition

You Can Sample What You’ll Hear

Visit the symphony’s concert webpage on to listen to samples of the music you’ll hear at the November 12th concert.

What’s Interesting

Carl Maria von Weber, a contemporary of Beethoven, was one of the founders of musical Romanticism (music which favors powerful expressions of emotion, often the emotions of the composers themselves). As a kind of musical father figure, von Weber inspired and influenced an entire generation of composers — including the other composers featured on this program.

Principal Trumpeter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Esteban Batallán makes his solo debut with the Elmhurst Symphony!

Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Symphony is one of the composer’s most joyful works and earned high praise right from its premiere in 1872. Tchaikovsky used three Ukrainian folk songs throughout the symphony and, as Ukraine was known as “Little Russia” at the time, the piece was originally nicknamed the “Little Russian.” In April 2022, the work was retitled “Ukrainian” to more accurately reflect the musical inspiration for the work.


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