Symphonic music is
about the joy, passion, and the yearning of the human spirit. The Elmhurst
Symphony Orchestra expresses the wonder of this music. A cultural gem of
the western suburbs, we bring exhilarating performances of world-class music,
with highly professional players, right to the heart of the local community.
Our commitment to
igniting lifelong engagement with music starts, of course, with our audience,
and it extends beyond the concert hall.
Our performances bring
together a vibrant and diverse community – talented players, dedicated
volunteers, audience members and supporters – from Elmhurst and across the
Chicago region. We are united by concerts that both move and delight.
As part of our community
outreach program, we bring the joy of orchestral music to more than 9,000
students in over 20 schools, half of which are underfunded and would likely not
be able to provide this experience for the students.
Our Robert Stanger
Young Artists Audition affords local area high school instrumentalists the
opportunity to share the stage with our accomplished players and to perform in
a professional setting.
The ESO has become a
focal point for artistic collaboration, bringing together accomplished guest
artists, up-and-coming young performers, and diverse arts organizations like DuPage
Dance Academy, local high school orchestras, the Elmhurst Chorale Union, the
Tower Chorale, Elmhurst College ensembles, the Apollo Chorus, Spirito, the Agape
Handbell Ringers, and even Space Shuttle Astronaut Dan Tani, all in
presentations that are informative and entertaining.
Only 40% of the cost to produce a concert is covered by ticket sales. A
strong Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra is a great enhancement to the quality of
life in our community for people of all ages. Please make a financial
contribution NOW as part of our Annual Appeal that will help secure the
ESO’s position as a pillar of our community for generations to come.
Music Director and
"An orchestra exists not only to celebrate
music of the
past, but also to serve as a mirror
for its own time and culture. I am pleased
our audience has been so receptive to the mix
of classical masterpieces
and fine newer
works that we present each season."
— Stephen Alltop, Music Director