2014-15season2014-15 Concerts

Great music, a friendly atmosphere, and convenient venues – an unbeatable trio!  This coming season, our musicians will perform in Hinsdale, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lombard, Naperville and Westmont.  Learn more about the West Suburban Symphony experience here.


    harmonica artist Siegel grooves with the orchestra February 15, 2015  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    blues harmonica

    An amazing American blend of Chicago and Charleston blues with
    Higdon’s blue cathedral, and Copland’s Outdoor Overture. 

    Chicago harmonica legend Corky Siegel will dazzle you with Symphonic Blues, his own concerto for harmonica and symphony orchestra that captures his unique blend of classical music and blues.  You’ll also be treated to the Southern blues of Catfish Row, with selections from George Gershwin’s Porgy and BessJennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral, written in 2000, will take you on an inviting journey, abounding in rich harmony and radiance.  It is one of the most frequently performed new classical works in the United States, from one of the most sought-after composers.  This concert will be our second at Lemont High School's spectacular Performing Arts Center.  Find detailed driving directions here.  And, if you'd like to partner with us in staging this wonderful production, learn more here.

    Presented at Lemont Performing Arts Center, 425 Julia Street, Lemont, Illinois 60439


    McMann, Concepcion and DuBois sing with orchestra and chorus March 14, 2015  –  7:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    broadway actors

    Legendary musicals come alive with marvelous songs from Gigi, Brigadoon,
    Paint Your Wagon, Camelot
    and My Fair Lady.  

    Our symphony orchestra and chorus welcome soprano Ann McMann, tenor John Concepcion, and baritone David DuBois as soloists in a celebration of legendary musicals by Lerner and Loewe.  This concert offers up an exciting medley of songs, with enduring favorites such as … If Ever I Would Leave You (from Camelot); They Call the Wind Maria (from Paint Your Wagon); The Night They Invented Champagne (from Gigi); It’s Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon); and The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, and Get Me to the Church on Time (all from My Fair Lady).  Buy your tickets early for this fabulous evening of song, presented in the grand Biester Auditorium at Glenbard East High School - we expect the 1000+ seats in the concert hall to sell out!  We thank Gary and Kathy Fitch for their Masterpiece Sponsorship of the musical parts for this concert.  Additional sponsorship opportunities for this concert remain: learn more here.

    Presented at Glenbard East High School, 1014 S Main Street, Lombard, Illinois 60148


    welcoming spring with cherished foursquare classics April 12, 2015  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    four seasons

    Fabulous fours:  Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4,
    and selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 

    This cheerful chamber orchestra concert is centered on four, a number rich in significance in philosophy, science and music.  Bach’s rollicking fourth suite was written as music for formal court dinners:  an elaborate overture introduces dance movements, before a grand and joyful closing.  Beethoven’s fourth symphony is a finely crafted work with exquisite, sunny melodies.  Vivaldi’s remarkable Four Seasons violin concertos are probably his most famous works; award-winning youth soloist Masha Lakisova joins us to perform two of those lively pieces: Spring and Autumn.

    Presented at Westmont High School, 909 Oakwood Drive, Westmont, IL 60559


    enduring symphonic splendor and an emerging musical star May 17, 2015  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    sublime seas

    Savor Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet suite and his last symphony,
    both resplendent examples of his expressive style.  

    Tchaikovsky’s three ballets – The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker – are an unrivaled triology of dance scores.  This spectacular concert features The Sleeping Beauty suite for orchestra, full of soaring, life-affirming melodies that are among Tchaikovsky's finest.  This program contrasts that suite with his gorgeous Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, which is full of grief as well as stunning loveliness and power. The winner of our 2015 concerto competition for teen musicians, who will be selected in early 2015, joins our symphony orchestra as soloist to round out an afternoon of breathtaking music.

    Presented at Hinsdale Central High School, 55th & Grant Streets, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521


    the songs of love lost June 20, 2015  –  7:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    rendezvous rose

    Star-crossed lovers have inspired passionate music for the stage
    over the centuries – this concert brings you some of the very best!  

    Opera composers, and Bernstein in West Side Story, have set the tale of Romeo and Juliet to music, with magnificent results.  Our symphonic chorus and festival orchestra will draw you into five stirring works based on this ill-fated couple – by Bellini, Berlioz, Svendsen and Tchaikovsky as well as Bernstein.  Rounding out the program is poignant music that tells of other tragic love, from Verdi’s Aida, Wagner’s Lohengrin, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Herbert’s Naughty Marietta.  Bring a hanky (or two).

    Presented at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540