2014-15seasonUPCOMING Concerts

Great music, a friendly atmosphere, and convenient venues – an unbeatable trio!  In the coming weeks, we perform in Naperville and Wheaton - read the details below.  Learn more about the West Suburban Symphony experience here.

And ... mark your calendar and buy tickets now for simply spectacular music in our 2015-16 season: hear us in Hinsdale, Lemont and Naperville, on October 18, November 15, December 13, February 14, March 20, April 24, May 22 and June 26 - see details below and a season summary here.


    December 13, 2015  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    2015 dec merry

    moller2015Our festive holiday concert is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season! Featured soloists are Chicago broadcaster Bill Moller, narrating 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Joliet Township High School students Grace Crumbaugh, Alyssa Rice, and Alexis Smith, singing Sandman Song and Evening Prayer from Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.  Rounding out this delightful program are selections from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutracker ballet, seasonal favorites by Mannheim Steamroller and Leroy Anderson, Francisco Madina's Basque-inspired Christmas Triptych, your favorite carols, and a visit from a jolly old elf in red. .

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


    January 16, 2016  –  7:30 pm buy ticketsget directions

    Ignite your winter with an amazing mix of popular music in a casual, club-style show:  jazz, blues, rock, country, bluegrass, tango, Broadway and more, brought to you by five exceptional small groups featuring West Suburban Symphony singers and instrumentalists.  Our first fusion show in January 2014 in Downers Grove sold out, so plan to buy your tickets early!  Featured performers and their music:

    Cove Creek Brass, a 5-piece brass group: jazz, blues, and a tune inspired by Lady Gaga's Bad Romance
    High Society Five, a 5-piece string and percussion group:  jazz and blues in the style of Frank Sinatra
    High Strung, a 4-piece group of bluegrass strings:  country and rock classic hits performed on dobro, mandolin, guitar and cello
    La Banda Caliente, a 4-piece keyboard and string group:  Argentine and Spanish music, featuring tango
    Noteworthy Singers, a 9-piece vocal and keyboard group:  a medley of highlights from Les Miserables

    The fusion2 show is a two-hour performance, including intermission, with beer, wine, soft drink and snack sales before the show and at intermission.

    Presented at The Community House, 415 West 8th Street, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521

  • ¡OLE!

    February 14, 2016  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    2016 feb ole

    elbio barilarivictoria2016Elbio Barilari, host of WFMT’s Fiesta! program, serves as guest commentator for a concert celebrating the symphonic music of Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, Uruguay and Spain.  
    This marvelous program features grand traditions including Alberto Ginastera’s Estancia Ballet Suite, Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with violin soloist Victoria Moreira, and Silvestre Revueltas’ Janitzio and Escenas Infantiles.  It also brings you exciting new music of today: Barilari's own Canyengue, Diego Vega’s Cascade and Bow and Léon Rengifo’s Tres Danzas Colombianas.

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


    March 20, 2016  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    2015 mar broadway

    A rousing concert for chorus and orchestra featuring hit tunes from 8 Broadway musicals, including Carousel, Oklahoma, South Pacific, State Fair, The King and I, and The Sound of Music

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


    April 24, 2016  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    2016 apr crossroads

    An entertaining blend of hits from across the centuries, by the musical stars of their time:  J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto 6 from the early 1700s (likely mid-1800s premiere by an unknown orchestra) ... Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony 1 (1800 premiere by an unknown orchestra in Vienna, with the composer conducting)  ... and five pop tunes as arranged for the Hampton Rock String Quartet: 

    George Andrews' arrangement of I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) by Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier (1965 premiere by Four Tops)

    Richard Henrickson's arrangement of Whole Lotta Love by John Bonham, Willie Dixon, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (1969 premiere by Led Zeppelin)

    John Reed's arrangements of Robert Johnson's 1936 Crossroads (1966 cover by Cream), Kerry Livgren's Carry on Wayward Son (1976 premiere by Kansas), and Gerald and Peter Jackson's Turn the Beat Around (1976 premiere by Vicki Sue Robinson, 1994 cover by Gloria Estefan)

    Presented at Union Church, 137 S. Garfield Avenue, Hinsdale, IL 60521


    May 22, 2016  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    2016 may impressions

    Two timeless masterpieces inspired by their composers' visits to another land:  Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony 9 from the New World and George Gershwin’s American in Paris ... plus a performance by the winner of our annual solo competition for teen musicians.  Dvorak wrote his New World while away from his Czech home to direct the National Conservatory of Music in New York from 1892 to 1895, completing the composition in Spillville, Iowa.  American in Paris, which premiered in 1928, was inspired by time that New Yorker Gershwin had spent there.  He wrote:  "My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere." 

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


    June 26, 2016  –  4:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    2016 jun colorwheel

    Be moved by some of the most powerful, and most beautiful, music written:  Carl Orff’s 1936 secular cantata Carmina Burana for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists... introduced by Tomaso Albinoni’s Adagio for strings and organ. Carmina Burana is the name of a collection of 254 poems and dramatic texts, mostly from the 11th and 12th centuries, that were discovered in a German monastery in the early 1800s.  Orff selected 24 of them for this hugely popular composition that captures the spirit of medieval times, with infectious rhythms and simple harmonies. 
    Three exceptional Chicago soloists join us for this performance:  soprano Elizabeth Norman, countertenor Lon Ellenberger, and baritone Warren Moulton.  Hear the opening of Carmina Burana.
    Special note:  this 80-minute concert will start at 4:30 pm and be performed without intermission.

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