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.

  • BLUES

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

    An amazing blend of American blues
    with Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral. 

    corky bluesChicago harmonica legend Corky Siegel will dazzle you with Symphonic Blues, his own 2007 concerto for harmonica and symphony orchestra that captures his unique blend of classical music and blues. And blue cathedral, written by Higdon in 2000, will take you on an inviting journey of rich harmony and radiance. 

    You’ll also be treated to selections from George Gershwin’s 1935 Porgy and Bess, with the Southern blues of Catfish Row, and from his 1992 Crazy for You romantic musical. Rounding out the program is a Duke Ellington jazz medley and Aaron Copland's Outdoor Overture.

    The Chicago Tribune writes:  “Gritty Chicago blues and ... classical … music might not seem like a match made in heaven — until you’ve heard Corky Siegel bring the two together … [it’s] a crowning achievement.  Siegel appeared in a ... New York symphony subscription concert, and it took a week for a jumping Philharmonic Hall to settle back on its foundation.”  Listen to Symphonic Blues here.

    Higdon's blue cathedral is one of the most frequently performed new classical works in the United States, from one of the most sought-after composers. A winner of multiple Grammy awards, she has been hailed by the Washington Post as "a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit.”  Listen to blue cathedral here.

    This concert, which also includes other American music from the late 1900s, 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

  • BROADWAY

    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 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.  This concert offers up an exciting medley of songs from beloved musicals that opened between 1947 and 1960, with enduring favorites such as … If Ever I Would Leave You, The Night They Invented Champagne, It’s Almost Like Being in Love, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, and Get Me to the Church on Time. 

    All of Lerner and Loewe’s musicals were huge hits:  My Fair Lady, for example, which opened in 1956, set what was then the record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history.  Their songs have been covered by many artists over the decades - listen here to interpretations by Frank Sinatra, Kristin Chenowerth, the cast of Glee, and Robert Goulet.

    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

  • SEASONS

    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

  • SUBLIME

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

    Savor Tchaikovsky, with three of his resplendent masterworks:  Sleeping Beauty ballet suite, Symphony 6, and selection from Violin Concerto in D Major

    Tchaikovsky’s three ballets – The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker – are an unrivaled trilogy 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.  Karisa Chiu of Palatine, winner of our 2015 concerto competition for teen musicians, rounds out the program with a selection from Tchaikovsky's brilliant Violin Concerto.

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

  • RENDEZVOUS

    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