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.


    a cappella voices, strings and winds mix it up November 16, 2014  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions

    Diverse musical jewels create a beautiful whole, with rock tunes, folk melodies
    and spiritual songs from the 20th and 21st centuries. 

    Our chamber strings will rock you, our chorus will captivate you a cappella, and our winds will enchant you with George Enescu’s Dixtuor, a suite with hints of Romanian folk songs, Brahms, and Wagner.  The string set, performed by 21 players, includes several popular arrangements, written for the Hampton Rock String Quartet by John Reed and Richard Maximoff, of hits originally made famous by the Rolling Stones, Procol Harum, Led Zeppelin, and Paul Simon.  Choral selections include stunning arrangements of Adoramus Te, Locus iste, There is a Balm in Gilead, Were You There, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, and Amazing Grace - by Eric Barnum, Anton Bruckner, Moses Hogan, Al Peterson, and Christopher Upton.  This concert marks our debut in the spectacular Lemont High School Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art concert facility.  Find driving directions to the PAC's parking garage here.   Here other artists' performance of three selections from this concert:  Dixtuor .... There Is a Balm in Gilead .... Paint It Black

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


    yuletide magic for you and yours December 14, 2014  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    merry nutcrackers

    Celebrate the season with popular holiday songs from stage and screen,
    from Nutcracker to Frozen, plus traditional carols. 

    In our symphony orchestra's annual December concert, we feature heart-warming seasonal music from movies including Frozen, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Polar Express, The Nightmare before Christmas, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street.  Long before there were movies, Tchaikovsky wrote his whimsical Nutcracker ballet – and we’ll also play popular excerpts from its score.  Rounding out this family concert are your favorite carols, with a chance for you to sing along, and a visit from a jolly old soul from the North Pole, with treats for the children.

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


    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 Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.  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, a state-of-the-art concert hall.  Find driving directions to the PAC's parking garage here.  And, ff 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!  If you'd like to partner with us in staging this wonderful production, 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