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.

  • LEGENDARY

    October 18, 2015  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    2015 oct legendary

    COLOSSAL, SPINE-TINGLING MUSIC   
    A supernatural wonder, with musical themes from classic movies, TV shows, and fairy tales:  John Williams' and Calvin Custer's Jurassic Park Highlights ... Akira Ifukube's and John DeSentis' Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, Godzilla vs Destoroyah, and King Kong vs Godzilla ... Franz Waxman's Bride of Frankenstein ... the premiere of Thomas Maslan’s new Svengoolie Variations, inspired by the theme song of Rich Koz’s Chicago-based TV show ... and Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite 1

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

  • CLASSIC

    November 15, 2015  –  3:30 pm buy ticketsget directions
    2015novmozart

    THE MAGIC OF MOZART  
    An absolutely delightful all-Mozart concert for orchestra and chorus: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik ... Mass in C Major in Honor of the Most Holy Trinity ... Symphony 35 .... and Serenade 12 for Winds.  This concert brings you both familiar and hidden gems by one of history's most enduringly popular composers, for ensembles large and small.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote many serenades, often on commission as music for social events, including the two masterpieces on this program:  his festive 1787 Eine Kleine Nachtmusic for string orchestra and his adventurous 1783 Serenade for wind octet.  His Symphony 35 (Haffner), from 1783, was a hit at its Vienna premiere, with great variety and energy.  And his gorgeous choral Mass in C Major, first performed in June 1773, is a rarely performed, uplifting treasure.

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

  • MERRY

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

    ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR ALL AGES  
    Our festive holiday concert is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season:  selections from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel ... Francisco Madina’s 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

  • ¡OLE!

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

    THE SPIRIT OF LATIN AMERICA AND SPAIN   
    elbio barilariElbio 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: grand traditions including Alberto Ginastera’s Estancia Ballet Suite, Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy (violin soloist to be announced), and Silvestre Revueltas’ Janitzio and Escenas Infantiles ... plus exciting 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

  • BROADWAY

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

    ICONIC SONGS BY RICHARD RODGERS AND OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN  
    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

  • CROSSROADS

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

    ROCK MEETS BACH AND BEETHOVEN  
    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

  • IMPRESSIONS

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

    SOUNDS OF WORLDS NEW AND OLD   
    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

  • O FORTUNA

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

    PRIMAL MUSIC TO SHAKE YOUR SOUL   
    Be moved by some of the most powerful, and most beautiful, music written:  Carl Orff’s 1936 secular cantata Carmina Burana for orchestra and chorus ... 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.  Listen here to 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