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    cantigny stars 2022

    Jul 30, 2022  – 7:00 pm

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    BRING FRIENDS AND A PICNIC and join us on the lawns of Cantigny Park in Wheaton for our annual outdoor concert. Our goal is to bring you an even more memorable performance than our summer 2021 concert that brought a cheering audience of 1,700 to their feet! 

    This year we'll bring you to some of the best movie music ever written! The program includes a medley of John Williams' greatest melodies along with music by Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, Stephen Sondheim, and Hans Zimmer.  As a special treat, we'll play Svengoolie Variations - a piece written for us by Downers Grove composer Thomas Maslan that's often played on Chicago's own Svengoolie television show, hosted by Rich Koz.

    Come to the park as early as you like to set up your space for an evening picnic. There is a $10/car parking fee to drive into Cantigny, with no additional charge for the concert. See https://cantigny.org/event/west-suburban-symphony-orchestra-together-again/ for more information.

    Presented At: Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, Illinois 60189



    Oct 16, 2022  – 3:30 pm

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    We open our season with dazzling music rooted in the rhythms of dance. George Gershwin's pulsating 1925 Piano Concerto in F, with a Charleston dance beat and elements of the blues, anchors this concert, with soloist Melanie Brsan. Florence Price's 1932 Symphony 1, inspired by African-American dance and spirituals, is both lyrical and fiery. Rounding out the concert is the soaring Suite from Cecille Chaminade's 1888 Callirhoe ballet. Listen here: Chaminade, Gershwin, Price.

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



    Nov 6, 2022  – 3:30 pm

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    The power of Ludwig van Beethoven's music to take your breath away has endured over the centuries. His 1808 Symphony 6 (Pastoral) is the centerpiece of this concert: it shares his love for the countryside he often roamed, with fields, streams, villagers, thunder, and serenity after the storm. You'll also be moved by his rousing Egmont (1810) and Consecration of the House (1822) overtures and lovely Ah! Perfido (1796) aria, featuring soprano Ann McMann. Listen here: Symphony, Egmont, Consecration, Perfido.

    Presented At: Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 31st Street (501 Oak Brook Road), Oak Brook, IL 60523



    Dec 11, 2022  – 3:30 pm

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    Our traditional December concert returns this season with a visit from Santa and a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas set to music. Your entire family will love the mix of familiar carols with popular tunes full of sleigh rides and winter wonderlands. Highlights include Samuel Coleridge Taylor's sparkling Christmas Overture and Robert Smith's creative blend of melodies by James Pierpoint and John Philip Sousa, Jingle Bells Forever.

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



    Mar 12, 2023  – 3:30 pm

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    Local tunes passed down through the generations lie at the heart of this concert, reflected in engaging music for orchestra and chorus. William Grant Still's 1930 Afro-American Symphony is built around blues progressions and rhythms. Edward Elgar's 1894 rollicking suite of songs, From the Bavarian Highlands, recalls a family vacation in the villages of southern Germany, and Antonin Dvorak's 1878 spirited Slavonic Dances celebrate Eastern European folk music. Listen here: Dvorak, Elgar, Still.

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



    May 7, 2023  – 3:30 pm

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    This concert brings you stirring music inspired by natural and urban landscapes. Johannes Brahms completed his joyful 1877 Symphony 2 during a summer stay along an Austrian lakeshore. Benjamin Britten captured the moods of the North Sea in his dramatic Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (1945). And Jennifer Higdon conveys the vitality of Atlanta, Georgia, her hometown, in Skyline from City Scape (2002). A performance by the winner of our 2022-23 solo contest for high school students completes this program. Listen here: Brahms, Britten, Higdon.

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



    Jun 25, 2023  – 3:30 pm

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    Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry), Pietro Mascagni's 1890 opera, spins a dramatic tale of life in a Sicilian village, complete with love, war, infidelity, revelry, and a duel to the death. The first opera to depict the experiences of everyday people rather than royalty, gods, and goddesses, it has been wildly popular since its premiere. We perform this short opera in concert with orchestra, chorus, and four fabulous soloists. Listen here.

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