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Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra to launch 58th season

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of music director and conductor Stephen Alltop, will open its 58th season at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst.

Soprano Michele Areyzaga will join the orchestra in “Bernstein Spectacular” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary composer and conductor’s birth with music from "Mass," "West Side Story" and "Candide," along with Aaron Copland’s suite from "Our Town," according to an Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra news release. Violinist Margaret O'Malley, the winner of the 2018 Stanger Young Artist Audition, will play Bruch's Romance in F major at the concert, the release stated.

The orchestra will accept donations of paper and cleaning products and personal care items for Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry clients at the concert, and there will be a discussion, Behind the Music Stand, led by Ted Hatmaker, at 1:45 p.m. before the concert, according to the release. Hatmaker, an author and composer, teaches music at Northern Illinois University, according to the orchestra's website.

Grants from the city of Elmhurst, Illinois Arts Council, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and 90.9FM WDCB, Chicago’s Home for Jazz, have contributed to making the orchestra's 58th season possible, the release stated.

Concert tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $12 for students. For tickets, call the orchestra's box office at 630-941-0202 or email esoboxoffice@gmail.com.

Group and family rates also are available, and various 2018-19 season subscription options can be purchased as well. Subscriber benefits include discounted tickets, free exchange of tickets under certain conditions and access to special gatherings, according to the release.

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