What better way to spend a spring afternoon than to join family and friends at a benefit for the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra at Pinstripes in Oak Brook, on Saturday, April 8 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Located at 7 Oak Brook Mall, Pinstripes offers fun for family members of all ages. Games, good food, music, laughter and good times are all on the menu. Let’s Play! (bowling and bocce), Let’s Eat! (pizza, flatbread and more buffet), and Let’s Hear! (Lake Effect band with music from the 50s, 60s and 70s) will be in the spotlight throughout the afternoon. Come early and enjoy every minute. This is an event you and your family will not want to miss!
The Elmhurst Symphony Musicians in Performance at Mayslake series concludes its 2016-17 season with “All That Jazz” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. ESO Assistant Conductor Allison Gaines will lead a selected group of ESO musicians in an evening of jazz—with strings attached! Join them for jazz with a classical twist when area musicians Patti Garvey (cello), Anthony Perry (piano), Alison Gaines (bass), and Kevin Kosnik (drums) present a program of jazz standards and jazz-classical fusion. Featured in the first half of the program are standards like Dizzy Gillespie’s Night in Tunisia. In the second half, the group showcases selections from Claude Bolling’s Jazz Suite for Cello with an updated, more improvisatory interpretation of Bolling’s classical work. This is an evening of music you will not want to miss!
The winners of the Dr. Robert Stanger Young Artists Audition for 2017 have been announced by the Elmhurst Symphony Association. Held on February 11 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst, the competition showcased 25 outstanding high school musicians from many of the western suburbs. Special thanks go to this year's judges, Jean Hatmaker, Susan Merdinger and Dianne Ryan, who spent many hours listening to and critiquing these spectacular young performers, choosing four winners:
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