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Music

Elgin Symphony Orchestra to double musical treats

Isabella Lippi is concertmaster with the Elgin Symhony Orchestra.
Isabella Lippi is concertmaster with the Elgin Symhony Orchestra.

The award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra will present Haydn’s “Surprise” symphony and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by ESO concertmaster Isabella Lippi in early January, followed Jan. 24 by a free, open rehearsal of a Viennese program conducted by Music Director Andrew Grams.

The month’s musical confections begin when resident conductor Stephen Squires raises the baton at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

Hailing Lippi for her musicianship and “unfettered personality,” the Los Angeles Times wrote,”Ms. Lippi exhibits flawless bow control, dazzling listeners with her technical polish and her clean, articulate playing,” according to a news release. She began performing in public at the age of 10, when she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The concert also features Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony, No. 94, and Kodaly’s “Peacock” Variations.” Preconcert chats hosted by Squires will begin one hour prior to performance time. In addition, the concert will be performed Jan. 11 in Schaumburg.

Saturday evening concertgoers are invited afterward to “Mingle with the Musicians” at Dream Hall, 51 S. Grove Ave., Elgin.

The open, working rehearsal will begin at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24, and guests can register online only for up to four people at ElginSymphony.Org. Grams and the orchestra will rehearse a “Night in Old Vienna” program in preparation for concerts at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

It features Grams’ favorite Johann Strauss Jr. waltzes and polkas, and is reminiscent of Vienna’s famous New Year’s concert.

If you go

WHAT: Stephen Squires conducts Elgin Symphony Orchestra

WHERE: Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13

COST: Tickets start at $30 for adults

INFO: ElginSymphony.Org, 847-888-4000

NEXT: Free, open working rehearsal at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24, with online ticketing only

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