The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will help celebrate Wilmette’s 150th birthday


Submitted by the Evanston Symphony Orchestra

Evanston, IL – The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will for the second consecutive year perform a special Pops concert at the Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park in Wilmette, Illinois on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

The Evanston Symphony Orchestra performs in 2021 at Gilson Park (Photo by Laura Bennett)

Led by ESO Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, this year’s concert is part of Wilmette’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2022. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp and will last one hour. (The rain date for the event is August 25, starting at 6 p.m.). The program is free to the public.

The program will feature light classics, show tunes and film music, including two selections each from John Williams and Leroy Anderson, and three dances from Copland’s Rodeo. It ends with John Philip Sousa Washington Post March.

“I’m just thrilled that we’re giving our second performance at the beautiful Wallace Bowl,” said ESO Maestro Eckerling. “It’s a spectacular place to hold an outdoor summer concert. We are all impatient!

The concert is presented by the Wilmette Sesquicentennial Committee and is co-sponsored by Byline Bank and The Mabadi Group. ESO is partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a municipal agency supported by the City of Evanston, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Activities for children, including a petting zoo with instruments, will be offered by the Baker Demonstration School from 6:00 p.m.

“The Evanston Symphony Orchestra is an outstanding group of 85 talented musicians, and the Wallace Bowl is a magnificent venue for a summer concert in honor of Wilmette’s 150th birthday,” said John Jacoby, co-chair of the planning committee. of Wilmette’s centenary. ESO’s program at the Bowl will appeal to a wide audience, and the price of admission ($0) will provide families and friends with an inexpensive opportunity to get together, picnic in the park, and listen to music. familiar music. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy yourself.

“An outdoor summer pop concert is the perfect family entertainment for all ages,” said ESO Board Chair Margaret Gergen. “Last year during the Superman Mars, a three-year-old superman “flew” across the lawn in his father’s arms and a nine-year-old future Joffrey Ballet company member danced each number on the side lawn to perfect rhythm! It will be great again this year to listen to the musical pleasure and watch others enjoy it too!

Free parking in the gate-controlled beach parking lot has been secured for ESO concert attendees after 5:30 p.m. on the day of the concert only. Accessibility and disabled places are also found in this lot. Before 5:30 p.m., a season pass or daily parking fee is required. In addition, the number of parking spaces on the street is limited. However, Middle Drive has been reserved for ESO artists only. A downloadable and printable map is available at Wilmette Gillson Park parking map

Information about the 2022-23 ESO season, how to purchase subscriptions and single tickets, sponsorship and advertising opportunities in the program books as well as streaming videos of many programs ESO past and general information can be found on the symphony’s website: Evanston Symphony Orchestra or by calling Executive Director David Ellis at (847) 864-8804 Donations to ESO can be made on the website or by phone.


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