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Evanston Symphony Celebrates Christmas 2012 with Annual Concert


Evanston, IL — Start your holiday season with An Evanston Symphony Christmas.   The Evanston Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Lawrence Eckerling will hold this annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th at the Evanston Township High School auditorium.


The ESO is again joined by the acclaimed North Shore Choral Society (NSCS) and the Evanston Children’s Choir. All three groups will combine in John Williams’ Three Holiday Songs, adapted from his score for the film Home Alone, and NSCS Music Director Julia Davids

will take the soprano solo in Donald Fraser’s The Christmastide, backed by the Evanston Children’s Choir.

This concert will be the largest indoor performance event in Evanston, featuring the 90 musicians of the Evanston Symphony, more than 120 singers from the North Shore Choral Society, the dancers of the Evanston Dance Ensemble and the children from the Evanston Children’s Choir.  Singers from the ETHS Concert Chorale, under the direction of Mary Theresa Reed, will entertain before the concert and at intermission. And the audience will join Santa and his elves in a sing-along of favorite holiday carols.

Highlights of the concert will include A Charleston Christmas performed by dancers from the Evanston Dance Ensemble, and the finale of a Bach Violin Concerto featuring ESO  Concertmaster Julian Arron plus dancers from the EDE. Music selected by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling for the 2012 concert includes a varied program of other seasonal favorites including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.  


This is the eighth year for this spectacular event, which annually attracts audiences of more than 1,000.   Tickets are priced at $25 for adults and $10 for children with a special discounted family package available. Tickets in a reserved preferred seating area are also available. Information is available on-line at www.evanstonsymphony.org and at 847.864.8804.



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