For Music Enthusiasts

Learn More About May 13 Concert:
Symphonic Song

Up Close and Personal: Symphonic Song

Lyrical musical essays by renowned American composer Samuel Barber, plus Gustav Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 1 in D Major. Grammy-award winning soprano Sarah Brailey sings Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Learn More About March 19 Concert:
Our Talented Youth

Up Close and Personal: Our Talented Youth

Celebrate our talented young musicians with a performance by the 2023 DSO Young Artists Auditions Winner, violinist Tristan Zhu (performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto) and a collaboration with the Youth Symphony of DuPage Concert Orchestra, performing Sibelius’ Finlandia. The DSO also presents Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Learn More About February 11 Concert:
American Spirituals & American Jazz

Up Close and Personal: American Spirituals & American Jazz

A noteworthy friendship and collaborative spirit existed between American composers William Grant Still and George Gershwin, who got their start in Tin Pan Alley composing popular songs and stage music. The DSO performs Still’s 1937 Symphony No. 2, “Song of a New Race,” and Gershwin’s 1925 Concerto in F with celebrated pianist Wynona Wang, First Prize Winner in the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

Learn More About November 19 Concert:
Mexico & Spain

Up Close and Personal: Mexico & Spain

A sampling of orchestral music rooted in Mexican folk traditions – by José Pablo Moncayo, Carlos Chávez, and Arturo Márquez – plus the Symphonie espagnole by the French Romantic composer Édouard Lalo.

Learn More About October 15 Concert:
German Masters

Up Close and Personal: German Masters

Wagner thought of opera (later referred to as “music dramas”) as a “social ritual in which people came together to witness this huge, massive scope of an artistic venture. This is the idea Wagner called “Gesamkuntswerk,” which translates to the total art work; “All things coming together for one objective” (Lumpkin, 2013) …

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