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DuPage Symphony Orchestra Tribute to Ukraine: The Land & The People

July 25, 2022

On Saturday, July 23, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra held their Tribute to Ukraine: The Land & The People concert at Central Park in Downtown Naperville. The concert began with the Ukrainian national anthem, which was sung and performed on the bandura, a traditional Ukrainian string instrument. Read more.

Cantigny Outdoor Concert “Hollywood Heroes”

June 18, 2022

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra returns to Cantigny! The orchestra, led by Barbara Schubert, conductor, will perform a 75-minute concert without intermission. The musical theme is Hollywood Heroes, featuring exhilarating music by Elmer Bernstein, Klaus Badelt, James Newton Howard, and (of course) the great John Williams. Indiana Jones, Wyatt Earp, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Star Wars heroes, and more: you’ll meet them all through the magnificent film scores of modern Hollywood! Join us at beautiful Cantigny Park for an evening of adventure, love, fantasy, and the triumph of good over evil, as celebrated in some of the most memorable musical creations of the last 50 years. Read more.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra ends the 2021-22 season with 'Celebrations'

April 26, 2022

What does it mean to celebrate despite all the difficulties, obstacles and problems? It means showing the strength and the power of life, positivity, and hope for a bright future.

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra came out of the pandemic even more determined and impassioned than before, because the challenges that it had to face only strengthened the spirit of the musicians and their love for classical music. Read more.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra's 'Reflections' concert on March 19 to explore 'The American Scene'

March 3, 2022

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards,” said Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard. Only time can show why things happen and what stands behind them, but in any case we have to move forward with our lives and do what has to be done.

For the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, it means to keep presenting live performances for its audience and keep transforming hearts, minds, and communities through music. The orchestra’s next concert, called “Reflections,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. Read more.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents 'Striving for Justice'

January 27, 2022

“Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice,” said South African bishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra supports freedom and justice and is happy to present its new concert program that is based on masterpieces that demonstrate this message through the means of music. “Striving for Justice” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. in Naperville. Read more.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra to bring 'Yuletide Cheer' to Naperville

December 9, 2021

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra continues its annual tradition of holiday concerts with “Yuletide Cheer” on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

The concerts will begin at 2 and 4 p.m. in North Central College’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Masks are required to attend all in-person events on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Read more.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra lights up Naperville with 'Inspirations'

November 19, 2021

“Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when he is stirred by inspiration,” said Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra prepared for its audience a beautiful concert that features music sparked by various sources of inspiration. This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. Read more.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents Darkness & Light

October 18, 2021

“It is the artists of the world, the feelers and the thinkers who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing and shout the big dreams,” said American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra musicians are happy to take their audience away from a world full of worries and bring it to a world of music full of beautiful and healing sounds. A concert called Darkness & Light will open the orchestra’s season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. Read more.

NCTV 17 Spotlight Interview

October 14, 2021

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is a highly accomplished community orchestra whose mission is to provide inspiration and cultural enrichment through musical excellence, educational programs, and community outreach. The DuPage Symphony Orchestra seeks to transform hearts, minds, and communities through the emotional power and artistic beauty of music. Watch video.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra Announces Its 68th Season – Reflect and Celebrate

August 3, 2021

The DSO is overjoyed to announce its 68th subscription series, bringing you a season to Reflect and Celebrate. Demonstrating the unique power of music to comfort and inspire, the 2021-22 season features important works by American composers along with well-known classics. Join us for great music, performed by the Illinois Council of Orchestras 2021 Community Orchestra of the Year! Read more.

DSO Awarded Community Orchestra of the Year

March 15, 2021

The Illinois Council of Orchestras is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of its annual awards for excellence in the field of music performance and for support of musical organizations. An awards panel of judges drawn from the Illinois Council of Orchestras Board of Directors and independent professional conductors and musicians reviewed nominations representing orchestras, youth orchestras, and chamber ensembles from throughout Illinois. Read more.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra Appoints Executive Director

September 23, 2020

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Kristin Chmiel to the new position of Executive Director effective September 15, 2020. We also welcome back to the DSO family Krista DesBiens to the position of Office Coordinator. These adjustments to our organization’s administration will provide more agility as we continue to navigate the uncertainty affecting the arts in pandemic. “We are thrilled to welcome Krista DesBiens back to the DSO team,” said Board President Don Potozcny. “And elevating Kristin Chmiel to the role of Executive Director acknowledges her integral contribution.” Read more.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra Announces Its 67th Season

May 18, 2020

Naperville, Illinois – In announcing our 67th season, Your Musical Journey, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra recognizes the healing power of music that unites communities in times of uncertainty. Over the last several weeks, it has been inspiring to see how music can bring people together, families in Italy singing from their balconies or Yo-Yo Ma and other musicians sharing #SongsofComfort on social media. In these challenging times, we invite you to reflect on the role music plays in your own life and consider supporting your local DuPage Symphony Orchestra as a subscriber and/or donor. You can help transform hearts, minds, and communities through music. Read more.

Single Tickets Now On Sale

September 6, 2019

Single tickets are now on sale for the the DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 concert season. Audiences are invited to embark on a musical journey of international discovery at nine exciting concerts, performed with artistry and enthusiasm by the award-winning DuPage Symphony Orchestra. This acclaimed, 90-member symphony orchestra is in residence at North Central College in Naperville and performs at NCC’s acoustically superb Wentz Concert Hall. Read more.

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