Past Concerts

German Masters
Saturday, October 15
Great music and captivating performances characterize the DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 concert season, “Up Close and Personal.” To kick off this extraordinary year, the DSO presents an all-orchestral program showcasing music of the German masters: Richard Wagner’s dramatic overture to his early opera Rienzi; Paul Hindemith’s skillfully crafted Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber; and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, an exceptionally cheerful and melodious creation that represents a notable contrast to the composer’s intense, almost brooding First Symphony.
Mexico & Spain
Saturday, November 19
Acclaimed violinist William Hagen, hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso” with “impeccable timing,” joins the DuPage Symphony to perform Édouard Lalo’s flamboyant Symphonie espagnole, written for the renowned Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate. Mr. Hagen recently appeared with both the Grant Park Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The first half of our program showcases music by Mexican composers: José Pablo Moncayo’s dramatic Tierra de Temporal; Carlos Chávez’s groundbreaking Sinfonía india, which incorporates indigenous folk tunes and percussion instruments; and Arturo Márquez’s ever-popular Danzón No. 2.
Family Concert
Sunday, December 18
Enjoy a fresh take on a beloved holiday favorite with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s jazz-inspired arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite: a “melting pot of musical styles past and present.” Colorful settings of treasured seasonal fare by the Boston Pops and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, plus medleys from well-known Hollywood movies – including Frozen and The Polar Express – round out this fun-filled program. Be on the lookout for a special holiday visitor as well. (He’s been known to Claus a scene and take over the Maestra’s podium!)

Watch & Listen

Wish you knew more about Brahms, Wagner, and Hindemith? Look no further! Dr. Wilson breaks down our October 15, 2022 concert into easy to understand sound bytes, what to listen for, and what made our German composers tick. Learn about the lives, loves, families, and controversies that characterize these monumental composers.

The German Masters

An Informative Video by Dr. Preston Wilson, Jr., music educator.


Want to follow along like a professional musician? Download this handout for additional insights into the music. (Courtesy of Dr. Preston Wilson, Jr.) ​

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