be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more
devotedly than ever before.” Leonard Bernstein on the death of President
around the nation are responding to the recent tragic terrorist attacks that
took place in Paris on Friday, November 13 with music, heartfelt commentary,
and moments of silence. (League of American Orchestras)
Symphony Orchestra will participate in this response by performing “La
Marseillaise,” the national anthem of France, this weekend. The piece will be performed at the beginning
of ESO’s “French Connection with Isabella Lippi” concerts on November 21 and 22
at the Hemmens Cultural Center of Elgin. Other pieces on the program include
Adams’ Tromba Lontana (distant
trumpet), Chausson’s Poème, Berlioz’s
Rêverie et caprice and Sibelius’
Symphony No. 2. Music Director Andrew Grams will conduct and Concertmaster
Isabella Lippi performs as the violin soloist.
Thursday, November 11th at the Sears Centre Arena! Tacos -N- Tchaikovsky promises to be a fun-filled night of tacos,
margaritas, and great music headlined by the Elgin Symphony Chamber Ensemble
performing classic pieces from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, and
more! Tickets are available here:http://goo.gl/AxbFtz
ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S French Connection with Isabella Lippi
ESO Concertmaster, Isabella Lippi
November 21 & 22, 2015
Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Isabella Lippi takes the stage under the
direction of ESO Music Director Andrew Grams for the orchestra’s upcoming
classical concerts on November 21 and 22, 2015 at the Hemmens Cultural Center
in Elgin. The concert will feature a
piece by an American composer, John Adams.
Music Director Andrew Grams has programmed an American piece on every
concert program. Adams’ Tromba Lontana (distant trumpet) was written as a
fanfare. Audience members will be
pleasantly surprised at both the beauty and stillness of this fanfare.
Also on the
concert are two beautifully composed French pieces, Chausson’s Poèm and Berlioz’s Rêverie et Caprice. For both
of these pieces, violinist Isabella Lippi
performsin the style of a French
impressionist. Layers of passionate and beautiful sound will transform the
Hemmens into a panoramic view of the French countryside. The Sibelius Symphony
No. 2 is a four movement piece with a “grandiose” finish! Some call this piece
the “Symphony of Independence” because at the time it was written, Finland was
struggling to find their independence.
Don’t miss the “Musically Speaking Pre-concert Chats” where Andrew Grams
will speak about all of the pieces and the meaning behind them.
Violinist Isabella Lippi, who has been called
"a standout, even among virtuosos," began performing in public at the
age of 10 when she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has
since performed in numerous recitals and has appeared as guest soloist with
orchestras in the United States, Mexico, Europe and the Far East. Ms. Lippi has been a featured artist on a number
of radio stations throughout the United States including WQXR in New York, WNIB
in Chicago and KFAC in Los Angeles; and in a nationally distributed educational
program entitled Encounters. She is featured on a CD on the Koch International
label which contains complete works for violin and piano and the solo works by
the late composer, Miklos Rozsa. Born in
Chicago, Isabella Lippi's teacher have included Robert Lipsett at the
University of Southern California, Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School and
Almita and Roland Vamos in Chicago.
An audience favorite and graduate of the The Juilliard School and the
Curtis Institute of Music, Andrew Grams
is one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors and has
already appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world. Andrew Grams was recently named “2015
Conductor of the Year” by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Andrew’s style of conducting is exciting, dynamic
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra
experience is unmatched for a fun, relaxing, cultural experience. Patrons can enjoy a drink, time with friends
and even shopping in the lobby of the Hemmens Cultural Center. After Saturday night performances, the
audience is invited to “Mingle with the Musicians” at the local restaurant,
Elgin Public House. From start to finish
– the ESO brings world class, big city entertainment without the hassles of the
The ESO’s French Connection with Isabella Lippi will be performed at the
Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Saturday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, November 22nd at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets start at only $30 and can be purchased through the ESO Box
Office (847-888-4000) or by visiting www.elginsymphony.orghttp://www.elginsymphony.org.
Actor-conductor Damon Gupton is in Elgin this weekend to help a buddy bring some seasonal sounds to town.
friends with Elgin Symphony Orchestra Maestro Andrew Grams, will be
narrating "The Composer Is Dead," the final piece in the "Musical Chills
and Thrills" concert performances Halloween Saturday and Sunday. The
bill also includes Arnold's "Tam O'Shanter Overture," Saint-Saëns'
"Danse Macabre," Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette" and
Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain."
"The Composer Is Dead" is a wry children's story/murder mystery
about the killing of a composer in which the musical instruments are the
main suspects. It's told through the music of Nathaniel Stookey and a
story by children's book author Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler).
said the piece has things in common with works such as "Peter and the
Wolf" which introduce components of an orchestra to a young audience.
"It's sort of fantastical," Gupton said.
will be the second time he has narrated the tale with Grams conducting,
the first being summer 2014 with the Grant Park Orchestra outdoor in
"Andy picked the piece. He thought it was campy and a challenge for the orchestra. It's great and a lot of fun," Gupton said.
and Grams were suitemates and only acquaintances in New York City while
attending the Juilliard School in the late 1990s, where Gupton was
studying acting and Grams was studying music and conducting.
was a pretty intense program, and sometimes you'd be trying to take
naps, and (Grams) would be practicing French horn in his dorm room,
playing Wagner and Mahler," Gupton said.
The two men didn't really
become friends until about three years after Juilliard when both were
studying conducting at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
maybe said two words to each other during our four years at Juilliard,
but out in Aspen I thought, he's actually cool," Gupton said.
that time, Gupton was on two career paths — conducting, which he studied
as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and acting, which
came about from an interest in the works of August Wilson and Lorraine
Hansberry and performing in theater in college.
A Detroit native
and trombonist, Gupton was planning to continue his music studies at
Michigan, but when he didn't get a spot in the graduate conductor's
program, and having not applied to other schools, he opted to audition
for Juilliard's acting program.
"It turned out not getting into
the music program at Michigan was the best thing that could have
happened," Gupton said. "I took the time to attend drama school, and
figured why not give acting a shot, too."
As such, Gupton's dual
resume includes a fellowship with the Houston Symphony, being assistant
conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, appearances with many other
symphonies and leading the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra on a national tour.
work in theater includes appearing as the male lead opposite Phylicia
Rashad in New York in the world premiere of Tracey Scott Wilson's "The
Story" and in the Broadway cast of the Pulitzer and Tony winning
Chicago-based drama "Clybourne Park."
Like many an actor who was
calling New York home, Gupton recalled one of his first television roles
was on "Law and Order" where he played a chauffeur who was a prime
suspect in a murder.
"I wanted him to be guilty," Gupton said.
said his most recent TV roles were as a lawyer (on the WE TV drama "The
Divide") and as detectives on NBC's "Prime Suspect," Fox's "Empire" and
on NBC's "The Player."
On that mystery drama set in Las Vegas,
Gupton was portraying the best friend of the lead character. The show's
loose ends apparently will remain untied, though, as the cast recently
learned the season had been cut from the 13 ordered episodes to just
nine, Gupton said, effectively canceling the run of a show that was
drawing 7-8 million viewers each week.
Between projects now, he
said he hopes to find more conducting opportunities. He also may work
with Rashad on a stage production of August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black
Bottom" in L.A. and will be in the next film from writer-director Damien
Chazelle. Gupton appeared in Chazelle's "Whiplash," for which J.K.
Simmons won a best supporting actor Oscar as a bullying jazz music
The movie took some heat from critics for how it
portrayed the worlds of jazz and music school, but Gupton said, "The
movie was always about a fantasy. It's based on one guy's (Chazelle's)
heightened experience. It is a bit extreme, but it's about obsession and
While obsession can be scary, of his own frightful
experiences as a conductor, Gupton said the closest would be when the
score wasn't on the stand one time (and had to be retrieved backstage)
or the occasional pages of music sticking together.
"If there were a ghost (at a performance), it might be fun and in the moment," he said.
probably are just a bit more superstitious than musicians, Gupton said.
That includes a friend who is with Chicago's Steppenwolf who once asked
Gupton to walk outside and around a theater where Gupton inadvertently
said "Macbeth" backstage, which is supposed to invoke a curse on the
As for Chicago itself, Gupton said he wouldn't mind
performing with one of its acclaimed theaters, but for the Midwest's
THE ELGIN SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA’S Musical Chills & Thrills
October 31 & November
Damon Gupton will indeed join Andrew Grams and the Elgin Symphony
Orchestra for this fun Halloween concert weekend. Due to Gupton’s scheduling conflicts for his
role on NBC’s The Player, ESO previously announced that he would not be able to
narrate at the concerts on October 31 and November 1. However, this is show business and things change all the time! Damon is BACK on the schedule for the Musical Chills & Thrills ESO concert
weekend. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is
happy to welcome critically acclaimed T.V. and movie actor Damon Gupton to the
Hemmens stage on October 31 and November 1.
The Elgin Symphony
Orchestra will perform spooky, exciting and hilariously funny music this
Halloween weekend! Audience favorite, Maestro
Andrew Grams leads you through hair-raising, short classical pieces at this
casual concert. A friend of Grams’ from
the Juilliard School, Damon Gupton, will also narrate the witty and funny orchestra
instrument tutorial The Composer is Dead.
The Composer Is Dead is a murder mystery about the killing of a
composer. It takes place in an orchestra, and also is designed to help explain
all of the instruments of the orchestra to the audience in a very clever and
comical way. The music is by composer
Nathaniel Stookey and the story is by the famous author, Lemony Snicket. Damon
Gupton narrates this tale that is hilariously funny!
pieces featured are Arnold’s Tam
O’Shanter Overture, Saint-Saëns’ Danse
Macabre, Gounod’s Funeral March of a
Marionette and Mussorgsky’s Night on
Musical Chills and Thrills concert
consists of shorter pieces and a more casual atmosphere. Patrons can shop in the lobby of the Hemmens,
bring a beverage into the theater and mingle with other patrons. The Musical
Chills and Thrills concert features a full orchestra in a concert with
spooky and hilariously funny music.
and conductor Damon Gupton is best known for his roles in NBC’s The Player,
Suits, Empire, The Divide, Whiplash, Law and Order and Unfaithful! Damon is a graduate from The Juilliard School
and also has a background in musical conducting.
audience favorite and graduate of the Julliard School and the Curtis Institute
of Music, Andrew Grams is one of
America’s most promising and talented young conductors and has already appeared
with many of the great orchestras of the world.
A frequent traveler, Mr. Grams has worked extensively with orchestras
abroad, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra,
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Orchestre
National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchester der Beethovenhalle
Bonn, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal
Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC
National Orchestra of Wales, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony
Orchestras, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa
Cecillia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra,
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,
and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
Recently, cellist Lynn Harrell likened Grams to the conducting capacity
to that of Ricardo Muti and James Levine.
Elgin Symphony Orchestra experience is unmatched for a fun, relaxing, cultural
experience. Patrons can enjoy a drink,
time with friends and even shopping in the lobby of the Hemmens Cultural
Center. After Saturday night
performances, the audience is invited to “Mingle with the Musicians” at the
local restaurant, Elgin Public House.
From start to finish – the ESO brings world class, big city entertainment
without the hassles of the big city.
ESO’s Musical Chills & Thrills will
be performed at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Saturday, October 31st
at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 1st at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at only $30 and can be
purchased through the ESO Box Office (847-888-4000) or by visiting www.elginsymphony.org.
Student tickets are available for $10 (plus a city tax) by calling the Box
Office at 847-888-4000. Must show
student I.D. when picking up the ticket.
October 16, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts
October 17, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
October 18, 2015 / 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center
Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Dundee-Crown High School Chamber Choir under the direction of Lisa Bettcher.
Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra (Fanfare from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
Silvestri – Suite from Back to the FutureCuster –Star Trek Through the Years
Giacchino –Star Trek Into Darkness
Horner –Suite No. 1 from AliensWilliams –Close Encounters of the Third KindStrauss –Blue Danube Waltz (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Williams –Music from Star Wars
This sci-fi concert connects you to music that brings science fiction to life. Hear music from si-fi classics such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future and more!