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Elgin Symphony Orchestra board makes fundraising plea to complete season

Award-winning ESO seeks financial boost

Award-winning Music Director Andrew Grams conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, which has put out a plea for financial support to keep the longtime cultural gem alive.
Award-winning Music Director Andrew Grams conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, which has put out a plea for financial support to keep the longtime cultural gem alive.

The Board of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra met March 29 and agreed to aggressively raise the funds needed for the ESO to finish the 2017-18 season featuring closing concerts May 5 and 6.

The 67-year-old cultural gem, recognized nationally as a premier regional symphony orchestra, is in imminent danger of having to suspend operations indefinitely due to lack of funding, according to a March 30 news release. It noted that ESO board and staff continue to work on short-term and long-term solutions to the financial limitations, including ongoing discussions with the orchestra's union representatives.

“We remain dedicated to the ESO and are taking all reasonable steps to save the orchestra; your assistance, ideas, cooperation and, most importantly, donations are welcome,” ESO Board Chairman Richard Resseguie stated in the release.

For generations, the ESO has been a committed community partner leaving an indelible mark on the western suburbs, the release stated.

Donations can be made on the website at elginsymphony.org or by calling 847-888-0404, visiting the office at 20 DuPage Court, Elgin, IL 60120 or by mailing a check to that address. Monthly giving programs are available. IRA distributions, corporate matching, gifts of appreciated stocks and securities can be arranged by calling Niesa Patton, director of development, at 847-888-0404. Contributions to the nonprofit ESO are tax deductible.

"Given the unwavering support of Music Director Andrew Grams, ESO musicians, staff, trustees and especially the loyal ESO patrons, the board will continue to search for a financial solution that benefits all those the ESO serves," the release stated.

The new season had been planned to begin Sept. 15 and would be the professional orchestra's 68th. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented four times – in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016.

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