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Tomell: What are a few of the other ESO season highlights in store?
Bearden: We [will] bring back one of [the] favorites – Natasha Paremski, a great pianist, … in February.
Handler: In November, we're bringing [back soprano] Laura Wilde – [a graduate of] the Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center.
Bearden: We're using our own musicians in two different concerts. [Concertmaster] Isabella Lippi will be performing the Bruch violin concerto on Jan. 11 to 13. And March 23 and 24, two of our horn [players], Greg Flint and Steven Replogle, are doing the Telemann concerto for two horns. We like to spotlight them because of their excellence.
Handler: A pops concert [will be] "A Night in Old Vienna." Andrew just loves to conduct these waltzes.
Bearden: The season finale will be Copland's Symphony No. 3. Everyone recognizes [its] "Fanfare for the Common Man." That's a nice way to end the season, with a very positive note.
If you go
WHAT: Elgin Symphony Orchestra season opener
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16
WHERE: The Hemmens, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
COST: Tickets start at $30 and people can save money by building their own subscription series.
INFO: 847-888-4000, ElginSymphony.Org