Barrington’s White House offers outstanding performances and cultural events. Each season, we’ll host some of the most renowned artists and speakers in the world. For ticketing information, see the calendar below.
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Join us as The Elgin Symphony principal players perform one of the ultimate masterpieces of chamber music—Octet in E-flat Major for Strings, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn. Composed by Mendelssohn at age 16, even Mozart did not create a work of such exquisite perfection by this time in his creative life. The ensemble will also perform String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra brings world-class, big-city entertainment without the hassles of the big city.
Named “Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, (1988,1999, 2005 and 2016) and winner of a 2010 Elgin Image Award, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 67th season, is respected for exceptional performance, innovative education programs, and community outreach initiatives.
Founded in 1950 by Douglas Steensland at Elgin Community College, the Orchestra has benefited from the contributions of many talented conductors and musicians during its sixty-three-year history.
Believing music and the arts have the power to inspire individuals, support communities, and enrich society, the ESO launched Elgin: Home for the Holidays, and has partnered on other events with Rotary International, Feeding Greater Elgin, Sherman Hospital, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and local Chamber of Commerce. Its community programs include Kidz Konzertz, now called Ainsworth Concerts for Youth, The ESO Musicians Care Program, The Music Heals program with Alexian Brothers Health System, and a partnership with Gail Borden Public Library to provide free Family Concerts, and the extension of its Listeners Club to the Greenfields of Geneva.
As one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors, ANDREW GRAMS has already appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world including the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., and others in the United States. Internationally, he has conducted the Montreal Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Melbourne Symphony, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Rome, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, the Hamburg Symphony, and the Malmo Symphony to name a few.
The ESO invites you to stay for a reception following the concert.