Elgin Symphony Orchestra to present exciting week of virtual events

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra invites classical music fans and those who would like to learn more about the musical genre to join in a free online series that includes a WFMT radio concert with Nicole Heaston.

Before the broadcast date, Heaston will be featured by the ESO’s Listeners Club at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, via Zoom and Facebook Live.

“Join us for a conversation with one of the most important sopranos on today’s operatic and concert stages,” the ESO stated in a news release. “The conversation will reflect on the recording of her upcoming recital broadcast as well as her illustrious career.”

Next in the Listeners Club will be Jessie Montgomery at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, via Facebook video. In this installment, the ESO will air its pre-recorded interview of Montgomery, a noted violinist and in-demand composer. Her work has appeared on the ESO’s “Quartet at the Café” program and can be heard on Heaston’s upcoming recital. This program is only available on the ESO Facebook page.

The WFMT broadcast begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

“You won’t want to miss this stunning evening of music,” the ESO stated. “Recorded earlier this month, featuring soprano Nicole Heaston, pianist Shannon McGinnis and members of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and presented in collaboration with the Ravinia Festival, this program presents music spanning 400 years.”

The program can be heard on WFMT at 98.7 FM or can be streamed at www.wfmt.com/listen.

A question-and-answer program featuring the ESO’s Maestro Andrew Grams starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, on Facebook Live.

Maestro Andrew Grams joins ESO Executive Director Erik Malmquist to answer questions about the ESO’s upcoming summer festival, “Fridays on the Farm.”

Submit a question for Grams by sending a note to e.malmquist@elginsymphony.org.

This program is available via the Elgin Symphony Facebook page.

To learn more, call 847-888-4000, email boxoffice@elginsymphony.org or visit www.elginsymphony.org.