The Elgin Symphony Orchestra Listeners Club is hosted by lecturer and music historian Jim Kendros, and ESO violinist/Education Manager Wendy Evans.
Jim has facilitated ESO’s “Musically Speaking” pre-concert conversations since February, 2008. A professional composer with over 200 works to his credit, his Wheaton Sinfonia was premiered by members of the Houston Symphony. Jim is also the pre-concert lecturer for the Lake Forest Symphony and the Northbrook Symphony and is a frequent guest lecturer for Music of the Baroque.
As personnel manager of the ESO, Wendy manages the musicians, hire substitutes, run auditions, and submits payroll. As the Education and Community Outreach Manager of the ESO, Wendy has increased the attendance of ESO’s youth concert series, started the “Listeners Club” for adults to study concert repertoire in depth before each of the Classics Series concerts, and manages the Musicians Care program at Sherman Hospital.
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Listeners Club started in 2011 as a group of 17 avid ESO fans who love great music and are thirsty for more information about it. Due to its popularity, the group continues to grow in number and currently hosts on average about 50 people. Meetings are on the Wednesday before a concert weekend and take place at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin from 1 to 3 pm. In the meeting, the charismatic Jim Kendros leads a lecture/discussion about the music to be performed by the ESO. Maestro Andrew Grams is a frequent visitor as are internationally-renowned guests, artists and ESO musicians. Attendance is free, and everyone is welcome. Register by following this link: http://www.elginsymphony.org/machforms/view.php?id=2323
Click on ‘SHOWS’ in the right column of this page to view the days and time of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Listeners Club scheduled broadcasts.