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Russian Tea

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Executive Chef Douglas Yeomans comes to the table with over 25 years of high end culinary experience. He has worked with many celebrity chefs throughout his career as well as catering to a multitude of celebrities and corporate power houses. Chef Doug has catered and designed menus for President Obama as well as other celebrities such as; Pamela Anderson, Anna Nicole Smith and Kid Rock. He has had an extensive culinary career which has given him opportunities to run multiple establishments including; several successful Italian & Latin restaurants, multiple high end steakhouses, country clubs, suites at Arlington International and Churchill Downs horse tracks as well as managing all of American Airlines 1st Class international business out of O'Hare International Airport for several years. Chef has also been a professional culinary instructor for over 7 years.

Chef Doug is classically trained in French cuisine and graduated at the top of his class, but also rounds out his repertoire with a Pastry degree which gives him amazing versatility and depth in his dishes and menus. A seasoned chef, he loves to share his passion and extensive knowledge about food with every client he has the opportunity to work with. A chef who's comfortable serving not only high volume events but intimate functions as well, where his eye for detail and creative spark are sure to provide a culinary journey you and your guests will never forget. Chef Doug owns Tarragon Catering, a full service catering company specializing in a unique ability to provide a special and memorable experience for each and every event.

As a well-known public speaker in the Chicagoland area, Jim Kendros has lectured for corporations, community centers, libraries, senior facilities, and groups of all kinds. In addition to leading the ESO Listeners Club, Mr. Kendros is the Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Lake Forest Symphony and the Northbrook Symphony. He is also a composer and performer on piano and rare period instruments. For more information, visit jimkendrosmusic.com

Learn about Russian arts during the 19th and early 20th centuries, experience a Russian tea party, enjoy the music of Russian composers, and more at Passport to Russia, fun and informative programs exploring Russian culture presented by the Gail Borden Public Library, The Elgin History Museum and others, all designed to enhance your enjoyment at Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) concerts during their 2016-17 season. The ESO is presenting a Russian composer on each of their Classics Series concerts, which include works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and more. Program participants must note their attendance at a class/event on a “Passport” available online at Gailborden.info/Russia, and at Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts. Anyone who attends at least five (5) programs, which may include four (4) ESO concerts, will be invited to a reception, backstage tour and open rehearsal at the Hemmens Cultural Center on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Completed passports must be presented at that time with a name and email address and will be included in the grand prize drawing. One grand prize winner and guest will have a special lunch with ESO Music Director Andrew Grams. For more information, visit ElginSymphony.Org or gailborden.info/Russia.

Now in its 66th season, the ESO offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented four times - in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016 - and works to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. Area student musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts and patrons can purchase gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Pre-concert chats are given by Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before most performances and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at the Elgin Public House. In addition, free Listeners Club lecture/discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered before ESO Classics Series concert weekends on Wednesdays at 1 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library. Flex passes are available for purchase so that you can choose your concerts at a later date based on your own schedule. And if a patron can’t make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a $5 fee. The ESO is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. For more information, see ElginSymphony.org

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