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12 noon – VIRTUAL EVENT – Brown Bag Lunch: History of Elgin Symphony Orchestra presented by Erik Malmquist

March 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is one of the preeminent regional orchestras in the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the organization has developed a reputation for artistic excellence, innovative programming, and a deep commitment to the social advocacy and economic development of the diverse communities that it serves.

Erik will speak about the development of the ESO from a community to a professional orchestra, with a particular focus on 1979 – present. He will also highlight the tenure of Grammy Award-winning conductor Margaret Hillis and how she may have influenced the rise of women conductors in the generations that followed her tenure.

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March 18
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT