The Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents “Old American Songs” April 2-3

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra hosts Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green and Venezuelan-born Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez when they perform “Old American Songs” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday April 2 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at the Hemmens Cultural Centre, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

The program also includes Barber’s Overture to the School of Scandal and Symphony No. 9, Op. 95, B. 178, E minor “From the New World”. A pre-concert talk with the conductor will take place one hour before each concert.

Green has performed at prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington National Opera and the Theater an der Wein, and has been a guest soloist with several American Symphonies. In 2020, he made his debut with Columbus Opera for a digital residency and broadcast the stage version of his bestseller: “Sing for Your Life”. The book, published in 2016 and a New York Times bestseller, details Green’s personal and artistic journey from his time in the Virginia juvenile detention center to his rise to the Met stage.

Maestro Gomez is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Gomez began his musical career as a violinist. He came to international attention when he received first prize at the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010, achieving a sensational and rare unanimous decision from the jury, and leading to his appointment as assistant conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his performance at ESO, he also conducts in Belgium, and with the Colorado Symphony and Pacific Symphony Orchestra during the 2021-22 season.

Tickets are available at the ESO box office, 20 DuPage Court, Elgin, by phone at (847) 888-4000 or at Youth and student tickets are $10; adult tickets cost between $35 and $65.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for all participants; masks are optional.

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