The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform “A Night at the Movies” at the Arcada on June 29

The award-winning Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra offers an evening full of film music and magic at the Arcada Theater in downtown St. Charles.

The Youth Symphony, EYSO’s flagship orchestra for advanced high school musicians, will perform “A Night at the Movies” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

Film scores made for Hollywood by distinguished contemporary composers (think John Williams and Howard Shore) will be performed alongside classic selections from German composer Richard Strauss and American favorite Leonard Bernstein.

Moviegoers of all ages will enjoy unforgettable music from hit movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “West Side Story,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” “Casablanca,” and more.

The event at the Arcada Theater aligns with EYSO’s mission to enrich the lives of young musicians, and the lives of families, schools, communities and beyond, through the performance of great music.

“The enormous regional appeal of the Arcada Theater provides EYSO with an exciting opportunity to bring orchestral music to new audiences,” said Eric Larson, Executive Director of EYSO.


EYSO, with 300 members from 70 communities, is an ensemble-in-residence at Elgin Community College where they traditionally perform three concerts per season at the Blizzard Theatre.

Entering its 47th season, EYSO has a national reputation for providing students with an engaging musical experience and a comprehensive learning environment that fosters curiosity, imagination, and critical thinking.

The Illinois Council of Orchestras recently awarded EYSO three prestigious awards: Orchestra of the Year, Conductor of the Year (in honor of Artistic Director Matthew Sheppard), and Programming of the Year. .

Tickets are $25 or $12 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available exclusively from EYSO and can be purchased at

On the day of the concert, dine onsite or out at Gia Mia, moto imoto, and Kimmer’s Ice Cream. They generously agreed to donate a percentage of their proceeds on the 29th to EYSO. You must mention EYSO when ordering. You do not need to attend the concert to support EYSO in these establishments.

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