2017 / 2018
Concert Season

“Italia Mia” Celebrating the life and legacy of Joe Favero

Our own Italian festival, including the Boccherini Cello Concerto with cellist Steven Sigurdson and favorite tenor arias with Cornelius Johnson.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4pm

Joseph Favero Memorial Concert

Do it Yourself Messiah
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7pm

"Young People's Concert - It's a Family Affair"

A talented North Shore family joins us to present The Carnival of the Animals, music for cello and more.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11am

"The Germanic Tradition"

Works of German and Austrian masters, including
Strauss Horn Concerto #1
Brahms Symphony #1

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 4pm

Young People's Concert

A talented North Shore family joins us to perform The Carnival of the Animals, music for cello and more.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
11:00 AM

Trapp Auditorium
Waukegan High School
Students free, adults $5 when accompanied by child


Treat yourself to an entire season of wonderful concerts or get involved with your neighborhood symphony!
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Founded in 1974, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is a true “community” orchestra with over fifty devoted musicians of all ages, ethnicities and varying levels of musical experience. Under the direction of Music Director Stephen Blackwelder, the WSO presents four subscription concerts each season, as well as additional offerings of chamber music, community outreach and educational programs. Our main concerts are presented at Waukegan High School’s Trapp Auditorium — ticket prices are reasonable and there’s plenty of free parking. We invite the residents of Waukegan and surrounding Lake County to re-discover one of the area’s flagship cultural institutions.


JOIN US! Why play in an orchestra? Our members play with us for a variety of reasons—some of them remember how much they enjoyed music in high school or college. Some have always been in musical groups and others are just discovering what happens when a group of completely diverse individuals join their unique talents together. Some enjoy “losing themselves” in something larger than their everyday worries or responsibilities…and they often find themselves enlarged and enlivened in the process.

Illinois Arts Council Waukegan Park District