2016 / 2017
Concert Season

"Music for The Bard" celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare

The WSO lifts a tankard to honor the most revered playwright in the English language with evocative music from Shakespeare’s time to our own.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7pm

Joseph Favero Memorial Concert

Do it Yourself Messiah
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7pm

Young People's Concert

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11am

"A Spirit Reborn"

We feature Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation” as our centerpiece for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Additional works by J. S. Bach and Martin Luther himself!

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7pm

Child's Play

Young People's Concert

Wolf-Ferrari - Overture to Suzanne's Secret
Vivaldi - Concerto for Two Trumpets
L. Mozart - Toy symphony
Bach - Concerto for Two Violins
Copland - Dance from Billy the Kid
Humperdinck - Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel
Gould - American Salute
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Bernstein - Candide Overture

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11am
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School

Students free, adults $5 when accompanied by child


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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