Recent Concerts

2015-2016 Concert Season

"In Nature's Realm"

We open the season with music inspired by the natural world. Before winter closes in, join us in remembering summer’s long days of relaxation, travel and good company.

Dvorák - In Nature’s Realm
Weber - Concertino for Clarinet
Mendelssohn - Fingal’s Cave
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Delius - Summer Evening
Bizet - Symphony in C Major

October 25, 2015
4:00 PM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School

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Joseph Favero Memorial Concert
"Do It Yourself Messiah"

December 19, 2015
7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
128 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Waukegan, Illinois

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Young People's Concert

This concert features a musical whodunit for narrator and orchestra. We get to know all the musical instruments of the orchestra as they are caught up in the mystery of “who killed the composer.”

Stookey - The Composer is Dead

Feb. 27, 2016
11:00 AM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School
Students free, adults $5 when accompanied by child

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"Greetings from Vienna"

Vienna is for many a birthplace of great music--- come and enjoy a feast of famous and lesser-known Viennese delights.

Schubert - Rosamunde Overture
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
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Brahms - Tragic Overture
Goldmark - Prelude to The Queen of Sheba
Strauss - Tales from the Vienna Woods

May 22, 2016
4:00 PM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School

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2014-2015 40th Anniversary Concert Season

40thGreetings from Prague

Myslivecek Sinfonia in D
Benda Flute Concerto in E minor
Mozart Finale from “Prague” Symphony
Zelenka Hipocondrie in A
Dvorak Symphony #8 in G

October 19, 2014
4:00 PM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School

Joseph Favero Memorial Concert
"Do It Yourself Messiah"

December 13, 2014
7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
128 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Waukegan, Illinois

Young People's Concert

Feb. 28, 2015
11:00 AM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School
Students free, adults $5 when accompanied by child

Beethoven Bash!

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Beethoven Romance in F for violin and orchestra
Beethoven Mass in C (with vocal soloists and 130-voice DePaul Community Chorus)

April 12, 2015
4:00 PM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School


2013-2014 Concert Season

Ancient LandsMusic from Ancient Lands

Featuring the “Egyptian” piano concerto of Saint-Saëns along with music from Spartacus, overtures by Handel and Schumann and the Grand March from Aida
October 20, 2013
4:00 PM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School

Joseph Favero Memorial Concert
"Do It Yourself Messiah"

December 21, 2013
7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
128 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Waukegan, Illinois
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Young People's Concert

Feb. 22, 2014
11:00 AM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School
Students free, adults $5 when accompanied by child

Mendelssohn on the Move
with Waukegan High School Orchestra

This all-Mendelssohn event features the beloved Violin Concerto played by violinist Adé Williams, music from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the “Scotch” Symphony--- plus
WSH students join us for his String Symphony in B Minor.
April 13, 2014
4:00 PM
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School


2012-2013 Concert Season

Ray BradburyBeyond Ordinary

music in memory of Ray Bradbury
October 21, 2012
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Joseph Favero Memorial Concert
"Do It Yourself Messiah"

December 15, 2012
7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
128 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Waukegan, Illinois
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Young People's Concert
Bring on the Brass!

March 9, 2013
11:00 AM
Waukegan High School
Students free, adults $5 when accompanied by child
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Sharing the Future...
with Waukegan High School Orchestra

April 14, 2013
4:00 PM
Waukegan High School
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2011-2012 Concert Season

four seasons"Fall" Concert

Schubert — Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
Vivaldi — “Autumn” from The Four Seasons
               featuring Cynthia Arden, violin
Tchaikovsky — Autumn Song: October
Diehnelt — Caprio for oboe & strings (world premiere)
Glazunov — “Autumn” from The Seasons ballet

October 23, 2011, at 4pm
Trapp Auditorium – Waukegan High School

Joseph Favero Memorial Concert

Corelli “Christmas Concerto” in G Minor
Handel Messiah: “Christmas” portion
Favorite Carols of the Season

December 17, 2011, at 7pm
First United
Methodist Church of Waukegan

"Winter" Concert
Russian Winter

Mozart — Sinfonia Concertante for Winds
featuring our WSO principals

Vivaldi — “Winter” from The Four Seasons
featuring Adé Williams, violin

Tchaikovsky — Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams”

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March 4, 2012, at 4pm
Trapp Auditorium – Waukegan High School

Orchestral Open-House

A special “Young People’s Concert” with your personal musical tour of the sections of the orchestra with “upstairs-downstairs” glimpses into the world of music making. A sure-fire family festival of sound!

April 14, 2012, at 11am
Trapp Auditorium – Waukegan High School

"Spring" Concert

May 20, 2012, at 4pm
Trapp Auditorium –
Waukegan High School

Vivaldi - "Spring" from The Four Seasons

Verdi - Four Seasons Ballet: Spring

Copland - Appalachian Spring

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2010-2011 Concert Season

(graphic)L’Chaim! – Gifts from Jewish Composers

Bernstein Candide Overture
Rubinstein Reve Angelique
Bruch Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra

featuringRacheli Galay, ‘cellist

Meyerbeer Struensee Overture
Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
Bock Fiddler on the Roof selections

October 24, 2010, at 4pm
Trapp Auditorium – Waukegan High School

Joseph Favero Memorial Concert

Corelli “Christmas Concerto” in G Minor
Handel Messiah: “Christmas” portion
Favorite Carols of the Season

December 18th, 2010, at 7pm
First United
Methodist Church of Waukegan

Musical Upstarts: Composers Break the Rules

Britten Simple Symphony
Busoni - Berceuse Elegiaque
Berlioz Roman Carnival
Ives/Schuman Variations on America
Shostakovich Symphony No. 1

March 6, 2011, at 4pm
Trapp Auditorium – Waukegan High School

Orchestral Open-House

A special “Young People’s Concert” with your personal musical tour of the sections of the orchestra with “upstairs-downstairs” glimpses into the world of music making. A sure-fire family festival of sound!

April 9, 2011, at 11am
Trapp Auditorium – Waukegan High School

Treasures Old and New

Beethoven – Creatures of Prometheus Overture
Mozart Symphony No 40
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2

featuringJamie Shaak, pianist

Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis

May 22, 2011, at 4pm
Trapp Auditorium –
Waukegan High School


2009-2010 Concert Season

Break the Mold: Beethoven 5
Mendelssohn – The Hebrides, Op. 26
Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto in A Minor
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
October 25, 2009, 4pm

Joseph Favero Memorial Concert
Handel – Messiah: “Christmas” portion
Corelli – “Christmas” Concerto in G Minor
Favorite Carols of the Season
December 19th, 2009, 7pm

American Spirit: Red, White and Blues
Barber – Second Essay for Orchestra
Grofé – Three Shades of Blue (1926)
Copland – Selections from Rodeo
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
featuring Jamie Shaak, pianist
March 7, 2010, 4pm

Waukegan’s Own plus “Tchaik 5”
Cherubini – Anacreon Overture
Bruch – Concerto for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra
featuring Howard Green, clarinet and Petra Zuckova, viola
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 in E minor
May 23, 2010, 4pm


2008-09 Season

Like the four seasons and the four points of the compass, the Four Elements have been cornerstones of human experience for centuries. The Greek classical elements (Earth, Water, Air and Fire) date from pre-Socratic times and persisted throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, deeply influencing European thought and culture. In 2008-2009, the Waukegan Symphony celebrates the mysteries of our natural world with its “Season of the Elements” in which the orchestra will explore the idea of each element in its own concert setting.

WATER
Water Music Concerto in F - Handel
Overture in C, “Water Music” – Telemann
The Moldau – Smetana
Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage – Mendelssohn
A Rainy Day Medley – Gold
October 12, 2008

AIR
Symphony No. 22, “The Philosopher” - Hadyn
Nuages from Nocturnes - Debussy
The Lark Ascending - V. Williams
Serenade for Winds, Op. 7 - R. Strauss
Gli uccelli (The Birds) – Respighi
November 23, 2008

EARTH
A Night on Bald Mountain – Moussorgsky
Caucasian Sketches – Ippolitov-Ivanov
“New World” Symphony – Dvořák
March 8, 2009

FIRE
Royal Fireworks Music - Handel
Symphony No. 59, “Fire” - Hadyn
Ritual Fire Dance - de Falla
Magic Fire Music - Wagner
The Firebird: Berceuse & Finale - Stravinsky
May 17, 2009