Barrington Students to Perform with the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra on November 14

  • The Negative Spaces Concert will take place on Nov. 14. In person and livestream tickets are available for purchase. For information, visit

    The Negative Spaces Concert will take place on Nov. 14. In person and livestream tickets are available for purchase. For information, visit Courtesy of Noel Childs

Updated 11/2/2021 12:38 PM

On Sunday, Nov. 14, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) returns to the stage of the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College for in-person performances, after a season of livestream only concerts.

EYSO opens its 46th season with "Negative Spaces," the first of three concerts in the FLIPPED Concert Series that examines how a shift in perspective can make a world of difference in music and life. EYSO, with members from approximately 70 communities, is one of the Chicago areas oldest and most respected youth orchestras.


The following students in EYSO are from Barrington or the surrounding area: Maggie Card, Reiker Cho, Kavya Gundlapalli, Lauren Johnson, Swara Maruvada, Quinn McCoy, Ethan Park, Kayden Petrik, Abhishek Ramakrishnan, Damian Sulikowski, Natalia Sulikowski, Tyler Thymian and Kenny Yeun.

"We invite you to join our wonderful musicians on Nov. 14, as they harness the power of both sound and silence in a stunning range of repertoire, from Debussy's evocative 'Clair de Lune'and the iconic film score of 'The Dark Knight' to Shostakovich's mighty Fifth Symphony," said Matthew Sheppard, EYSO artistic director.

EYSO will hold concerts at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m., with each concert featuring performances by different ensembles. For concert details and to purchase in-person and livestream tickets, visit

EYSO also invites you to an afternoon of livestream music, free, by the EYSO Chamber Music Institute on Sunday, Nov. 7. If you're new to classical music, these short, engaging chamber music performances at 12:45, 2 and 4:30 p.m. are a perfect introduction. Typically, about one-third of EYSO members are enrolled in the Chamber Music Institute, taking part in an ensemble experience that sharpens vital listening skills and provides further invaluable musicianship training.

The Illinois Council of Orchestras named EYSO the 2021 Youth Orchestra of the Year for excellence in the field of music performance. EYSO attracts a national reputation for providing not only an engaging musical experience for its students, but also a comprehensive learning environment that promotes curiosity, imagination, critical thinking, and collaboration through methods of inquiry and expert noticing.

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