ELGIN, ILL.—The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) recently hosted more than 3,000 concertgoers with its “Let It Snow” holiday concerts on Dec. 15-16. The Sunday concert was literally sold out—not one seat was left open. Patrons were waiting in line, anxious for the news that someone had turned in their ticket, thus opening up a seat.
From the Christmas-themed balloon sculptures to the family photography station to the Elgin Children’s Chorus in festive attire holding candles during the “Silent Night” sing-a-long, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts gave each audience member a magical start to the holiday season.
This is the first sold-out concert the ESO has seen in recent years, and it’s just the latest in a series of expanding concert attendance for the ESO events at the Hemmens Cultural Center.
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra also announced at the “Let It Snow” concerts that an anonymous donor will match up to $150,000 through the end of 2012.
“Let It Snow”, featured a new voice to the roster of ESO guest artists: Rachel DeShon, named “Seattle’s Littlest Diva.” ESO patrons were entranced as DeShon graced the stage in a red dress and ended the program with her signature song, “O Holy Night.” DeShon has been featured with Marvin Hamlisch, and was scheduled to tour with him in 2012 before his untimely death. DeShon was recently featured with the Seattle Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.
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