The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest~85 Years Great!

OP/RF Symphony

April 30, 2017 at 4PM
CENTRAL EUROPEAN DELIGHTS

At the Dominican University Performing Arts Center.
Lund Auditorium, 7900 West Division Street, River Forest

WEBER - Der Freischutz Overture

DVORAK - Slavonic Dances, Op.72, Nos. 5-8

BRAHMS  - Violin Concerto David Taylor, soloist


 

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Stand With your Symphony!

To benefit The Symphony's Youth Directive, which supports free concert tickets for students, our concerto competition, and most importantly, our string intern program, we present 'STAND' With Your Symphony.
Local artists have created mosaic music stands for you to win! Wouldn't you enjoy having one in your home?
Please purchase tickets at our concerts or mail us a check!
PDF with complete details can be downloaded HERE.

David Taylor David Taylor joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster in 1979. Born in Canton, Ohio, he first studied violin with his father beginning at the age of 4, and later continued his studies with Margaret Randall and Rafael Druian at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He later studied with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School, where he received both bachelor and master's degrees. He became a member of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1974 as a first violinist. With the Chicago Symphony he has made numerous solo appearances, including performances with Sir Georg Solti. He also has served as acting-concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony and Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony.

David is the Concertmaster of the ArsViva Chamber Orchestra. As a lover of chamber music he often performs in recitals and solo performances in the Chicagoland area, at Ravinia and on WFMT. He performs often with the Pressenda Trio with fellow CSO cellist Gary Stucka and pianist Andrea Swan. He is also a frequent soloist with the regions local orchestras. He teaches privately, at the Moody Bible Institute and at Roosevelt University. A frequent coach of orchestral violinists he has students in orchestras across the U.S. and Japan. David lives in downtown Chicago and is married to another violinist, Michelle Wynton. He plays a J.B. Guadagnini violin made in 1744.

 

Look to the Future. Celebrate the Present. Remember the Past

The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest, founded in 1931 by Gladys Welge, is one of the oldest community orchestras in the country. Originally a "Sunday School orchestra" at a church in Oak Park, in its early years the orchestra played for church services and gave concerts. By 1933, the fledgling orchestra had grown in size and began to perform major works from the symphonic repertoire.


The orchestra gave concerts continuously, with no break, throughout the decades of the 20th century and into the early years of the 21st century, surviving economic upheavals such as the Great Depression, World War II, the rock and roll revolution, and changing tastes and mores.Some of the factors in the success of this community orchestra are:

  1. The artistic vision and musical leadership of its conductors.

  2. The dedicated and talented amateurs, semiprofessionals and professionals who play in the orchestra, attend rehearsals each week and practice at home.

  3. The support of the boards of directors and community.

  4. The geographical and collegial proximity to Chicago, which has had a positive influence in many ways, especially the connections with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, from whose ranks a number of our conductors and soloists have come.

We are counting on you to help secure the future of your Symphony!

Make your tax-deductible donation via PalPal or mail your check to:
S/OP&RF - P.O. Box 3564 - Oak Park, IL - 60303-3564

Contribution categories:
$1,000+ Sforzando
$500-999 Crescendo
$250-499 Fortissimo
$100-249 Forte
$50-99 Mezzo-forte
$25-49 Accents

 

 


The mission of the SYMPHONY of Oak Park & River Forest is three-fold:

  • To provide the opportunity for orchestral and vocal musicians to perform symphonic works together at the highest possible level of artistry;
  • To provide the opportunity for all of the members of our diverse local community to experience symphonic music in live performances of high quality; and
  • To foster the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of symphonic music by present and future generations.

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All performances are held at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center. Lund Auditorium is located at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest. Each concert begins at 4:00 pm, with pre-concert conversations with David Leehey at 3:00 pm and seating at 3:30. Tickets can be purchased from Dominican University online, by calling 708-488-5000, or at the door.