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

OP/RF Symphony

MARCH 19, 2017 at 4 PM

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

Maurice Boyer, Conductor

LALO - Symphonie espagnole, mov't I
Sophia Kreider, Concerto Competition Winner

BERWALD - Estrella de Soria Overture

SIBELIUS - Luonnotar

GRIEG - Peer Gynt Suite
concert version arr.
M. Boyer for orchestra and choir
Nathalie Colas, soprano      Eric Wallbruch, narrator


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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.


Sophia Kreider, 15, is a sophomore at Oak Park & River Forest High School. She has been studying violin with Jennifer Cappelli for nine years. As a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras for five years, Sophia has been a concertmaster in the Debut and Concert Orchestras and is currently playing with the Symphony Orchestra. Her recent accolade includes co-winning her high school's concerto competition. Sophia was a 2017 participant of the Illinois Music Education Association's All-State Orchestra, and she plays frequently at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest.

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.