Relive the 60s as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Jeans ‘n Classics perform ‘Sgt. Pepper’ February 18-20

Ask a group of musicologists to describe The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, and you’ll hear a litany of startling descriptors: psychedelic, avant-garde, art rock.

Heralded as the beginning of the “album era” and heralded as the first example of pop music elevated to fine art level, “Sgt. Pepper” draws on a collage of musical genres and highlights a wide range of instruments.

This complexity is what makes it the perfect mix for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Jeans ‘n Classics.

Featuring music from ESO, Jeans ‘n Classics will perform music from this legendary Beatles album at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Friday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. and at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Saturday, February 19 at 7 p.m. 3:30 a.m. and Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m.

Tickets for Skokie’s show ($18 to $46) can be obtained at or by calling the North Shore Center box office at (847) 673-6300.

Tickets for performances at Hemmens (Gold: $65; Green: $30) are available at the ESO box office, 20 DuPage Court, Elgin, or by phone at (847) 888-4000, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. h on weekdays. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Masks and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination are required for all participants.

Student tickets are $10 and youth under 18 are $10 with the purchase of an adult ticket. Those who subscribe to three or more ESO performances at the Hemmens Cultural Center by May will receive $5 off the price of each adult ticket.


Upcoming ESO concerts will include: Mozart’s “Requiem” with guest conductor Matthew Halls, with soprano Amanda Forsythe, mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, tenor James Reese and bass-baritone Jonathan Woody, and The Adrian Dunn Singers with Music Director Adrian Dunn, March 5-6 at Hemmens; “Old American Songs” with guest conductor José Luis Gomez and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, featuring the overture to Barber’s “The School for Scandal”, Copland’s “Old American Songs” and Symphony No. 9 from Dvorák, from the “New World” on April 2 and 3; and “Mariachi!”, featuring guest conductor Arturo Rodríguez with guest artists Mariachi Acero from April 30 to May 1.

The season will end with “Scheherazade on the Farm” featuring a return by conductor Andrew Grams and featuring Robert Everson on timpani with the timpani concerto “Raise the Roof” by Daugherty and “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov, op. 35 on June 11 and 12 at Goebbert’s in Pingree Grove.

90.9 FM WDCB is the media sponsor of these performances, which are also partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

Founded in 1950 and became a fully professional ensemble in 1985, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra has a long history of showcasing the works of world-renowned conductors, composers and musicians and promoting the advancement women in the arts. Founded in 1950 as a community orchestra, ESO became a professional ensemble in 1985, largely through the leadership of the late Margaret Hillis, who served as ESO’s Music Director from 1971 to 1985. Hillis was l ‘one of the first women to break into the male-dominated world of orchestral conducting and is credited with being the driving force behind the founding of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Association, the formation of the ESO League and the beginning of the ESO’s outreach to young people. through concerts for school children.

Today, the ESO continues to draw creativity and artistry from the Elgin area and gives back to the community through performances by ensemble members at local hospitals and nursing homes, free Listeners experiences Club and public rehearsals.

ESO has been named Orchestra of the Year four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras (1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016).

The ESO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. To learn more or to support ESO, visit

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