Waukegan, Illinois (November 16, 2023) – The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra presents Love, Italian Style on Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 4pm to 6pm at the Orlin Trapp Auditorium, located at 2325 Brookside Avenue on Waukegan High School’s Brookside Campus. The concert will feature Michael Hall as the viola soloist during Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.
Michael Hall is an international soloist, recording artist, teacher, and passionate commissioner and curator of music by living composers. He has over 120 compositions written for him, performed for three former American presidents and the King of Thailand, and is the Co-Artistic Director and Director of Education of the Bandung Philharmonic, the first professional orchestra in Indonesia. This position blossomed into creating educational and musical outreach programs in orphanages and refugee centers.
Established in 1974, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra is led by Music Director Alexander Platt. The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra provides a unique performance opportunity for more than 55 devoted musicians of varying ages and levels of musical experience. Throughout the season, concerts will feature guest soloists from around the country.
A ticket is required to attend the concert. The following ticket options are available:
- Students and Children (18 years and younger): Free
- Students (19 years and older): $10
- Seniors (62 years and older)/Active Military Personnel/Veterans: $15
- Adults: $20
The concert is supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Waukegan Arts Council and sponsorships from Kaiser, Shepherd & Nakon, P.C., Harry E. Came, and Scott and Roxanne Swanson.
Season tickets are available at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. More information, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, is available at waukeganparks.org/wsocc.
About the Waukegan Park District
Established on December 26, 1916, the Waukegan Park District (WPD) has 53 properties and more than 742 acres of land, including the 18-hole Bonnie Brook and 9-hole Greenshire Golf Courses. Properties are managed to the highest environmental and conservation standards. Facilities operated by the WPD include the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center, Waukegan’s Greg Petry SportsPark, Waukegan Skate Park, BMX Track, SplashZone, Percussion Playground, recreational centers, disc golf course, dog exercise area and agility course, outdoor sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, splash pads, and sports courts including basketball, tennis and pickleball. A full range of programs and services are offered year-round for all ages, from infants to seniors, as well as special need populations. Healthy lifestyles, wellness initiatives, and a connection with the outdoors and nature are integrated throughout programs, services, and special events. Arts and cultural activities are provided by the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus, and the Waukegan History Museum. We offer something for everyone!
A member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), and the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA), the WPD employs 73 full-time and 219 part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees and is recognized by the IPRA as an Exceptional Workplace.
Nationally accredited by the NRPA Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and State accredited through the IAPD Distinguished Agency Accreditation, the WPD has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Triple Crown Award for receiving the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The WPD was awarded the NRPA National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2013, and was named a Gold Medal Finalist in 2012, 2013, 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023.