Elmhurst Symphony Presents The Amazing Howard Levy

Composer and Performer Who Revolutionized The Harmonica joins the Elmhurst Symphony to Launch the 2022/2023 Season

ELMHURST — The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra (ESO) presents The Amazing Howard Levy on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 7:00PM at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. The program features music by Smetana, Chabrier, Rimsky-Korsakov, Weinberger, and is anchored by the Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica & Orchestra by Howard Levy.

What’s Interesting About This Concert

  • Howard Levy invented a totally brand-new way of playing the harmonica! The Grammy Award-winning performer and composer who “single-handedly revolutionized the harmonica” (NPR) will perform his own Harmonica Concerto. Trust us, you’ve never heard a harmonica played like this before!
  • Ever notice how most symphony concerts tend to conclude with big, long, very serious pieces? Well, it wasn’t always like that. This concert is a throwback to an earlier (more fun?) era when orchestra performances featured shorter, happier, crowd pleasers. Have a listen to the last few minutes of Schwanda the Bagpiper (see our Spotify playlist below) and tell us you’re not in a happier mood!
  • Our conductor, Maestro Stephen Alltop, has been music director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra since 1995 and this concert will be his first time ever conducting España by Emmanuel Chabrier! Goes to show that everyone, including the musicians, can experience new and exciting things at the symphony.

What’s Playing

Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride
Levy: Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica & Orchestra
Chabrier: España
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Weinberger: Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper

Who’s Performing

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Alltop Music Director & Conductor
Howard Levy harmonica

Get Tickets

General Admission tickets ($35) are available now, and reduced fair tickets for Students and Seniors go on sale September 1, 2022. Tickets are available online at ElmhurstSymphony.org/event/the-amazing-howard-levy.