2015 / 2016
Concert Season

"In Nature’s Realm"

Music inspired by the natural world-- including Bizet, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Weber and Delius
October 25, 2015 at 4pm

Joseph Favero Memorial Concert

Do it Yourself Messiah
December 19, 2015 at 7pm

Young People's Concert

Featuring The Composer is Dead, a musical whodunit…
February 27, 2016 at 11am

"Greeting from Vienna"

Famous and lesser-known gems from Vienna-- including Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Goldmark and Strauss
May 22, 2016 at 4pm

Young People's Concert

The Composer is Dead by Nathan Stookey

Join us as our diligent detective solves this perplexing mystery as he interrogates each section of the orchestra. Students are free when accompanied by an adult and the adult tickets are $5.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11am
Trapp Auditorium - Waukegan High School

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Treat yourself to an entire season of wonderful concerts or get involved with your neighborhood symphony!
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Founded in 1974, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is a true “community” orchestra with over fifty devoted musicians of all ages, ethnicities and varying levels of musical experience. Under the direction of Music Director Stephen Blackwelder, the WSO presents four subscription concerts each season, as well as additional offerings of chamber music, community outreach and educational programs. Our main concerts are presented at Waukegan High School’s Trapp Auditorium — ticket prices are reasonable and there’s plenty of free parking. We invite the residents of Waukegan and surrounding Lake County to re-discover one of the area’s flagship cultural institutions.

JOIN US! Why play in an orchestra? Our members play with us for a variety of reasons—some of them remember how much they enjoyed music in high school or college. Some have always been in musical groups and others are just discovering what happens when a group of completely diverse individuals join their unique talents together. Some enjoy “losing themselves” in something larger than their everyday worries or responsibilities…and they often find themselves enlarged and enlivened in the process.

Illinois Arts Council Waukegan Park District