ROCK ISLAND — For the first time in its history, the Augustana Symphony Orchestra performed concerts in the Chicago area on Nov. 3 and 4. Abigail Smith of Peru is a member of the orchestra.
“Both the band and choir programs here have a long history of touring,” said Daniel Chetel, an assistant professor of music and Augustana’s director of orchestral activities. “There’s a really strong touring history going back 50, 60, 70 years, and I’m excited for the orchestra to join in on that.”
The orchestra’s first tour also is an opportunity to share its work with Chicago-area prospective students and families, and with alumni.
The first tour concert at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda was a joint performance with the Lake Zurich High School Orchestra and Palatine High School Orchestra — both of whose directors are Augustana alumni, Nathan Sackschewsky ‘06 at Lake Zurich and Dung Pham ‘94 at Palatine.
During the day, the Augustana Symphony Orchestra worked with the high school programs before all three combined for the evening’s performance.