ESO’s String Quartet to Play Works by African-American Composers at Juneteenth Festival

On Sunday, June 19, musicians from the Elgin Symphony Orchestra will perform music by African American composers on day two of the Elgin Juneteenth Festival at Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave.

At noon, the string quartet, made up of violinists Wendy Evans and Eric Pidluski, violist Loretta Gillespie and cellist Sara Sitzer, will perform works by Florence Price, Scott Joplin, George Walker and Clarence Cameron White, among others.

The festival, organized by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the African American Coalition of Kane County, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It will feature music, food, local vendors, a DJ battle, a gospel set, a KidZone and a tribute to fathers.

Live music from the Harlan Jefferson Band, the Funk Brotherz and Accidentally On Purpose as well as a DJ battle are scheduled for Saturday. The Jesse White Tumblers will perform at 1:30 p.m.

A “Gospel Explosion” takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, in addition to some activities for Father’s Day.

Stop by the Kids Zone from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday for Bubble World, Balloon Burst, Duck Pond, plus face painting, sack races, three-legged races, and more. On Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., discover the world of bubbles, then have fun painting with dad. The first eight dads who paint will receive a special gift.


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