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DuPage Symphony Orchestra

Five extraordinary concerts make up the DSO’s 2014-2015 subscription season, celebrating great music, stupendous soloists, and superb musicians.


The orchestra first performed for the public as an all-volunteer ensemble in December, 1954 with its Constitution created about 2 years later as follows:


"The purpose of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra is to maintain a symphony orchestra in DuPage County, Illinois; to foster and develop musical talent in the county; to educate the public in symphonic literature; and to encourage attendance at symphonic concerts."


Founder Russell Harvey, starting with less than 50 musicians and without a permanent home, performed in various school auditoriums, country clubs, civic centers, and other venues around the county. While the original orchestra focused mainly on shorter works and early classical composers, today’s symphony offers its audience full symphonic performances and more diversity of composition for a broader listening experience and education for our every-growing audience. We still, however, remain loyal to the original purpose of this orchestra.


In 2007 and again in 2013, the orchestra was honored by theIllinois Council of Orchestras as the Illinois Community Orchestra of the Year.

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