The Merion to Host Musical Insights

January 27, 2016

The Merion is pleased to announce that it will host Musical Insights on Friday, February 12th. The sneak preview to Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s February 14th concert, Harmonica Meets American Classics, will feature Grammy award winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy, ESO General Manager David Ellis and ESO Maestro Lawrence Eckerling.

Levy, of Evanston, has won multiple Grammy Awards, and is a world-renowned composer, recording artist, teacher and producer. He is widely respected as a master of diatonic harmonica.

Musical Insights, which takes place the Friday before each ESO performance, is designed to enhance the concert experience by sharing an insider’s tour of the history, highlights of the program and more. On February 14th, Levy will make his ESO debut, performing his Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra. He will also improvise jazz interludes within George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess orchestrated suite.

“We are honored to be collaborating with ESO in the Musical Insights program which takes place before their concerts, and thrilled to welcome the talented Howard Levy. Music is an integral part of the culture and personality of The Merion,” said Margaret Gergen, Director of Leasing at the luxury retirement community located in the heart of downtown Evanston. “Evanston is a community that values all cultural offerings, but especially great music. Evanston Symphony Orchestra is a world class ensemble and we are delighted to host their program.”

Musical Insights featuring Howard Levy will be held on Friday, February 12th at 1:30 p.m. in The Merion Crystal Ballroom, 1611 Chicago Avenue at Davis Street in Evanston. Light refreshments will be served afterwards, and casual tours of The Merion’s newly renovated apartments will be available. The event is free and open to the public.