9501 Skokie Boulevard
(847) 679-9501 x3014
The Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra (SVSO) was founded in 1962 by Dr. Paul Hurwitz and a group of local musicians. The group engaged Dr. Leon Stein to be their first conductor. Several talented musicians in the area began coming to rehearsals and the first performance, with a reasonably full orchestra, was held at Niles East High School.
In 1997, the SVSO became a permanent resident of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.
Past artists and present day:
World-class musicians have performed with the SVSO as guest soloists, including Itzak Perlman, Leonard Pennario, Eugene Istomin, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zuckerman, Rudolf Firkusny, Jeffrey Siegal, Rachel Barton, Gil Shaham, Mathieu Dufour, and Daniel Barenboim.
Another goal of the SVSO has been to encourage young talented musicians to bring quality classical music to their generation. Since 1980, the SVSO has held an annual Young Artist Competition to select the finest student musicians from across the country. The winners receive a cash prize and are showcased in a performance with the SVSO each season.