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To contact us:

 

Donations

Gerry Norton

(630) 303-1663

1517 Hillcrest Ct, Lombard, IL 60148

beancounter1@ameritech.net

 

Bookings

Vivian Quam

(630) 532-0050

vivianquam@gmail.com

 

Membership

Lori Davis

(630) 935-7103

lsd542000@yahoo.com

 

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About SSO

 

 

About          Performances          Financial Support        Mission Statement        Comments

 

 

 

 

The Senior Suburban Orchestra (SSO) is a 50-piece orchestra drawing musicians from more than 20 western suburbs and outlying areas. The musicians have from 3 to 70+ years of experience playing their instruments. There is no age requirement. Most members, though not all, are seniors.

SSO was launched in September 2000, and is currently based at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Downers Grove.

Weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday afternoons, and up to 20 weekday concerts per season are scheduled from September through May. 

The musicians play for the love of playing, pay no dues and sell no tickets.  Auditions are not required.

Audience members are admitted without charge. Concerts are underwritten by fees charged to hosting facilities and through donations and grants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori Selfie at School 5-10-17 (360x640)

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Senior Suburban Orchestra (SSO) concert venues include retirement/healthcare facilities, senior groups, park districts, elementary schools.  Most are private performances for the specific venue.

The SSO holds an annual “Friends and Family Concert” each spring. This performance is open to the public. It is a free concert, with freewill donations appreciated.

 

 

 

Recently scheduled venues are:

· Oak Trace Senior Living Community, Downers Grove

· DuPage Convalescent Center, Wheaton

· Downers Grove Park District, Downers Grove

· Mayslake Village, Oak Brook

· St Paul United Church of Christ, Downers Grove

· Monarch Landing, Naperville

· Ray Graham Association, Lisle

· SEASPAR, Darien

· Beacon Hill Retirement Community, Lombard

 

School Orchestra Educational Performances:

· Highland School, Downers Grove

· Kingsley School, Downers Grove

· Brook Park School, Brookfield

· Lester School, Downers Grove

· Indian Trail School, Downers Grove

· Pierce Downers School, Downers Grove

· St Scholastica School, Woodridge

· Belle Aire School, Downers Grove

· El Sierra School, Downers Grove

· Hillcrest School, Downers Grove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Support

 

 

 

Present and Past

The costs of producing  concerts are underwritten by fees charged to hosting facilities and by grants and donations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.  THEY WILL HELP US TO CONTINUE PERFORMANCES THAT HAVE BEEN ENJOYED BY THOUSANDS OVER THE YEARS.

 

 

Corporate Contributions:

Lewin Financial

McDonalds Corporation

Moore-Addison Company

Oak Trace Retirement Community

 

 

 

 

Grants:

Darien Rotary

JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation

Grove Foundation 

Illinois Arts Council Agency

Target Stores

 

 

 

 

 

Individual Contributions:

Friends and patrons

Members of the SSO

 

 

Rehearsal Space:

 St. Paul United Church of Christ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mission Statement

 

 

The Senior Suburban Orchestra (SSO) provides an opportunity for older musicians to continue playing their instruments on a regular basis as  members of an active and challenging performance organization.

As a community service organization, the SSO provides educational and entertaining orchestral performances to persons lacking the physical mobility or financial resources to attend traditional public programs.

The SSO also provides an innovative “side-by-side” concert/workshop experience for elementary school children in their own schools.

Typical concert venues include retirement/healthcare facilities, senior groups, elementary schools, and libraries.

 

 

 

Comments

 

From Our Listeners:

 

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From our Performers:

“We’re a congenial bunch of people.  We’re all good players.  I enjoy playing the music; it keeps me young.” Violinist, 85, Berwyn.

“I am so pleased that the orchestra has grown as it has. It  is reaching seniors in all areas, and everybody seems happy to play with us.” Cellist, Clarendon Hills, founding member of the SSO.

“It’s great fun. I’ve made some new friends.  Playing here is a way to extend the talent that you have, making it last as long as you can.” French horn, retired teacher from Elmhurst.