Joelle Harvey to Headline Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Fridays on the Farm: American Masters’

By David Salazar

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will present “Fridays on the Farm: American Masters” on July 2, 2021.

The performance, which will take place at The Venue at Goebberts in Pinegree Grove, Illinois will feature soprano Joelle Harvey as she takes on Barber’s iconic “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”

Harvey is an internationally renowned soprano who has performed at the Opernhaus Zürich, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony, among many others.

The program, which will be conducted by Andrew Grams, will also include Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein.

“After more than a year of Covid-adapted programs, we are beyond thrilled to be able to present full-scale orchestral music to our audiences once again. Music Director Andrew Grams assembled a program that celebrates what promises to be a very different Independence Day than last year, with three staples of repertoire by American composers, and featuring one of the great American sopranos: Joelle Harvey,” Erik Malmquist, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director, told OperaWire.