Ryan Speedo Green and Jose Luis Gomez Headline Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Old American Songs’

By Logan Martell

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra has announced that its “Old American Songs” concert will be joined by Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green and conductor Jose Luis Gomez.

The concert, which will run on April 2 and 3, 2022, will center on Copland’s “Old American Songs,” and will also include Barber’s overture for “The School for Scandal,” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9, op. 95, B.178, E minor” from the “New World.”

Green has appeared as a guest soloist with symphonies throughout the U.S., and has performed with companies such as The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and Theatre an der Wien. His 2016 book, “Sing for Your Life,” shares his personal and artistic experiences going from Virginia’s juvenile detention center to some of opera’s most prominent stages.

Gomez came to international attention in 2010 when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt with a rare, unanimous vote from the jury. He currently conducts in Belgium, and with the Colorado Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra during the 2021-22 season.

Patrons will be required to provide proof of vaccination, with masks being optional within the venue.