Named “Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented three times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs over 60 concerts a year thrilling more than 50,000 patrons, from Metro Chicagoland to Wisconsin and Indiana. In addition, the Symphony’s education initiatives reach approximately 20,000 children, teachers, families, and young musicians through a variety of participatory music programs per year. Each season the Elgin Symphony attracts rising stars and internationally known guest artists including: Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Leonard Nimoy, Giancarlo Guererro, Rachel Lee, Jodi Benson, and Pascal Roge. In 2008, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra released its first international recording, an album featuring works of Aaron Copland, as part of the NAXOS label’s American Classics collection. The ESO continues to broadcast its Classics performances on the fourth Friday of each month on 98.7FM WFMT, the Midwest’s largest classical music station.