Conductor Stephen Squires led the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in three works in January 2019. The program featured Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, nicknamed the “Surprise” Symphony. ESO concertmaster Isabella Lippi performed Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, considered one of the greatest and most difﬁcult of its kind. Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály was fascinated with the folk songs of his region. His “Peacock” Variations are based on a folk tune over a thousand years old. The peacock is an important symbol in Hungarian culture, representing freedom and eternal love.