Discover the 2016-2017 Season of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

Welcome to the 119th season of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra – the fourteenth oldest symphony orchestra in the United States. We are proud of our musical heritage and the diverse mix of music we have been providing to symphony lovers in Peoria and all throughout central Illinois.

The PSO welcomes three time Grammy Award winner and world artist Ramsey Lewis and the Ramsey Lewis Trio to perform an evening of jazz with the PSO.  Harmony Zhu, 11, will share her genius at the piano in Prodigies and with the beauty of Brahms, Ravel, and Bach, each concert is designed to be a special musical experience for you and your family.

Back by popular demand and fun for the whole family is this year’s Gershwin Matinee celebrating the life of George Gershwin.   Our annual Romance concert will feature favorite music from the American Songbook with two time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair teaming up with renowned pianist Kevin Cole.

The Great Cities Series continues with Russian Masters featuring passionate music from Moscow and virtuoso cellist Richard Hirschl.   You will enjoy an evening of enchanting music with a Spanish flair in Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the thrilling young violinist Arnaud Sussmann joins the PSO for the music of the master composers, Brahms and Beethoven for our concert Heroic Spirit.  The season ends with Jubilation! and the joyful music of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi as we begin the 120th anniversary festivities.

Join us at the Peoria Civic Center or Riverside Community Church to enjoy these captivating concerts.


The tradition of artistic excellence and excitement you have come to expect from your orchestra continues throughout this season! Join us for this truly wonderful season as we celebrate music together with you.


Special thanks to QuestionPro, which provides advanced feedback creation, distribution and Conjoint Analysis for our organization, helping us track and analyze data for our stakeholders.


The PSO’s 119th Season is made possible, in part, by leadership gifts from: 

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