Discover the 2015-2016 Season of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

Welcome to the 118th 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 Peoria Symphony Orchestra concerts this season will feature some of the greatest orchestral expressions of all time. From a romantic look at New Orleans with the Oscar winning music of Red Violin, to a star of Broadway, film and TV, the PSO welcomes world-artist Audra McDonald, to the rousing, energetic music of Stravinsky’s Firebird,  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 the Family Matinee concert Fairy Tales and Scary Tails.  Our annual Romance concert will feature favorite torch songs from Marisa Buchheit, soprano, Miss Illinois 2014 and include Ravel’s beloved Bolero.

Bringing opera to Peoria with Mozart’s timeless opera of love, humor and intrigue the PSO presents Cosí fan tutte and features six rising opera stars from Chicago and New York.   You will enjoy an evening of jazz inspired classics by composers Bernstein, Copland and Antheil for the American Classic concert and continuing the World-Cities Series we honor London and four great composers with ties to England presenting the National Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Oboe, Nicholas Stovall, making his Peoria debut.

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

Our Musical Discovery Series at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s Riverfront venue is a perfect introduction to the orchestra for young children.

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.


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The PSO’s 118th Season is made possible, in part, by leadership gifts from: 

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