From The Podium

From the Podium – Ramsey Lewis Trio and the PSO

Published on: August 29, 2016

September 17, 2016 – Ramsey Lewis – World Artist, Classic Treasure Welcome to the opening of the 119th Season of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra! And what an opener! We begin with our World Artist Series and the eminent Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis and his Jazz Trio. Described as an iconic leader in the contemporary Jazz […]

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From the Podium: Mozart Madness in March – Così fan tutte!

Published on: March 4, 2016

When many people hear the word “opera” they imagine Norse maidens in Viking garb singing Wagnerian arias. Or passionate, tragic heroes and heroines embroiled in great struggles for the sake of love and honor…heavy stuff indeed. But let’s not forget the humor of that master Mozart. His operas are known for a charm, wit, and […]

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From The Podium: Romance

Published on: February 18, 2016

The PSO’s Romance Concert this season was a great combination of popular music with romantic classical favorites – all centered on the passion, joys, and tribulations of love – perfect for a Valentine’s Day weekend. Our soloist was Marisa Buchheit, a fine singer and former Miss Illinois. Marisa’s presence added a great touch of beauty, […]

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From The Podium: Look Back on January Family Matinee

Published on: February 4, 2016

Our Family Matinee Series this past January took a giant leap forward with our presentation of Fairy Tales and Scary Tails. The great music of Saint-Saens, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Dukas were all showcased wonderfully through fine performances by the PSO. The imagery and narration of poetry and stories by yours truly and Ogden Nash added […]

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From the Podium: Bravura

Published on: November 22, 2015

One of the joys of being a Music Director is that you can choose the soloists with which you perform. Over the years, one collects musicians, keeping in mind that “one day, I’d like to do a concerto with her or him.” So, it was with great joy and anticipation, that I awaited the arrival […]

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From the Podium: Audra McDonald

Published on: October 22, 2015

Having an artist like Audra come to one’s city brings a kind of cultural benediction to the place. More than a mere performer, she engages you personally and brings a sense of compassion to the concert hall, turning it into a kind of town meeting about life and art. She was generous with her music and her humanity – meeting for an hour with area theater students to talk to them about her journey. And then it was time for the concert! I was so pleased that so many in the audience wrote to express their excitement that evening – “It was a night to remember,” “I will never forget this evening as long as I live,” “I’ve never been to a symphony concert before and this was a great way to start.” It was a proud moment for the PSO and for Peoria: the experience of a lifetime.

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From The Podium: Mardi Gras program with Charles Yang

Published on: September 22, 2015

“I will know we are on the right path to success, when people are discussing concerts weeks after they have occurred. Then I will know our music is honestly touching people – and enthusiasm for what we do is long-lasting.”

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From the Podium: Quartetto Gelato

Published on: January 20, 2015

Virtuoso cellist Mike Block sets the stage for Quartetto Gelato’s finale with a residency that will feature a fantastic show Thursday evening February 12 at Kelleher’s. He will perform and sing and will be joined by well-known singer/songwriter Jared Bartman.

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From the Podium: Festa Italiana

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What better way to celebrate the New Year than with a concert by the PSO, especially one that takes us to far away places – away from the current temperatures. In this upcoming program you will experience the glory, the spirit, and the joy that is Italy. In this splendid program of Baroque and Baroque-inspired work (plus a film composer thrown in), you will be able to sit back, relax, and take a dreamy trip with us to that wonderful land.

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From the Podium: Nature’s Majesty

Published on: November 6, 2014

We all have been awed by a sunset, inspired by an amazing landcape, or mesmerized by the power of a storm. Who among us, upon seeing nature’s wildlife, has not imbued it with qualities such as nobility, tenderness, or magic? When we recall these visions, it is easy for us to relive the experience with pleasure. But try to recreate that experience for others – in poetry, painting, or even – music! No easy task is it?

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