From The Podium

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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From the Podium: Reflections on Lyle Lovett

Published on: October 29, 2014

Lyle Lovett performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theater under the auspices of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. It was an immensely satisfying evening of great American music drawn from the varied cultures and history of the United States and performed exquisitely by Mr. Lovett and his exceptionally talented acoustic group.

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PSO in October: Romeo and Juliet – Eternal Forbidden Love

Published on: September 30, 2014

With swords drawn and passionate young love professed, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform an exciting concert featuring the music of three composers obsessed with Romeo and Juliet – Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Prokofiev. The legend of these two tragic lovers dates back at least a century before William Shakespeare and extends past Bernstein’s “West Side Story” into the present day. Indeed, any story in which love struggles against familial or societal obstacles has some relation to the old tale.

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American Style! April with the PSO!

Published on: April 4, 2014

The 13-14 PSO Season has been a wonderful success so far. Next week you will get to experience a much anticipated season highlight with an all-American concert featuring 15-time Grammy Award winner Béla Fleck. But first, a quick look back on only a few of the accomplishments this season: September 28: the season opens with […]

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For Everything – There is a Season – And a Concert

Published on: March 3, 2014

Nature generally has always inspired artists and authors from landscapes to fairy tales. The cycle of nature’s seasons, however, possesses an even deeper fascination for creative minds. It represents the passage of time, the inevitability of the future, and the progress of life itself on a grander scale than the picayune ticking of seconds, minutes, […]

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Published on: January 20, 2014

If you attended our Matinee at the Movies performance yesterday afternoon, you know what a special event it was. There were so many new faces in the audience and I loved seeing the enthusiasm (and attentiveness!) of the children in the audience – AND so many families in attendance together. The orchestra really did a […]

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Hey Brother. Can you spare some time?

Published on: November 20, 2013

In the midst of the tragedy that has struck our region, I want to ask you personally if you can spare the time to come to the TORNADO RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT Tuesday at 7PM at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Tickets at the door are $20 and ALL PROCEEDS go to help the relief effort. […]

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October Harvest: Youthful Tchaikovsky in a “Sweeeet” Program

Published on: October 4, 2013

Yo! In the lingo of the era, this October’s PSO program is “awesome,” “sweet,” and will “rock!” In another time, this might have been called a hip concert, a cool program, or “right on.” Don’t be surprised if you hear these words being used freely during intermission and afterward at the PSO concert October 19th. […]

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The PSO’s Coming Season and Opening Concert

Published on: September 3, 2013

The Season A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about the varied and rich programming of the Ravinia Festival and how our diverse American culture creates arts patrons that can appreciate the profound as well as the popular. You will notice that an underlying theme throughout this PSO season is the relationship between popular […]

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