The PSO is the 2017 ArtsPartner of the Year!
Read the press release here.

Join us in celebrating the 120th Anniversary Season of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

Welcome to the 120th 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 that we have been providing to symphony lovers in Peoria and all throughout central Illinois. The PSO’s 120th Anniversary season begins Saturday, September 23, 2017 with REFLECTIONS. This opening concert celebrates the PSO’s history and the important anniversaries of Bernstein, Brahms, and Bradley University!

A First For Peoria! Join us Saturday, October 21, 2017, and experience the original musical film LA LA LAND IN CONCERT.  The audience will see the complete film with the score performed LIVE by the PSO.  The 120th Anniversary continues Saturday, November 18, 2017, with SERENADE FOR STRINGS.  The beauty of lush, lavish string sounds envelop you with some of the most beautiful music ever written. Pianist Orion Weiss returns to Peoria to perform Ernest Bloch’s hauntingly beautiful Concerto Grosso No. 1.

From snowstorms to sleigh rides, the great composers give you their take on Winter on Saturday, December 16, 2017, in WINTER DREAMS.  Maestro Stelluto describes the concert as “warm as hot chocolate and as exciting as a fast sled ride” and perfect to share with family and friends. PSO Concertmaster, Marcia Henry Liebenow, performs WINTER from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, the popular innovative ensemble TIME FOR THREE performs with the PSO in a special matinee concert.  Ranaan Meyer, double bass, Nick Kendall, violin, and Charles Yang, violin are the members of this groundbreaking, category shattering trio transcends traditional classification, blending classical, gypsy, and jazz idioms.

Make a night of it with romance from around the world and two Peoria favorites!  Join the PSO on Saturday, February 10, 2018, for our annual ROMANCE concert. The popular, local band, The BraziLionaires, enflame your passions with Latin rhythm in their symphony debut.  PSO Concertmaster, Marcia Henry Liebenow, violin, will make you swoon with a romantic performance celebrating her 25th Anniversary with the PSO.  After the concert, and back by popular demand, the Jim Markum Swing Band will perform in the lobby as we enjoy drinks and dancing at the Post-Concert Party!

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, the PSO presents AMERICAN CLASSICS.  These iconic American masterpieces, four of the most famous American works ever written, show the breadth of our exuberance and depth of our souls.  Three pieces by Barber; Adagio for Strings, Capricorn Concerto, and Knoxville, Summer of 1915 will be performed.  Copland’s popular Appalachian Spring, instantly identified with capturing the essence of the American ideal, is the finale.

The Eternal City comes to Peoria as the PSO continues its Great Cities Series with GREAT CITIES: ROME on Saturday, April 28, 2018. From the dances, to the songs, to the visions of this ancient, magical place, Rome comes alive in three masterpieces: Mendelssohn’s vivacious Symphony No. 4 “Italian:” Martucci’s gorgeous The Song of Memories (La canzone dei ricodi) and Respigi’s inspiring The Pines of Rome brings the 120th season to a triumphant finish. Rising star vocalist Naomi Louisa O’Connell makes her Peoria debut.

The tradition of artistic excellence and excitement you have come to expect from your orchestra continues throughout this 120th Anniversary Season! Join us for this truly wonderful season as we celebrate music together with you.

Click here for the 2017-2018 PSO Press Release.

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The PSO’s 120th Season is made possible, in part, by leadership gifts from:

  PSO Foundation             Meredith    

Program notes are available for selected concerts. These notes are published here as a courtesy to patrons of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and other interested readers. Any other use is forbidden without specific permission from the author (  The author retains all other rights.

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