Experience PSO

Too Hot To Handel - The Gospel Messiah - December 2022

  • Sharon Reed | The Heritage Ensemble
    The Heritage Ensemble presents three major concerts per year: The Dr. Martin Luther King Choral Celebration, Juneteenth: An American Celebration, and An Evening of Jazz! Whether it is through our singing or the message in our music, the Heritage Ensemble strives to tear down walls and bridges between all people. The Heritage Ensemble takes great pride in being leaders in enriching the cultural fabric of the region. View More »

  • Alfreda Burke
    Alfreda Burke’s vocal artistry has been described as “voluptuous, creamy, and luxuriant” (Chicago Tribune).  She has appeared in concerts throughout North America and Europe.  Ms. Burke made her Carnegie and Orchestra Hall debut in Strauss’ Elektra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Barenboim.  View More »

  • Brianna Thomas
    Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "perhaps the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of a new generation," Peoria local Brianna Thomas is poised to join the ranks of legendary jazz artists. View More »

  • Rodrick Dixon
    Rodrick Dixon possesses a tenor voice of extraordinary range and versatility that has earned him the respect and attention of leading conductors, orchestras, and opera companies. Notable operatic engagements include Los Angeles Opera in the title role of Zemlinky’s Der Zwerg conducted by James Conlon and as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhauser. View More »


Joy At the Cathedral - November 2022

  • Pei-yeh Tsai
    Pianist Pei-yeh Tsai is originally from Taiwan. She is currently the principal pianist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Bedford Symphony, and Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She has a doctoral degree from Boston University. Dr. Tsai studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University with Boris Slutsky; subsequently, she received a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. View More »

  • Sarah Carrillo
    Sarah Carrillo, a native of Massachusetts, spent much of her early life studying with members of the Boston Symphony, both in Boston and at Tanglewood.  Upon completion of her bachelor's degree from Boston University where she studied with the legendary Roger Voisin, she came to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, from which she received her master's degree. View More »

  • Yukie Ota
    Yukie Ota is a professional flutist in the United States. After completing her Master’s Degree at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago under Mathieu Dufour (current principal flutist of the Berlin Phil), she won 2nd prize in the Carl NielsenInternational Flute Competition in 2014. Her prize-winning performance there became a viral news story on NPR when a butterfly landed on her during the competition, yet she continued to play without letting the butterfly impact her performance. View More »

  • Simon Michal
    Violinist Simon Michal was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in February 2016 by the Symphony’s Music Director Riccardo Muti as the youngest violinist ever. View More »


Mahler's Fifth – October 2022

  • Digging Deeper into Mahler's Fifth
    The Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Maestro George Stelluto will take on Mahler's Fifth Symphony for its second concert in the phenomenal line-up that is the 125th Season a few days after the 118 anniversary of when Mahler first premiered the concert. Scored for an enlarged orchestra and lasting well over an hour, the symphony has several large, triumphant moments, but it also has moments of quiet intimacy, as in the serene Adagietto. Featuring Maestro George Stelluto, an 80-piece orchestra, and the iconic imagery of the bells-up, this concert will enchant you! View More »


Beethoven's Ninth - September 2022

  • Ryan Speedo Green
    Grammy Award winning bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green has quickly established himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses. Concert engagements include appearing as featured soloist with San Diego Symphony for the opening of their new outdoor venue, The Shell, an All Star Concert with Isabel Leonard at Austin Opera. Mr. Green was also the first Artist in Residence for the Texas Opera Alliance, where he held masterclasses and community events for Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Austin Opera, Forth Worth Opera, and Opera San Antonio. View More »

  • Rodrick Dixon
    Rodrick Dixon possesses a tenor voice of extraordinary range and versatility that has earned him the respect and attention of leading conductors, orchestras, and opera companies. Notable operatic engagements include Los Angeles Opera in the title role of Zemlinky’s Der Zwerg conducted by James Conlon and as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhauser. View More »

  • Naomi Louisa O'Connell
    Hailed by The New York Times as “radiant,” Naomi Louisa O'Connell made her professional debut in 2012 starring on the West End in Terrence McNally’s play Master Class. Her work encompasses both theatrical and operatic repertoire, ranging from straight plays to operas, recitals and cabarets to sound sculptures and virtual reality performance art. View More »

  • Michelle Areyzaga
    As a coveted performer with a diverse repertoire, American soprano Michelle Areyzaga is held in high regard by orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed operatic roles with New York City Opera in Telemann’s Orpheus as well as in their VOX series, and has appeared in leading roles with Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s In the Neighborhoods programs, Opera Birmingham, Ravinia Festival, and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. View More »

  • Jorge Federico Osorio, Medalla Bellas Artes
    Recipient of the prestigious Medalla Bellas Artes, the highest honor granted by Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts, Jorge Federico Osorio has been lauded throughout the world for his superb musicianship, powerful technique, vibrant imagination, and deep passion. He has performed with many of the world’s leading ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico; the Israel, Warsaw, and Royal Philharmonics; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Torino), São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Moscow State Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra.  View More »

  • Stephen Alltop | Apollo Chorus of Chicago
    Stephen Alltop serves as Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.  A specialist in oratorio and historical performance practice, he has been a member of the conducting and keyboard faculties at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University since 1994. View More »


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