Pre-Concert Lectures

2017-2018 Pre-Concert Lectures

Date of Lecture: June 28, 2017

2017-2018 Pre-concert Lectures are all given by Maestro George Stelluto Reflections:  Saturday, September 23, 2017  6:30 pm – Peoria Civic Center Serenade for Strings:  Saturday, November 18, 2017  6:30 pm – Grace Church Winter Dreams: Saturday, December 16, 2017 6:30 pm – Riverside Community Church American Classics: Saturday, March 10, 2018 6:30 pm – Grace Church […]

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2015-2016 Pre-Concert Lectures

Date of Lecture: September 19, 2015

2015-2016 Pre-Concert Lectures are scheduled for the following concerts: All Pre-Concert Lectures begin at 7:00 pm and are given by George Stelluto, Music Director CARNIVAL! – Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Peoria Civic Center Lecture Room BRAVURA! – Saturday, November 21, 2015 – Peoria Civic Center Lecture Room COSI FAN TUTTE – Saturday, March 12, […]

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May 9, 2015 7:00PM: Mahler: The Visionary

Date of Lecture: May 09, 2015

Gustav Mahler’s life was a heroic, dramatic, and legendary. His music is inspirational, cinematic, and spiritual. Spend thirty minutes getting to know this musical prophet through his letters, stories, and journeys – before he takes us on the fantastic journey that is his Seventh Symphony.

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March 14, 2015 7:00PM: The Great Cities: Vienna – City of Inspiration

Date of Lecture: March 14, 2015

Explore the Vienna of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart. Find out how the perfect recipe of royal patronage, bourgeois aspirations, geographic location, and industrial innovation created the ideal environment for the genius class of traditionalists and revolutionaries

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January 17, 2015 Festa Italiana

Date of Lecture: January 17, 2015


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November 22, 2014 7:00PM: In Nature’s Realm

Date of Lecture: November 22, 2014

From bird songs to streams to mountains to the sea – great composers have always found inspiration in nature. Maestro Stelluto discusses the inspirations of Vaughan-Williams, John Williams, and Sibelius as they captured Nature’s Majesty for the music on this program.

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October 18, 2014 7:00PM: Romeo and Juliet Through the Ages

Date of Lecture: October 18, 2014

Maestro Stelluto and Bradley University Theater Professor Susan Felder discuss the centuries-old fascination with the story of Romeo and Juliet. From the early Comedia del Arte to Bernstein’s West Side Story, what attracts composers and writers (and us) to these two star-crossed lovers?

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September 20, 2014 7:00PM: Brahms Symphony #1 or Beethoven Symphony #10?

Date of Lecture: September 20, 2014

Maestro George Stelluto speaks on the special relationship between the music of Brahms and Beethoven. How Brahms was obsessed with Beethoven’s legacy and how Brahms’ Symphony #1 is both homage to and a departure from Beethoven.

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