Pre-Concert Lectures

2017-2018 Pre-Concert Lectures

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 […]

Posted: June 26, 2017 | View More »


2015-2016 Pre-Concert Lectures

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, […]

Posted: August 18, 2015 | View More »


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

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.

Posted: March 15, 2015 | View More »


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

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

Posted: January 18, 2015 | View More »


January 17, 2015 Festa Italiana

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Posted: November 23, 2014 | View More »


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

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.

Posted: October 19, 2014 | View More »


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

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?

Posted: October 18, 2014 | View More »


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

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.

Posted: September 20, 2014 | View More »


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