A Season of Hope
George Stellutoconductor
7:30 pm Upbeat with Maestro Stelluto: A Pre-Concert Discussion (Facebook)
8:00 pm Airtime on WTVP Create 47.4

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Maestro Stelluto is very excited about A Season of Hope. It is a message of hope and unity in music to central Illinois from the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is a multi-faceted jewel shining in many directions, with works by Corelli, Handel, and Bach, along with ancient chants and messages of goodwill, peace, and hope to bring you joy, courage, and comfort into the New Year. 

Archangelo Corelli (1653-1713) — Concerto grosso Op. 6, No. 1 in D Major
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) — Air from Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (“Air on the G String”)
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) — Concerto grosso in C Major, HWV 318, from Alexander’s Feast
Archangelo Corelli — Concerto grosso Op. 6, No. 8 in G minor (“Christmas Concerto”)
Anonymous (9th century) — Ubi caritas – setting by George Stelluto
Johann Sebastian Bach — Jesu bleibet meine Freude (“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”) from Cantata No. 147

In addition to the uplifting music you will hear, these area faith leaders joined us to share their own messages of hope:
· Pastor Marvin D. Hightower of Liberty Church of Peoria, Illinois
· Imam Mazhar Mahmood of the Islamic Foundation of Peoria
· Chuck Mitchell, President of the Jewish Federation of Peoria
· Fran Uditsky Moss from Congregation Anshai Emeth, Peoria
· Reverends Jonathan Thomas and Jenny Replogle ofSt. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Peoria
· Bishop Louis Tylka of the Diocese of Peoria

Thank you to everyone who visited Rhythm Kitchen Music Café as part of the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Discover Peoria) and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois’ “12 Days of Carry-Out” campaign!

As you know, we previously rescheduled our November Haydn & Mozart to air on December 19, 2020 due to temporary COVID-19 restrictions at Grace Presbyterian Church. Since then, the State of Illinois has put in new regulations limiting indoor gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

A Season of Hope will also air at 8:00 PM on Friday, January 1, 2021 on 89.9 WCBU Peoria Public Radio and 89.1 WGLT Bloomington – Normal’s Public Media. You can listen to the concerts online at and at the time of airing.

While we do not have a new air date for Haydn & Mozart just yet, we will notify you when that information is available.


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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Peoria Symphony Foundation Soderstrom Skin Institute Illinois Arts Council Agency
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