The PSO’s 121st season closes on Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7:30 pm, at the Peoria Civic Center Theater with GREAT CITIES: NEW YORK. From the romantic sounds of Barber and MacDowell to Bernstein’s rhythmic Symphonic Dances from West Side Story to the “lullaby” of Broadway, this concert will be a whirlwind celebration of the “city that never sleeps.” GEOFFREY DUCE finishes his year with the PSO with MacDowell’s Piano Concerto #2.
Barber: Intermezzo from Vanessa
MacDowell: Piano Concerto #2
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Selections from Broadway Classics, including: The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Gypsy, Annie, South Pacific, Camelot, Show Boat, A Chorus Line, Oliver!, and Frozen!
Pianist Geoffrey Duce has performed in Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, across Europe, and in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Geoffrey’s career has featured both solo and collaborative performances. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, the Chattanooga and Olympia Symphony Orchestras, the Scottish Sinfonia, Edinburgh Philharmonic, New York Sinfonietta, and the Dundee Symphony Orchestra, and as a chamber musician and accompanist he has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and performed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He won the Young Artists Award from Britain’s National Federation of Music Societies, and was awarded the Prix de Piano at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France.
He has given masterclasses at institutions including Hawaii University, St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada, Shorter and Darton Colleges, GA, the Academy of Music Northwest in Seattle, for the Orquesta Filharmónica in Bogotá, Colombia, and in the Middle East. During the summer of 2016 he was an International Visiting Faculty member at the University of Taipei, Taiwan.
Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Geoffrey initially studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University before receiving a DAAD scholarship to the Universität der Künste, Berlin. His teachers have included Klaus Hellwig, Ferenc Rados, Phillip Kawin, and Renna Kellaway.
He received his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was also a faculty member, and has also held positions at Indiana University South Bend and SUNY at Westchester Community College. He is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Illinois State University, where he coordinates the piano area.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.