The evening begins with a romantic concerto by Bruch, followed by the sizzling sounds of The BraziLionaires.
Season subscriptions on sale April 1, single tickets on sale July 1.
Bruch: Concerto for Clarinet and Viola
Villa Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #5
Villa Lobos: Melodias Sentimentale
The Brazilionaires: Information coming soon.
The BraziLionaires’ music is an exciting blend of pop & jazz infused with sizzling Latin rhythms. Originally formed in Peoria, Illinois in 2012 by guitarist/songwriter “Rico” Wayne Johnson and lead vocalist Dove Benoit, the group has developed a strong following with their unique Latin fusion sound and dynamic stage show.
The compositions of Johnson and Benoit display a unique intermingling of influences. Leaving the Midwest for California after high school, Johnson auditioned and was accepted at GIT, the renown performing arts school for professional musicians in Los Angeles. While in LA, he joined a Latin ensemble and fell in love with this genre of music. (He was given the nickname “Rico” because it was a little easier to pronounce than “Wayne” for the native Spanish speakers). Among the varied musical influences that Rico lists are Brazilian Bossa Nova, Salsa & Afro-Cuban, Mexican pop and mariachi, and Spanish flamenco. He also admirers the prodigious pop songwriters like Lennon & McCartney, the songsmiths of the Tin Pan Alley era, as well as some of the great Nashville-based writers.
Benoit, a Sacramento California native, comes from a classical and jazz background. She studied classical piano throughout her childhood and sang in chorale and jazz chorus ensembles in college at California Berkeley and the University of Vermont. Her main singing influences are the jazz legends such as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Etta James, as well as pop songbirds like Adele and Nora Jones. She has also been impacted by operatic singers, like Andrea Bocelli.
The BraziLionaires first album, “Algo Diferente” (Something Different), has garnered stellar reviews and received air play rotation on radio stations in the US and Europe. Their music can be heard on streaming sites like Pandora, Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify. The band is currently finishing up their second studio album, “Proximo”, due out in mid-2018. Rico and Dove are living in Nashville these days but have maintained their stellar cast of Central Illinois musicians that include:
Dr. Todd Kelly is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Kelly teaches trumpet, directs the Bradley Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos, teaches Jazz Improvisation, and serves as an advisor for the Music Business program.
Dr. Kelly maintains a busy performing schedule in the Central Illinois area with the BraziLionaires, the Todd Kelly Jazz Quintet, the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, Four Other Brothers, JC and the Redemption, Inner Light, and as a freelance jazz and classical musician. He has toured throughout the United States with Indian tabla artist Sandip Burman. He has also performed with Wayne Newton, Jerry Lewis, Charo, the Fifth Dimension, Lesley Gore, Steve Lippia, Mannheim Steamroller, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, Wicked, Mary Poppins, The Rat Pack is Back, Billy Elliot, Chicago, White Christmas, Kinky Boots, and The Book of Mormon. He is an artist/clinician for Conn/Selmer in Elkhart, Indiana. He and his wife Kirsten are the proud parents of Connor and Maren.
Marisa Buchheit is an operatic soprano hailing from Chicago. She has performed on stages around the world in opera productions, concerts, and musicals. Recent highlights include solo performances with the Elgin and Peoria Symphony Orchestras, as well as National Anthem performances for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, DePaul Blue Demons, and the Chicago Air & Water Show. Most recently, Marisa made her role debut as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Southern Illinois Music Festival. She has performed the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, the Page/Gilda understudy in Rigoletto, Venus in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Julie in Carousel, Maria in West Side Story, and Liesl in The Sound of Music, with companies such as Wichita Grand Opera, Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy, American Chamber Opera, DePaul Opera Theatre, and CIM Opera Theatre. Marisa was proud to represent her state at Miss America as Miss Illinois 2014. She also represented her city as Miss Chicago in 2012 & 2014. Marisa earned her Master’s Degree in Opera at DePaul University with Distinction and her Bachelor’s Degree with Academic Honors and a German minor from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is co-founder of soprano trio “Très Belle,” and is also an arts advocate and private vocal instructor. Marisa is thrilled to be returning to perform with Maestro Stelluto and the Peoria Symphony for the 2019-2020 season and the Romance concert!
Biography coming soon.
Biography coming soon.