Ysaÿe: Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, Ballade
Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo in C Major, Op. 34
Tchaikovsky: Overture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Stravinsky: Suite from “The Firebird” (1919 version)
Take Valentine’s Day to new heights with aerial acrobatic violinist, Janice Martin, and the Central Illinois Ballet during the annual Romance concert. This year, the popular After-Party makes its return following the concert. Featuring a live band, dance, food and drinks, and more – this is the perfect way to end a romantic evening. The After-Party is free to attend for everyone who has purchased a ticket to the Romance concert.
This program, titled Romance, has been designed in honor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s 125th season by our soloist, aerial acrobatic violinist Janice Martin: romantic music from the Romantic Era! Ms. Martin opens with a virtuoso solo violin work by Ysaÿe and then joins the orchestra in a work by Tchaikovsky written for one of his romantic partners. Tchaikovsky’s famous Romeo and Juliet is his musical tribute to Shakespeare’s famous “star-crossed lovers.” In Scheherazade, Ms. Martin takes the role of a princess, whose inventive storytelling postpones her death, and eventually wins the heart of the stern sultan. After a brilliant, Spanish-flavored showpiece by Saint-Saëns, we close with excerpts from Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, based upon a Russian fairytale.
Romance will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 7:30 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theater.
Janice Martin is an unusual talent as a virtuoso in many styles and performs in multiple vocal styles and on multiple instruments. Most uniquely, Janice also performs as an “aerial acrobatic violinist.” Janice has wowed millions of viewers on the CW Network’s The Big Stage as well as the NBC Series America’s Got Talent and has toured the world over with her one-woman shows, as featured guest soloist with orchestras as well as with the internationally acclaimed troupe Cirque de la Symphonie, with whom has performed with such orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Baltimore Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, National Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony to name a few. Janice has performed in some of the most celebrated concert halls in the world such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and Prague’s Rudolfinum. Following her Carnegie Hall debut on Solo Violin, Janice released her first Solo Violin CD receiving NY Times’ critical acclaim as “a brilliant artist.”
Central Illinois Ballet was formed under the direction of Rebekah von Rathonyi and Joshua Gullett in 2015, to bring professional ballet to Central Illinois. CIB emerged from it’s school, The Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts, established in January 2012 in the historic Cornerstone building of downtown Peoria with four instructors and six students. The organization began outreach and lecture demonstrations taking dance, music and singing into the areas nursing homes, schools, libraries, and Veterans posts. Recognizing that the greater Central Illinois community needed a professional dance company and school that would positively contribute to the standard of living, the performing ensemble was formed. After Cornerstone Academy staged their first production of the Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, IL, the demand for more professional main stage productions quickly increased. After two highly successful seasons, the Board of Directors and Artistic Staff formally separated the performance ensemble from the Academy by founding the Central Illinois Ballet in January 2015. The 2021-22 CIB company consists of ten professional dancers recruited from all over the United States. Each dancer brings talent, unique style, and personality to the company, with productions ranging from classical and romantic ballet such as “Dracula”, “The Nutcracker”, and “Peter Pan”, to more modern and contemporary styles such as “Sweeny Todd”, “Gatsby the Ballet”, and “Women of History”. With our highly gifted group of professional dancers, Central Illinois Ballet will be celebrating our ten-year anniversary for the entire 2021-2022 season. We are humbled and grateful to be able to continue to bring elegance, sophisticated artistry, collaboration and creativity to our community.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.