Romance returns to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on February 9, 2019, at 7:30 pm with an evening of charm, wit, grace, and beauty. From Strauss’ Wine, Women, and Song and Copland’s Rodeo to Duke Ellington’s Piano Concerto, this will prove to be a romantic evening for everyone. Be prepared to laugh along with comic M.C. BUTLER RYAN and watch the enrapturing dances of the CENTRAL ILLINOIS BALLET. The PSO’s 2018-2019 Artist in Residence, GEOFFREY DUCE, joins on piano. Whether it’s a first date or you are attending with friends, love will be in the air! Make it a full evening and join us for our third annual ROMANCE AFTER PARTY in the Peoria Civic Center Lobby following the concert featuring the JUDY PAGE PROJECT with jazz musicians JUDY PAGE, DEREL MONTEITH, DAVID HOFFMAN, STEVE DEGENFORD, JASON BRANNON, ANDY CRAFORD, and DAVID PARKINSON.
Ellington: Piano Concerto (A New World A-Comin’)
Mendelssohn: Rondo Brilliant
Strauss: Sweetheart Waltz
Strauss: Beautiful Blue Danube
Strauss: Wine, Women, and Song
Copland: Saturday Night Waltz
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 1
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.
Originally from 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. He received his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was also a faculty member, and has also held positions at the State University of New York (Westchester Community College) and at Indiana University South Bend.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.