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George Stellutoconductor
Kevin Murphypiano
6:30pm pre-concert lecture
7:00pm lobby
7:30pm start
9:30 pm PS Party at Suitefire
Grace Presbyterian Church
8607 IL-91
Peoria, Illinois 61615
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MASKS: You must wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times when inside the venue per the Illinois Mask Mandate effective August 30, 2021.
SEATING: YOU MAY SIT IN YOUR ASSIGNED SEAT. If you would like more space around you, consult an usher to help find you a seat in a less populated area.

Join us for Symphony Triumphant, featuring world-renowned pianist Kevin Murphy. In this concert, Mozart and Beethoven treat us to their happiest, charming, and most profound affirmations of life.

Mozart: Magic Flute Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25, K503 – Kevin Murphy, piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

Hoping to learn a little bit more about the music, composers, and guest artist? Join Maestro Stelluto for a relaxed Pre-Concert Lecture beginning at 6:30 PM.

Join musicians and fellow concert-goers after the concert for a P.S. Party at Suite Fire Bar & Grille. Drinks will be available to purchase.

Program Notes

About Artist

Kevin Murphy, piano

Pianist Kevin Murphy, a leading figure in the classical vocal world, is Director of Coaching and Music Administration for Indiana University Opera Theater, and Professor of Music and Co-Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has served as the Director of the Program for Singers at the Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute since 2011, is currently the Artistic Director of the Tel Aviv Summer Opera Program in Israel. Previously, Murphy was Director of Music Administration and Casting Advisor at the New York City Opera (2008-2012) and Director of Musical Studies at the Opéra National de Paris (2006-2008). 

Kevin Murphy was the first pianist and vocal coach invited by Maestro James Levine into the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and from 1993-2006, he was an assistant conductor at the Met. In his capacity as a member of the Met’s music staff, Mr. Murphy played continuo harpsichord for many productions and toured Japan with the company. Murphy also performed in Carnegie Hall with the Met Chamber ensemble and Met Orchestra, and has frequently played chamber music with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. 

In addition to his on- and off- stage partnership with his wife, soprano, Heidi Grant Murphy, Mr. Murphy has collaborated in concert and recital with artists such as Michelle DeYoung, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni, Emily D’Angelo, Michael Schade, Danielle de Niese, Lawrence Brownlee, Marcelo Alvarez, Nadine Sierra, Morris Robinson, Angela Brower, Iestyn Davies, Bejun Mehta, Gary Lakes, John Aler, Kathleen Battle, Nathan Gunn, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, Cecilia Bartoli, Frederica von Stade, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, Renée Fleming, Gerald Finley, Kiri Te Kanawa, Wolfgang Brendel, Christine Brewer, and Pinchas Zuckerman. He is sought after as a clinician and has taught at San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel and Italy, Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood, Aspen Music Festival, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the Juilliard School. He has also assisted Maestro Seiji Ozawa in Japan in his Mozart/Da Ponte opera festival, and has been a guest opera coach at opera companies such as the Netherlands Opera, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Canadian Opera Company, as well as and the Ravinia Festival.

In addition to playing and teaching, Kevin Murphy has been on the podium conducing and leading Händel’s, Serse, Rossini’s, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Mozart’s, Der Schauspieldirektor at Indiana University Opera Theater. This season, he will lead Indiana University’s new production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Recent performances include conducting performances for San Francisco Opera’s Merola program, Robin Guarino’s production of Emmanuel Chabrier’s opera, L’Étoile at Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and  Mahler’s, Kindertotenlieder for the Indiana University Ballet Theater.

Murphy’s other chamber music and concert credits include appearances at Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh Festival, Ravinia, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, La Jolla’s Summerfest, Music@Menlo, the Vin et Musique Festival in Burgundy, France, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Edinburgh Festival and many other venues in the US and abroad. Mr. Murphy has appeared on The Tonight Show with Gary Lakes, Good Morning America with Cecilia Bartoli and The Today Show with Renée Fleming, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York Times, Classical Singer, and has recorded for the EMI, Centaur, Arabesque and Koch labels. He is a frequent adjudicator for competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where he also has served as official accompanist on stage at the Met. 

A native of Syracuse, New York, Kevin Murphy received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University and his Master of Music in Piano Accompanying from the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Murphy resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife, Heidi, and their four children. 

“Kevin Murphy is in the vanguard for Americans who have turned song accompaniment into an art. The pianism was so absorbing, the singer’s entry seemed like an intrusion. There can be no finer compliment.” -San Francisco Examiner

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

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