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At the Peoria Symphony Orchestra you will discover great music making in classical, pops, and family-friendly concerts featuring the multi-award winning Peoria Symphony Orchestra as well as talented guest artists and featured artists.
Plan to enjoy yourself at this live musical experience! Open yourself up to the music.
You don’t have to “know” classical music to enjoy it. Sit back and watch the musicians and the conductor, and see how they interact with each other. Close your eyes and listen to how the music ebbs and flows, surging and powerful at some times, delicate and light at others, and everything in between. Feel the rhythms; follow the music. Let the music flow over you and trigger your emotions—and maybe even your memories.
Classical music is all around us. Once you hear it, you’ll realize that classical music is part of our daily lives. You hear it in commercials, movie soundtracks, television themes, cartoons, restaurants, and even some stores. Whether or not you’ve heard the music before the concert, as you listen, you’ll notice that each classical piece uses its own group of several tunes over and over, in different ways.
If you listen closely, you may start to “recognize” these melodies in a piece. Listen for the ways a melody is repeated: Is it exactly the same as the first time, or a little different? Do the same instruments or different ones play the melody? Does it start the same as before, but go off in a different direction?
Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before concert time, so you can find your seat, turn off your cell phone, take a look at your surroundings, absorb the atmosphere, and have time to glance through the program book.
Plan to come early to get settled and read the program notes to familiarize yourself with what you are about to hear. You don’t want to be rushing to your seat at the last minute. And there’s another good reason to come early: Concerts generally start on time. If you’re late, you will have to wait for the usher to allow you inside during a suitable pause in the program, so your arrival won’t disturb other concertgoers.
Can’t make it to one of your subscription concerts? Remember, you have three options:
1.) Exchange your tickets for tickets to a different concert*
2.) Turn in your tickets as a chairitable donation (3 days prior to the concert)
3.) Share them with a friend that you think would enjoy a PSO concert.
*Excludes Premium Concerts (October 2018)
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Some concerts are preceded by a thirty minute presentation by Maestro George Stelluto or a guest presenter at 6:30 p.m. Concertgoers are invited to an insightful conversation related to the music, composers, and guest artists featured in the evening’s concert. Watch for signs in the lobby directing you to the lecture location which will be conveniently located near the performance space. You will have plenty of time to get to your seat.
What happens at the concert?
At the beginning of the concert, the concertmaster (the first chair violinist) will come onstage. The audience claps as a welcome, and as a sign of appreciation to all the musicians. After the orchestra tunes up, the conductor will come onstage. Everyone claps to welcome him, too. This is also a good time to look at your program, so you can see the names of the pieces that will be played and their order. Then everything settles down and the music begins. Just sit back, listen, and enjoy!
In most classical concerts the audience does not applaud during the music. They wait until the end of each piece, then applaud. But this can be a little tricky, because many pieces seem to end several times—they have several sections, or “movements.” You’ll know this by looking at the pieces listed in your program. The movements will be listed under the title of the piece. Your signal to clap is when the conductor drops his arms to his sides and turns to face the audience.
Most orchestra concerts are about two hours long, with an intermission at the halfway point. Very often there will be several pieces on the program, but sometimes there is one single work played straight through. It’s a good idea to take a look at the program before the concert to get an idea of what to expect.
Most intermissions are 20 minutes long, which gives you time to socialize with your companions, visit the facilities, or simply sit in your seat and read the program notes. At the Civic Center you may get a drink in the lobby and bring it back to your seat. Do whatever puts you in a good frame of mind to hear the second half of the concert.
If you have any additional questions, please email or call 309-671-1096.
Please enjoy your experience at the PSO. We hope to have you back at many concerts!