Posted - September 26, 2011
Eureka College Welcomes Peoria Symphony Chamber Players for Music of Dance and Celebration
0ctober 9 - 7:30 pm
The Peoria Symphony Chamber Players will perform “Street Cred: Music for Dance and Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. Admission is $10.
The program will feature music written for celebration and dance of many kinds, according to Music Director George Stelluto. It will include “Brandenburg Concerto No. 4” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Concerto Grosso Opus 6, No. 8” by Arcangelo Corelli, “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9” by Heitor
Villa Lobos, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang Mozart and “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland.
The program will mix familiar styles and brings together Bach, who wrote his piece for what amounted to a party for the Duke of Brandenburg, and Villa Lobos, who began as a street musician and then traveled the world, Stelluto said. “Villa Lobos emulates Bach's style through a Brazilian prism in his work on our program,” Stelluto said. “Mozart's music is very familiar, and ‘A Little Night Music’ is written as a serenade for a convivial evening. Finally, what better way to celebrate the harvest than with dance music of Aaron Copland's ‘Appalachian Spring?’ It will be a most enjoyable evening," Stelluto said.
The Peoria Symphony Chamber Players is comprised of rotating members of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra with a passion for chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire.
“The inspiration for the chamber players came from two sources: our chamber orchestra performances last year during the regular season and the fantastic chamber music performances of our Illinois New Music Festival last May,” Stelluto said. “Our excellent PSO musicians, performing in ensembles of four to 20 players, were exciting and inspirational. I knew immediately that this should be a regular component to our PSO activities. We are very excited to be in Eureka to share this wonderful music with the community there. When I visited Eureka for the first time, I knew we had to play there."
The concert is the first of five performances by the Peoria Symphony Chamber Players at Eureka College this academic year.
Other performances will be:
Feb. 7 – “African American Influences on Classical Music: Free Men and Free Minds!” featuring music of Dede, Lambert, Gottschalk and Groesch.
March 6 – “Ancient Voices – Korean Traditional Music and Literature,” part of the "Peoria:
An International Community" Celebration.
March 19 – “Contemporary Latin American Music,” part of the "Peoria: An International Community" Celebration.
April 19 – “The Genius of Beethoven.”
For more information, call the Provost’s Office at (309) 467-6301.
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