Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Arts and Culture
4:24 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

A Preview of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's "Firey Fiddlin'" Concert


UIS Ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis gives us a preview of this weekend's live performance by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra: "Firey Fiddlin'".

ISO Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler along with soloist Jeremy Kittel and ISO concertmaster Violetta Todorova talk about the program, which includes Evan Chambers' Concerto for Fiddle and Violin, Brahms' pastoral Third Symphony, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

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Arts and Culture
4:33 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Illinois Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts on WUIS

ISO Music Director Alastair Willis

A preview of WUIS' broadcasts of Illinois Symphony Orchestra performances from last season, beginning this Saturday night at 7pm.  Hosted by Yona Stamatis.

Broadcasts are 7:00-9:00pm Saturday nights:

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: "Holidays in the Heartland"

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: "Centennial Celebration"

The Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra - "Britain's Beauty"

Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra - "Magical Masters"

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Illinois Issues - The Scene
6:09 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Chamber Orchestra's "No Strings Attached"

Alistair Willis

This Friday at 6 and 8 p.m., the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra's next concert takes place at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield. 

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Illinois Syphony Orchestra
1:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Illinois Symphony Orchestra Joins The Circus For Holiday Pops


From the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Site: “Enter the fanciful world of Circus Flora at our Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert. Set among the High Tatras Mountains in the ancient and beautiful Kingdom of Spiish, A Winter Fable is a classic fairy tale with an edge of romance and deceit. Fabulous family fun where symphony and the circus arts is only the beginning of this spectacular evening!”

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1:31 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

"Monster Mash" Celebrates Halloween With Classical Music

Alastair Willis

On Halloween night at 6pm and then again at 8pm, the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform "The Monster Mash" at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Find out more info here. Here's our interview with Maestro Alastair Willis  about the performance: 

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Live at the Suggs
8:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Preview Of 'Beethoven Meets the Silk Road'

Sandeep Das
Credit Rachel Otwell/WUIS

A tabla virtuoso is in Springfield. Sandeep Das has worked with greats like Yo-Yo Ma and Ravi Shankar. He will play with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, headed by Alastair Willis, on Saturday (CLICK HERE for more info.)

In this interview, UIS ethnomusicology professor Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Willis about the concert, called 'Beethoven Meets the Silk Road': 

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Live at the Suggs
2:37 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Free Preview Performance & Discussion "Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra" Oct. 9


FREE Performance & Discussion
Thursday, October 9, 2014, Noon
WUIS Suggs Performance Studio

Join UIS Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Yona Stamatis in an interview/demonstration with:

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10:52 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Guest Conductor For Illinois Chamber Orchestra

Nicolas McGegan
Credit Steve Sherman

The Illinois Chamber Orchestra welcomes a guest conductor for Friday night's performance in Springfield.   Nicolas McGegan will lead a program of 18th century music at St. Agnes Church.  It begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature works of Haydn, Scarlatti, Bach and Telemann.

McGegan has been music director for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco for three decades.  As both a conductor and soloist, he has made over 100 recordings.

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4:15 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Chamber Orchestra Performs 'Britain's Beauty' Tonight

Alistair Willis

The Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s season opens tonight with the sumptuous sounds of English string music in a performance of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, featuring versatile tenor William Burden and the ISO’s principal horn Stephen Hanrahan.

WUIS' Karl Scroggin spoke with Music Director and Conductor Alistair Willis about the performances...

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Live at the Suggs
12:00 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Nicolas Kendall - Live at the Suggs

Violinist Nicolas Kendall, of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and Time for Three, peforms at the WUIS Suggs Performance Studio previewing his guest role with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Live at the Suggs
12:00 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Jason Vieaux & Lidia Kaminska - Live at the Suggs

A live performance by Jason Vieaux & Lidia Kaminska on Classics with Karl Scroggin from November 11, 2010.