Mendota Journalist | The IV Symphony Orchestra season has arrived


Music tells a story.

Music can be uplifting during turbulent times.

Music can be enjoyed alone or with friends and family.

The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra wants to celebrate it all as it plans to combine these elements and more in its five-concert season.

The 2022-23 music calendar is IVSO’s 73rd season featuring a variety of popular, classical, holiday, American, Spanish and Latin American music under the direction of

Daniel Sommerville.

A season pass gives access to five concerts or up to five tickets for one concert. This year, the IVOS is offering tiered pricing that allows those who buy early the best value. Subscriptions purchased before October 1 are $50, a 50% savings on the price of five individual tickets at $20 each, between October 2 and November 5 $75 and after November 5 $100.

Season passes can be ordered online at Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will be admitted to all concerts free of charge. Tickets for college students with ID are $5 at the door.

Here’s a preview of what’s happening on a stage near you:

Celebrate Cinema!

pop concert

7 p.m. Saturday, October 1

Illinois Valley Community College Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Center

Movie and music go together because you can’t watch a movie without music and once music is connected to a movie, it’s linked forever.

For the first concert of the season, the IVSO presents film music from different eras.

There will be a presentation of the 1921 silent film Never get weak with live orchestral accompaniment by Robert Israel.

The program also includes music by Erick Korngold, Ennio and Andrea Morricone, John Williams and others from The sea falcon (1940), Le Grand Pays, Vertigo, Cinema Paradiso, Jane Eyre, and Jurassic Park.

Celebrate the symphony. . . and the Concerto!

With cellist Leonardo Altino

7 p.m. Saturday, November 5

Matthiessen Auditorium of La Salle-Peru High School

The IVSO presents the two greatest forms of instrumental music, the concerto and the symphony: Saint-Saëns Concerto for cello No. 1 in A minor; Mozart Symphony No. 31, Paris; and Nielsen Symphony No. 2, The Four Temperaments.

Celebrate Joy!

With tenor Roger Amm

3 p.m. Sunday, December 11

La Salle-Peru High School Auditorium

The holiday season is all about joy, joy and celebration.

Music is essential during the most magical time of the year and the IVSO offers some of the best of the best: selections from The Messiah; more Nutcracker Suite No. 1, Prokofiev Lt Kije After, The dance of the angels, the Polar Express, the sleigh ride, and It was the night before Christmas, reported by Mr. Amm.

Celebrate the youth!

7 p.m. Saturday March 11

Ottawa Township High School Auditorium

With the winners of the IVSO Young Performers 2023 competition, The wasps opening and Parade of kitchen utensils by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantastic Scherzo of Suk, and of Copland Appalachian Spring

Celebrate Culture!

With Kate Tombaugh, a mezzo-soprano

3 p.m. Saturday May 7

Illinois Valley Community College Cultural Center

Celebrate culture with Illinois Valley favorite mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh at seven popular songs by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla in a concert of Spanish and Latin American music. Also on the program The three-cornered hatSuite No. 2 by Falla, Danzón No. 2 by Márquez, Fandangos by Sierra, and Four Dances by estancia by Ginastere.

All IVSO concert halls are ADA accessible. The season sponsor is WCMY/WRLX Radio. These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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