IV Symphony Orchestra season is here

Music tells a story.

Music can be uplifting during turbulent times.

Music can be enjoyed by yourself or with friends and family.

The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra wants to celebrate all as it plans to combine these elements and many others during its season featuring five concerts.

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

Daniel Sommerville.

A season subscription provides admission to all five concerts or up to five admissions for any one concert. This year, the IVOS offers tiered pricing that allows those who purchase early the best value. Subscriptions purchased by Oct. 1 cost $50, a savings of 50% off the price of five individual tickets at $20 each, between Oct. 2 and Nov. 5 $75, and after Nov. 5 $100.

Season tickets may be ordered online at ivso.org. Students in grades K-12 will be admitted free to all concerts. Tickets for college students with ID are $5 at the door.

Here is a look at what will be on a stage near you:


Celebrate the Cinema!

Pops Concert

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1

Illinois Valley Community College Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre

Film and music go hand in hand as you can’t watch a movie without music and once music is connected with a movie it is linked forever.

For the first concert of the season, the IVSO is showcasing movie music from different eras.

There will be a presentation of the 1921 silent film Never Weaken 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 Hawk (1940), The Big Country, Vertigo, Cinema Paradiso, Jane Eyre, and Jurassic Park.



Celebrate the Symphony . . . and the Concerto!

Featuring cellist Leonardo Altino

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5

La Salle-Peru High School Matthiessen Auditorium

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


Celebrate Joy!

Featuring tenor Roger Amm

3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

La Salle-Peru High School Auditorium

The holiday season means cheer, joy, and celebration.

Music is key during the most magical time of the year and the IVSO is delivering some of the best of the best: selections from The Messiah; plus The Nutcracker Suite No. 1, Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Angel’s Dance, The Polar Express, Sleigh Ride, and ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, narrated by Mr. Amm.


Celebrate Youth!

7 p.m. Saturday, March 11

Ottawa Township High School Auditorium

Featuring winners of the 2023 IVSO Young Performers Competition, The Wasps Overture and March Past of the Kitchen Utensils by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Scherzo Fantastique by Suk, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring


Celebrate Culture!

Featuring Kate Tombaugh, a mezzo-soprano

3 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Illinois Valley Community College Cultural Center

Celebrate Culture with Illinois Valley favorite Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano, in Seven Popular Songs by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla in a concert of Spanish and Latin American music. Also on the program are The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2 by de Falla, Danzón No. 2 by Márquez, Fandangos by Sierra, and Four Dances from Estancia by Ginastera.

 All IVSO concert venues are ADA accessible. Season sponsor is WCMY / WRLX Radio. These programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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