Peoria Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Violinist Charles Yang Performing World Premiere of Concerto

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:57 pm

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra continues its 116th season with a concert entitled Yin and Yang on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Dynamic violinist Charles Yang, described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star,” will join the Peoria Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The concert includes the World Premiere of a newly commissioned piece -- Covers: Concerto for Popular Culture & Orchestra by Armand Ranjbaran. This piece features music of the Beatles, Queen and the Eagles. Add to this, the “rock-star” quality of the soloist and you have an evening that will appeal to all ages as both art and entertainment. An additional feature of this concert is the inclusion of the Central Illinois Youth Symphony whose musicians will perform side-by-side with the PSO on the Tchaikovsky – Festival Overture. The evening will include a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. and a panel discussion following the concert with Conductor George Stelluto, violinist Charles Yang and composer Armand Ranjbaran.

According to Music Director George Stelluto “an underlying theme throughout the season is the relationship between popular culture and art culture. Composers often turn to popular culture for inspiration and we will see this in both the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and the Concerto for Popular Culture and Orchestra.

Audience members will enjoy the world-premiere of this piece commissioned by the PSO specifically for this concert and Charles Yang. Composer, Armand Ranjbaran, used three famous songs as the basis of his piece Covers: Concerto for Popular Culture and Orchestra – the Beatles”Blackbird”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the Eagles “Hotel California.”

Everyone is invited to join Music Director George Stelluto, violinist Charles Yang, and composer Armand Ranjbaran after the concert for a discussion and Q&A session. “This is a unique opportunity for our audience to stay after the concert and ask questions about the music they have just experienced.” said Executive Director Susan Hoffman.

Tickets for Yin and Yang start at $26 for adults and are only $11 for students and may be purchased by calling the PSO Box Office, 309.671.1096, by visiting the Box Office at 101 State Street in the WTVP building or on line at www.peoriasymphony.org. Season tickets for a seven concert series and a flexible Compose Your Own four- concert package are also on sale.

Established in 1897 and recognized as the 14th oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S., the PSO launched a new era with a move to Peoria’s riverfront warehouse district, bridging its status as central Illinois’ venerable orchestra with a future in the region’s most innovative business and cultural district.

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