Pipe dreams are made of these! German organ sensation Felix Hell showcases the grandest of all instruments in Poulenc's profound Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns famous and spiritual Organ Symphony. The ISO pulls out all the stops, opening with the masterful arrangement of Bach's Fantasia and Fugue by Edward Elgar.
Listen LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, in Bloomington, Illinois and Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS in Springfield, Illinois. Each concert will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal and Springfield.
Please join Music Director Ken Lam and Organist Felix Hell before the concert for Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, March 23, 2018 at 6:45 PM in the Ballroom of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Sangamon Auditorium.
Go to www.ilsymphony.org to learn more about the upcoming concert and other pre-concert activities hosted by the Guilds of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
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Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777 and in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160. Single ticket prices range from $20 to $60 for premium seating. Student tickets available for $5 (6 years +). Senior discounts are also available. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the concert. Tickets prices do not include auditorium processing and/or ticketing fees.
Pipe Dreams is sponsored by season sponsor The Landmark Automotive Group, concert sponsors Sorling Northrup Attorneys, Carole & Jerry Ringer, and WILL Illinois Public Media, and guest artist sponsors Jim & Debbie Ringer and Charlie & Joan Vanden Eynden.
A native of Germany, Felix Hell is one of the most sought after concert organists in the world. He has been featured as a recitalist and concerto soloist in more than 850 concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The American Organist magazine raved that he "sets standards that older and honored players would struggle to equal."
Felix Hell's discography includes 10 CDs including music for Organ and Symphony Orchestra by Barber, Guilmant and Jongen. His recordings are frequently broadcast throughout the United States and across the world; he has appeared on television globally.
His project "Music Across America" allows him to travel with his own touring organ, performing organ concertos and recitals in spaces that do not house pipe organs, liberating the instrument from its historic confines.
Felix Hell is known for his diverse and innovative programming, drawing upon a repertoire encompassing five centuries. Furthermore, he has received global recognition for his marathon performances of the entire organ works of J.S. Bach, which encompass about 250 compositions and close to 20 hours of performance time. He has since performed the complete Bach cycle four times, most recently in 2013 in Seoul, Korea.
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra marks its 25th season of critically-acclaimed music making in the 2017-2018 season with new Music Director Ken Lam. The ISO performs series of concerts in Springfield and Bloomington/Normal, Illinois with four Symphony Orchestra concerts, two Chamber Orchestra concerts, a Pops concert, a Holiday Pops concert and Concerts for Kids.
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra's commitment to the community is highlighted through its engaging Concerts for Kids, free Around the Town Chamber Music Series and the award-winning Music Matters! in-school program for students in Kindergarten – 6th grade. The orchestra won the Illinois Council of Orchestras' award for Meritorious Service in Outstanding Programming in 2002, and its Community Service award in 2004, both in recognition of overall service to the citizens of central Illinois. The orchestra performs throughout the year, bringing diverse repertoire and live musical experiences to audiences of all ages and backgrounds in both urban and rural settings. The orchestra performs in Bloomington/Normal at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Second Presbyterian Church and in Springfield at Sangamon Auditorium and First Presbyterian Church. The ISO has a budget of $1.2 million and proudly serves as a vital cultural resource, educational partners and an invaluable enhancement to the quality of life in its home bases of Springfield and Bloomington-Normal.
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1993 as a consolidation of two well established organizations: the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Association and the Bloomington Normal Symphony Society. The orchestra won numerous awards and appeared at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall during the tenure of Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler. It has performed statewide with appearances at the Illinois State Fair, Millennium Park in Chicago and Ravinia Festival. The ISO has been actively involved in community engagement winning the Community Event of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras for its 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration involving over 1,000 performers and in 2015 performed a commemorative concert for the 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train with over 250 performers drawn from throughout central Illinois.
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Additional information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra is available at www.ilsymphony.org.
The ISO is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.