Lights! Camera! Action! For the
Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Silver Screen Gala
Celebrate like a star as the Illinois Symphony Orchestra celebrates 25 years at our Silver Screen Gala starring musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra with special guests Julie Staley and Pianist Cory Brown, led by Music Director Ken Lam performing some of the greatest hits of the Silver Screen. This special evening of FUN-draising will honor Isringhausen Imports and the Isringhausen Family for their many years of support and will also include dinner, live and silent auctions, and exciting entertainment all in support of LIVE music in central Illinois. Walk the red carpet, in your formal attire or as your favorite movie star, on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Springfield, Illinois.
Funds raised at the Silver Screen Gala help support the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's many performances throughout the community including symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, Concerts for Kids, Around the Town Free Chamber Music Series and Music Matters! In-school education programs. As ticket sales, sponsorships and advertising sales cover only 25% of the ISO's expenses, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra relies on the generous financial support of the community to make great live music possible.
Make your reservation today by calling the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at (217) 522-2838 Ext 16 or go online to www.ilsymphony.org.
Red Carpet sponsors include Concordia Village Lutheran Senior Services, A Friend of the Symphony, Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield, and Qik-n-EZ.
Julie Staley has been singing since the age of nine when she began studying under opera star Christine Brewer. Her first vocal competition at nine, she placed seventh in the nation.
She's been on stage in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. In Central Illinois she's performed at the Muni, the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre in the Park, and Playhouse on the Square in Jacksonville. Favorite roles include Morticia in The Addams Family, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Myra in Deathtrap, Baroness Elsa Schraeder and Maria in The Sound of Music, Cassie in Rumors, Lexie in The Dixie Swim Club, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Marian in The Music Man, Hope in Anything Goes, Nancy in Oliver!, Annie and Grace in Annie. She sings with the Praise Team at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Julie's parents were both accomplished musicians. Her father, Bob Heil, performed professionally as a child, and has led an audio design career in the Rock and Roll industry since 1965. He is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland.
Julie worked as a television news anchor for more than two decades and is talent for TV specials and commercials. She received an M.S. summa cum laude from SIU-E in Mass Communications, and a B.A. from SIU-C in Radio-Television, minoring in Musical Theatre.
Julie and her husband Mark have two boys who are continuing the family tradition of performing. They appear in national print ads and commercials, and recently performed at the Chicago Lyric Opera in Mozart's The Magic Flute. Julie is the Board President for the Staley Museum in Decatur and the Hoogland Center for the Arts.
Cory Brown has been in the entertainment business for over 18 years. Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, he began playing the piano at age 7. Playing the piano at church during his formative years, he has never stopped. Cory is a solo pianist, playing for public and private events. He is also a piano accompanist, organist liturgist and director of the Snake Person Singers at Christ the King Catholic Church, where he is also a parishioner.
From the Illinois Governor's Mansion to Beale Street in Memphis, Cory has played all over the country. One of Cory's favorite hobbies is accompanying musical theater productions. Favorite credits include; West Side Story, Les Miserables, Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years, Children of Eden, RENT, White Christmas, Disney's Little Mermaid, Disney's NEWSIES and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Cory's involvement in the arts has taught him how to put together a successful act, show or event. Cory operates his own music entertainment business appropriately named: Music by Cory Brown. The DJ business is another of Cory's favorite hobbies. He began DJ'ing small events at 13, and weddings at age 15. Providing quality musical entertainment is Cory's true passion.
Cory is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Staab Funeral Homes in Springfield and Sherman. Cory applies his skills of care, precision and accuracy from his professional life to his entertainment business. Cory is a local philanthropist and enjoys giving back to the Springfield community. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and has a degree in Mortuary Science from Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, ILThe 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.