BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Wesleyan University Civic Orchestra will open its
30th season with a new music director, Lev Ivanov on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Bloomington Center for Performing Arts.
Ivanov has won international chamber music and conducting competitions. He studied
at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Ukraine and received his doctorate
from Arizona State University (ASU). At ASU he served as assistant conductor of ASU
Symphony Orchestra and also conducted the ASU Sinfonietta. He has worked with several
European and U.S. orchestras. He began teaching at IWU this fall.
The program includes Bizet’s Carmen andRavel’s Boléro as well as Romanian folk music and other selections.
Professor Emeritus Steven W. Eggleston established the civic orchestra in 1984. It
is an auditioned group of string, percussionist and wind students. The orchestra has
performed alongside various eminent musical personalities, including virtuoso string
bassist Edgar Meyer and Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw, who is also an Illinois
Wesleyan alumna, and many others.