Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra to Perform “Peter and the Wolf”

Sept. 27, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra (IWSO) will present a matinee performance at 12:45 p.m. followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Both performances will take place at Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington, and are free and open to the public.

Conducted by IWU Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Lev Ivanov, the IWSO’s matinee performance will feature Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale, “Peter and the Wolf” Op. 67. One of Prokofiev’s most frequently performed works, characters in the tale are represented by a corresponding instrument in the orchestra.

The evening concert will include “Peter and the Wolf” along with works by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana and Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Currently in its 33rd season, the IWSO is comprised of students from a variety of disciplines at Illinois Wesleyan. The group performs works from all musical periods and has had the opportunity to work with many esteemed soloists, including five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano and Illinois Wesleyan alumna Dawn Upshaw.

The group has appeared on the CBS program Sunday Morning and toured throughout the U.S. The IWSO was honored as a national finalist for the American Prize in Orchestral Performance 2016-17.

For more information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.

By Vi Kakares '20