2023/24 Season

FEBRUARY 24, 2024: 7:30p
SIERRA, GERSHWIN & TCHAIKOVSKY

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Sean Chen, Piano

SIERRA Kiskadee
New Commission part of the Virginia B. Toulon Orchestral Commissions Program
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy

IPO presents the work of Arlene Sierra, George Gershwin and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in stunning fashion. Sean Chen, whom Wayne Lee Gay (Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Texas Classical Review) describes as owning “…an impressive technique, a remarkable command of piano sonority, and an unusual gift for building musical impetus,” takes center stage for what is sure to be a standout performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. Also slated for the evening is Kiskadee, a new commission by Arlene Sierra, whose work, The Guardian proclaims, “…has its own character, in which historical and contemporary influences are fused into a highly flexible and distinctive style… packed with crisp, vivid detail that’s not at all hand-me-downs.” This piece is performed as part of the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program through the League of American Orchestras. The program will close with Tchaikovsky’s wondrous Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy.

MARCH 16, 2024: 3:00p
DEBUSSY, V. WILLIAMS & THOMAS

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Elizabeth Huffman, Violin
Anima Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus
ChiArts

DEBUSSY (arr. Mouton) Suite bergamasque
VAUGHN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
THOMAS Gwendolyn Brooks Settings World Premiere Co-commission

With a special afternoon matinee show time set for this youth-centered program, IPO will world premiere a co-commission with Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus by Pulitzer Prize finalist Augusta Read Thomas utilizing poems from Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks’ Bronzeville Boys and Girls and featuring vocals by Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and ChiArts. Paired with this performance will be Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Debussy’s Suite bergamasque. IPO Assistant Concertmaster Elizabeth Huffman steps into the solo spotlight for this afternoon performance.

APRIL 13, 2024: 7:30p
BOLOGNE, MOZART & HAYDN

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Lee Shirer, Horn

HUỲNH (Composer-in-Residence) World Premiere
BOLOGNE Symphony No. 1
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4
HAYDN Symphony No. 104

IPO presents IPO principal horn Lee Shirer at the helm for this stunningly opulent program of classical giants alongside a world premiere of IPO Composer-in-Residence Oswald Huỳnh.

APRIL 16, 2024: 6:30pm
CLASSICAL EVOLVE
NOTE: This event will take place in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium at Prarie State College, 202 S. Halsted St, Chicago Heights, IL   

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Daixuan Ai
Chris Neiner
Osnat Netzer
Sepehr Pirasteh

As part of Maestro Stilian Kirov’s vision to encourage the development of new musical voices, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is the proud home of IPO Classical Evolve, aimed at expanding the canon of classical music for current and future generations. Beginning in 2023/24, IPO has partnered with Earshot, a program of the American Composers Orchestra, in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will rehearse, perform and record select upcoming compositions for orchestra, offering selected participants the opportunity to collaborate with world class mentors Jessie Montgomery and James Stephenson, both established orchestral composers and industry leaders.

MAY 18, 2024: 7:30p
JOYFUL VOICES: MARSALIS & BEETHOVEN

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Chicago Community Chorus w/ Dr. Keith Hampton, Artistic Director/Founder
Kimberly E. Jones, Soprano
Leah Dexter, Mezzo-Soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, Tenor
Bill McMurray, Baritone

MARSALIS Concerto for Orchestra
Preview of New Work
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
200th Anniversary Performance
First performed in Vienna on May 7, 1824

IPO lowers the curtain on their 46th season with a resounding performance of one of music’s most celebrated and well-known works, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. With its debut performance having taken place in Vienna on May 7, 1824, IPO’s performance will commence nearly 200 years to the day after it first came alive. Also, on the bill for this epic evening will be a preview of the famed trumpeter / composer Wynton Marsalis’ new work for symphony orchestra ahead of its World Premiere next season. This is a rare opportunity to get a sneak peek before the world hears it! Kimberly E. Jones (soprano), Leah Dexter (Mezzo-Soprano), Ryan Townsend Strand (Tenor), Bill McMurray (Baritone) and the Chicago Community Chorus will lend their thunderous talents to the evening’s program.

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Programs and artists subject to change

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