• Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra

    Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra

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    IVSO HISTORY AND MISSION

    Since their first season in 1949-50, the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra has been striving to fulfill its mission ''to entertain and inspire the community by performing live orchestral music.'' Music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Periods has been prepared under the direction of seventeen conductors from the first, Russell Harvey (1949-60) to the Brazilian-born Lucia Matos (2009-2018) and beginning with the 2019-2020 season, Dr. Daniel Sommerville. Local and international soloists have appeared with the IVSO and traditions - including the annual Pops Concert and the bi-annual Nutcracker ballet - have developed over the years. The business and development of the orchestra are overseen by a Board of Directors made up of community members throughout the Illinois Valley.

    The vision of the IVSO involves engaging and educating the community. To meet this vision the annual Young Performers Competition and Concert was begun in 1968 encouraging Illinois Valley youth to audition as soloists and, if selected, perform with the orchestra. The first performance of Tchaikovsky's, The Nutcracker, in 1969, has lead to a performance of the ballet every other year with local dance academies supplying the dancers and choreographers. Community singers have also been engaged for periodic performances of Handel's, The Messiah, and other choral/symphonic works. Another ongoing educational program of the IVSO has the orchestra performing every year at area schools.

    Rep/Contact Info

    Daniel Sommerville
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