Members of the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra are active each semester performing instrumental, choral, and operatic works.
Past performances have included works such as:
Richard Strauss' Death and Transfiguration
Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 "Organ"
Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps, Petrouchka, Firebird Suite, Apollo Musagette
Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 2, 5, and 9
Copland's Appalachian Spring and Music for Theater
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana,
William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast,
Verdi’s Messa de Requiem
(MUS 182, 282, 482)
The Illinois State University Symphony performs some of the most challenging music in the orchestral repertoire. The Symphony performs six complete concert cycles each academic year, including the annual choral program in October, the Music for Holidays concerts in December, a concerto-aria concert featuring the School of Music's finest performers chosen from the annual competition, and the annual opera/musical, produced in conjunction with the Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance.
The Fall 2018 Symphony Orchestra concert cycles include riveting performances of Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 “Organ” , Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 5 and the annual Music for Holidays concerts.
The Winter 2019 concerts will include Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Berlioz' Hungarian March from "Damnation of Faust", and Sydney Hodkinson's Embers.
High school students from Illinois are invited to attend this free workshop, led by ISU faculty members: Sarah Gentry (violin), Katherine Lewis (viola), Adriana Ransom (cello), Bill Koehler (bass), and Glenn Block (conductor). The workshop will focus on ILMEA excerpts and scales in addition to string technique. Please register by Wednesday, September 19th.
For more information
Dr. Glenn Block
Director of Orchestras,
Professor of Conducting