Press release submitted by Pearl A. Strickland, executive director of Knox-Galesburg Symphony.|
Galesburg -- To complete its fifty-seventh season, the award-winning Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) under the direction of Bruce Polay will present three 2009 subscription concerts in the Orpheum Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, March 28 and April 25. Two non-subscription events will be performed on Feb. 7 and May 9. Single tickets or 3-concert discount ticket packages are now available at the Orpheum Theatre Office, 250 East Main Street, Galesburg or by
calling (309) 342-2299.
The Saturday, February 28 concert, will include Bizet's "Carmen Suite Nr. 1" and Hovhaness' Concerto Nr. 7 for Orchestra, Opus 116. Cellist Anne Suda returns to perform Dvorak's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in B minor, Opus 104 and Gilbertson's "Songs of the South Wind." At the March 28 concert, the KGS will perform Bantock's "Old English Suite." The program includes KGS principal flute Carol Neuleib and clarinet Eric Ginsberg performing Saint-Saens' "Tarantellle for Flute and Clarinet" and Ravel's "Introduction and Allegro." Saint-Saens "Morceau de Concert, Opus 154" will be performed by featured harp soloist Faye Seeman. On Saturday, April 28 the subscription finale will include a performance of Brahms Symphony Nr. 3 in F Major, Opus 90 and McNair's "Beachspring." This concert will spotlight the return of internationally acclaimed Czech-born pianist Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey performing Rubinstein's Piano Concerto Nr. 4 in D minor, Opus 70.
The 2009 non-subscription events include the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Trio, featuring David Suda, violin; Carolyn Suda, cello; and Bruce Polay, piano performing a recital at Knox College's Kresge Hall on February 7 featuring works by Mozart, Suk, and Dvorak. And on May 9 at the Orpheum Theatre, the KGS will present the ever-popular "Celebrate Mom at the Pops" highlighting the music of Leroy Anderson, one of America's most popular 20^th century composers, with Nicole Malley providing timeless recollection from the Golden Age of American popular music. Reduced prices are available for these two non-subscription performances when purchased with a KGS 3-concert discount ticket package starting as low as $20. Single and package tickets, children and students half-price, are available at the Orpheum Theatre Office, 250 East Main Street in Galesburg or by calling (309)-342-2299.
A new 2009 event presented by West Music at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at the Orpheum is the "Bruce and Old Friends" lecture/recital with Bruce Polay sharing historical tidbits and performing works by "old friends" on the concert Steinway including Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Piazzolla, Scriabin and Liszt as well as his own compositions. Those making advance reservations only to the KGS Office at (309) 341-7268 not only save $3 but, on a first-come basis, will be seated on the Orpheum stage with Polay. Tickets also available at the door at a cost of $10 with children under 12 admitted free.
Holiday gift certificates are available for any KGS event, the KGS "Golden" or Polay's "Pictures for an Exhibition" CD by calling the KGS Office at (309) 341-7268. KGS program details are available on the KGS website: KnoxGalesburgSymphony.org.
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony concerts are sponsored, in part, by Knox College, NAEIR, City of Galesburg, Azer Rehab Systems, P.C., Blick Art Materials, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Target Stores, Wells Fargo Bank, G & M Distributors, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.