FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2021


PEORIA, IL The Peoria Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce their return to the concert hall on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria. In the first concert of the PSO’s 124th Season, Symphony Triumphant, Mozart and Beethoven treat us to their happiest, charming, and most profound affirmations of life. Pianist Kevin Murphy, a leading figure in the classical vocal world, joins the PSO for this joyous evening.

Regarding the season opening concert, Maestro George Stelluto comments:

“The program is life affirming, celebratory, and thankful. Mozart’s Magic Flute playfully reminds us of humanity’s fairy-tale quest, often misguided, for wisdom and virtue, before his wonderful Piano Concerto in C Major, K503. The kindred spirit of his ‘Jupiter Symphony’ that we performed last season and the alter ego of his ominous C Minor Concerto K. 491, the C Major is joyous, intimate, and wise. Then we have the charming, humorous, and quirky Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven. He wrote it during a most stressful and challenging time during his life—because sometimes laughter is the best medicine!”

The PSO begins the evening with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant Overture to “The Magic Flute.” Next, pianist Kevin Murphy will perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 25 with the orchestra. This is one of the largest of the concertos that Mozart wrote for his own performances in Vienna, and it also seems to have been one of his personal favorites. The PSO closes with the bright Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven. Prepare to be delighted by an outsized portion of wit and good humor.

In keeping with bringing world-renowned artists to central Illinois, the PSO is excited to welcome pianist Kevin Murphy. Murphy is Director of Coaching and Music Administration for Indiana University Opera Theater, and Professor of Music and Co-Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Remarking on Murphy’s upcoming performance, Maestro Stelluto notes:

Kevin’s own noble humanity and sense of beauty will inspire your inner Mozart. Given Kevin’s astonishing opera background, you are in for an insightful discovery of Mozart’s operatic mind at work in a purely instrumental genre.”

Curious to learn more about the concert? Arrive at 6:30 PM for Maestro Stelluto’s Pre-Concert Lecture. After the concert, be sure to join Maestro Stelluto, musicians, and fellow concert-goers for a P.S. Party at Suite Fire Bar and Grille, located inside the Holiday Inn & Suites at 7601 North Orange Prairie Road, Peoria (drinks will be available to purchase).

Symphony Triumphant is sponsored by Carl W. Soderstrom, MD, Commerce Bank, Conductor’s Circle, and The Meredith Foundation. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

You can stay informed about the PSO by visiting, the PSO’s Facebook page (, as well as our Twitter and Instagram accounts (@peoriasymphony). Those with questions can email or call 309.671.1096.

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Founded in 1897, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, educate, and inspire through music. The PSO presents excellent live musical performances, innovative music education programs, and engaging community outreach efforts, which significantly impact the cultural and economic vitality of Central Illinois.

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