Arts

Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Lisa Nelson Raabe joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the influences and techniques which inspired “Still Point”, a collection of her work now on display through July 31 at the Peoria Art Guild. Large in scale, yet fine and fragile, the work follows her ideas into visible constructions that are translucent, elegant and contemplative. Learn more at the Peoria Art Guild.

Morton Chamber of Commerce

This week on Out and About, Leigh Ann Brown of the Morton Chamber of Commerce joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the importance of supporting local businesses and artists. Fourth Friday takes place the Fourth Friday of every month in the heart of downtown Morton and provides an outdoor walk-about environment featuring a variety of artisans, musicians, shopping, and outdoor and online activities.
For more information see the Arts Partners Events Calendar.

   

Five Points Washington

This week on Out and About Jenn Gordon talks with Mike Schulte from Five Points Washington about their outdoor summer concert series, Five Points Fridays. The series runs through October 16th and will include acoustic performances by Pocket Mouse, Neal Bowling, Kick-in & Pickin, Top 4D and Chase Sieting. Tonight's show features Black Velvet. Gates open at 5:30pm and the performance will start at 6pm. Local food and drink will be available for purchase on site.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Contemproary Art Center of Peoria Exectuive Director, William Butler joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the variety of central Illinois artwork on display at the CIAO member show, as well as the power themes of motherhood and creation explored through the works of Janis Mars Wunderlich. Both shows remain on display at the CAC now through June 26. https://peoriacac.org/current-exhibitions/

Peoria Ballet

This week on Out and About, Wendy Thomasson joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Ballet is embracing technology to keep their students on pointe! Learn more at peoriaballet.com

Art Inc

On this week’s episode,  Executive Director of Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (Art, Inc.) Nikki Romain joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the organization delivers arts based e-learning options to the community in the midst of the pandemic.

This week on Out and About, Mae Gilliland Wright joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Symphony Orchestra is innovating in the midst of Covid-19 to bring meaningful programming to the community. Find out more about the #PSOAtHome online series at peoriasymphony.org!

Peoria Art Guild

Local arts organizations are adjusting to social distancing guidelines in an effort to stay safely connected to the community. 

We're talking with David Commanday, Music Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. The HFO is closing its current season with an all-Tchaikovsky program tomorrow night. They'll be performing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, which Commanday describes as a "barn-burner." The composer's Piano Concerto No. 1.  features a return appearance by pianist Michael Brown; it's a technical challenge for the performer, and it's noteworthy among the Piano Concerto repertoire in the way it puts the orchestra and the solo instrument in opposition to one another. 

Wheels O' Time Museum

This week, we're talking with Marcia Johnson from the Wheels O' Time Museum in Dunlap, about some of their exhibits and events for the 2019 season. The museum is currently displaying an autonomous car made in Morton. There will also be will an exhibit featuring the history of cars, from the Model T to the present day. That exhibit runs June 22nd and 23rd.

Morton Civic Chorus Presents "Encore 2019" Next Week

May 17, 2019

Our guest this week is Denise Adams, director of the Morton Civic Chorus. The Chorus is presenting its spring fundraising concert, "Encore 2019" next week. It's also celebrating Adams' 35-year anniversary at the podium.

Adams talk a bit about the history of the Chorus: It grew out of a fundraising event to raise money for someone who needed a kidney transplant. Now, proceeds from the spring concert go to the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund, which provides services to patients with chronic kidney disease.

Sculpture Walk Returns Next Weekend

May 10, 2019

This week, we're talking to Bill Conger, from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and Lynette Steger with Sculpture Walk Peoria. Sculpture Walk 2019 gets underway next Saturday (May 18th), with 9 new sculptures along Washington Street in downtown Peoria. Opening day activities include opportunities to see the sculptures and interact with the artists. Local arts groups will also be on hand, with information about their classes, programs and scholarship opportunities. Steger says this is intended to allow people to experience and participate in the arts year-round.

Peoria Players Theatre Presents "A Chorus Line"

May 3, 2019

This week, our guest is Chip Joyce. He's directing "A Chorus Line" at Peoria Players Theatre, and also appearing in the production as Zach the director.

Our guest this week is George Stelluto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Their 121st season closes this week with the concert, "Great Cities: New York." Selections from Edward MacDowell and Samuel Barber reflect the Romantic tradition of the city; Broadway is represented by "West Side Story" and a "collage" of show tunes.

Bradley Theatre Presents "Sense and Sensibility"

Apr 19, 2019

Bradley University is closing its current season with a production of "Sense and Sensibility" -- an adaptation of the classic novelby Jane Austen. We're talking with director Dan Matisa; and with Susan Falk, who plays Elinor.

This week, we're talking with Jimmy Bridgeman, the owner of Rock Solid Studios in Dunlap; and with musician David McDonald. Bridgeman says he started his studio in an affort to provide a quality recording facility for local musicians. They've since expanded to add songwriting workshops amd open-mic nights, and their "Coffeehouse sessions." Those combine elements of a recording studio and a small performance venue.

"The Marty Monologues" Return to the Apollo Theater

Apr 5, 2019

This week, we're talking with Marty Wombacher, about this weekend's performance of "The Marty Monologues." He's the writer behind the "Meanwhile Back in Peoria blog," and the show features his stories of growing up in Peoria in the 1960s.

The performance incorporates local musicians Sarah Marie Dillard and Brandon Mooberry.

After the Peoria performance, Wombacher will present the show in Chicago and  New York.

"The Marty Monologues" will be performed Sunday night at 7:00 at the Apollo Theater in downtown Peoria.

This week, we're talking with Jonathan Wright, Editor-in-Chief of Peoria Magazines. The company is launching a new publication, "Peoria Magazine," that will combine their coverage of business, lifestyle, and the arts in central Illinois. The new magazine will combine the features that were previously available in the company's "Art and Society" and "Interbusiness Issues" publications. It also incorporates new features and contributors.

PeoriaBallet.com

This week, Jenn Gordon talks with Wendy Thomasson and Jorge Laico of the Peoria Ballet. They discuss the upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland and Paquita. Lewis Carroll’s classic story is transformed into a charming ballet. This family friendly adventure will transport you to a colorful fantasy world full of exhilarating fun! Plus, one of the ballet world’s all time classics – Paquita.

This week, we're talking with Erin Buczynski about Bradley University's International Print and Drawing Exhibition. The bi-annual event is one of the largest, and longest-running, of its kind. It features 134 different works, on display at 7 participating locations across Peoria. The pieces include examples of drawing, printmaking and book arts.

Peoria Players Opens Its Production of "Dreamgirls"

Mar 8, 2019

This weekend, Peoria Players is presenting the musical "Dreamgirls." We talk about the production with director Lisa Voyles; and with Ronnie Hudson II, who plays Curtis in the show.

This week, we're talking with David Commanday, Music Director of Youth Music Illinois. YMI is hosting its annual fundraising event, "A Musical Masquerade" tonight. The event features performances by the YMI ensembles, silent auctions, and wine and craft beer tastings.

This week, we're talking with Jerry Kolb from public television station WTVP. The station is holding a CD release party with the bands The Deep Hollow and UpState. Both groups have been featured on WTVP's program "State and Water," and both are now out with their second albums.

Eureka College Presents "Pippin" This Weekend

Feb 15, 2019

This week, we're talking with Marty Lynch, about Eureka College's production of the musical "Pippin." It's the story of a young man, seeking to find his place in the world -- his "Corner of the Sky." The musical was the result of a collaboration between Stephen Schwartz (the creator of "Godspell" and "Wicked") and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse.

This week, we're talking with George Stelluto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra; and with Todd Kelly, about the PSO's concert this weekend. Stelluto says the concert is like a box of Valentine's Day chocoloates, offering a sampler of musical experiences. The Todd Kelly Quintet will present original jazz compositions toward the middle of the program; dancers from the Central Illinois Ballet will perform alongside the PSO to a handful of dances; and local jazz musicans will performa at an after-party following the concert.

This week, we're talking with singer-songwriter Barry Cloyd. He's presenting a concert Saturday night at the Forest Park Nature Center. He has a long history with the venue; he considers his annual performances there as a kind of "home concert," an opportunity to share his music with some of his most loyal fans. This concert reunites Cloyd with some of his longtime musical collaborators, who have performed together under the name, "Celtricity."

This week, we're talking with Clifford Clark, Assistant Director of Peoria Players' production "West Side Story." It's one of his favorite shows -- this is the fifth time he's been involved in a production.

Our guest this week is William Butler, Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. He joined us to talk about two of their exhibits -- "Natural Wonder," featuring work by Bethany Carlson Coffin and Stephanie Sailer; and "New Surrealism," which shows the contemporary influence of the Surrealist movement through the work of seven regional artists. Weather dealyed the arrival of some works for these exhibits, but they should be complete by this weekend.

HFO Greets 2019 with a Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Jan 11, 2019

This week, David Commanday is with us to talk about the Heartland Festival Orchestra's first concert of 2019. "It's called New Year's Greeting - A Tribute to Ella." Like some of the HFO's earlier New Year's concerts, Commanday says this one incorporates the music of Broadway, and highlights the joy, spontaneity and personality of Ella Fitzgerald. He also talk about what he looks for in selecting soloists for a program like this, and about how this program in particular allows his to bring an improvisatory element to the concert.

This week, we're talking with Michael Ragan, about the "22VA Verterasns Art Exhibit." The exhibit features works of art by veterans; it's intended to give vets an opportunity to feature their work, and to raise awareness of the issue of veteran suicides. The show also includes works from veterans' family members, to show that families are affected, as well.

Ragan talks about the origins of the exhibit, and about the value that creative expression has for veterans, and his own attempt to "find beuaty in something dark."

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