Arts

Big Picture

This week on Out and About, Doug and Eileen Leunig (founders of Big Picture) and Trent Miles, join host Jenn Gordon to talk about “Giving Voice” an online magazine featuring articles, videos, and podcasts submitted by youth in our community.  The students will work with a professional writer and mentor to hone their writing skills, and they will be paid for published articles. To find out more about this initiative visit Giving Voice.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Preston Jackson and William Butler join Jenn Gordon to talk about their joint exhibit, Walking the Line, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first art exhibition in the gallery. Preston Jackson is the founder of the Contemporary Art Center, and William Butler serves as the Executive Director.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, George Stelluto and Mae Gilliland Wright join Jenn Gordon to talk about the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s shrewdly innovative approach to moving forward with their 123rd Season which includes access to concerts through an expanding partnership with WTVP. Learn more at Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

Arts Partners

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with John and Jeff Heintzman about the 9 new sculptures featured along Washington Street. The Walk is open year round and offers art inspired by music, math, nature an more. In lieu of public tours, John Heintzman narrates a video tours providing an in depth look at the artists and art featured on this year’s Sculpture Walk Peoria. For more information or to take the video tours visit Sculpture Walk Peoria.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Bill Conger joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the current exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Ken Hoffman: 50 Years in Peoria. Hoffman arrived in Peoria in 1969, accepting the position of professor of painting at Bradley University. Beginning with a mural work painted in 1970, this exhibition explores the 50-year artistic journey which has realized these humorous, unmistakable, and often very large-scale paintings of animals in suits.

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.

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