Out and About

Heartland Festival Orchestra

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Heartland Festival Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor David Commanday join’s host Jenn Gordon to talk about the Heartland Festival Orchestra’s upcoming spring and summer concerts featuring guest artists Tessa Lark, Christopher Taylor, and the Classical Mystery Tour.

  

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Soprano Michelle Areyzaga and Maestro George Stelluto join host Jenn Gordon to talk about the Poeria Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert entitled “Curtain Up! A Broadway Matinee”. The performance airs Sunday, January 17 at 3pm on WTVP World 47.3.

  

Soulside Healing Arts

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Hannah Ramlo of Soulside Healing Arts joins Jenn Gordon to talk about wellness, mindfulness, and how the WellFest virtual festival can help you start the New Year with a holistic approach to your health.

  

Corn Stock Theatre

On this week’s episode of Out & About Jenn Gordon talks to Megan Johnston, Anna Oxborrow, and Chris Peterlin from Corn Stock Theatre about "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”. It's a clever take on the holiday cinematic classic, where  the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Seven actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done by two Foley artists. The production will air on December 25 at 8pm as part of the WCBU Presents Series.

    
 

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

This week on Out and About, Maestro George Stelluto talks with Jenn Gordon about the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s December Concert: A Season of Hope. The concert combines select musical offerings with inspirational messages from religious leaders in our community. A free performance will be broadcast on WTVP’s Create station 47.4 on Saturday, December 19 at 8PM.

WCBU & WGLT

On this week’s episode of Out & About, Jenn Gordon talks with Scott Kanoff and Dan Matisa from the Bradley University Theatre Department. Daniel adapted Charles Dickens’ classic holiday novella into a radio play production, which is now available to listen to on-demand as part of the WCBU Presents performance series. Listen to A Christmas Carol A Radio Play

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon is joined by William Butler of the Contemporary Art Center to talk about A Small Wonder Gift Shop - a unique pop-up shopping experience at the Contemporary Art Center where you can safely peruse and buy art from over 40 local artists in time for the holidays.
A Small Wonder Gift Shop

Peoria Ballet

On this week’s episode, host Jenn Gordon is joined by Wendy Thomasson and Jorge Laico of the Peoria Ballet to talk about how students have taken to wearing masks while they dance, how the organization converted their rehearsal space into a production studio, and how you can enjoy viewing this year’s digital performance of "The Nutcracker."

Corn Stock Theatre

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with Theatre Manager, Nyk Sutter-Downs from Corn Stock Theatre about their newly launched Digital Play Series. The series includes live stream performances of a diverse line up of theatrical works including:  Dark Passages, School Girls, Lonely Planet, and It’s  a Wonderful Life. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Corn Stock Theatre.

Central Illinois Ballet

This week on Out and About, artist director Rebekah von Rathonyi and principal dancer Hannah Ray join Jenn Gordon to talk about telling the haunting tale of Dracula through dance.

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.

Dr. Elsburgh Clarke

This week on Out and About, Dr. Elsburgh Clarke joins Jenn Gordon to talk about his photography exhibit on display at the Peoria Art Guild. Dr. Clarke is an Emergency Medical Professional, as well as a skilled photographer. His photography captures the dangerous and intense work that local firefighters experience when responding to a fire.

David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about “Brahms and Bruch”, the concert opening the 11th Season of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Featuring Brahms’ melodious Second Symphony and the Bruch Violin Concerto, tune in to find out why this particular symphony holds a special place in the heart of the maestro.

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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