The new season of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra begins next month. WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with the music director and conductor of the classical music group that serves Bloomington-Normal, and Springfield, delving into the chemistry between the players and leaders, how to connect with the audience.
Alastair Willis is the Music Director and Conductor of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra which plays in Bloomington Normal and Springfield. More with Maestro Willis talking about the art of hiring new musicians. A musician's life is not an easy one. The pay is less than glamorous. There's a lot of travel, a lot of rehearsal, a lot of solitary practice. Willis says the key to producing beautiful art is finding the right people.
Most of the music you've heard is from performances of last season of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Among those works, the Shostakovich Cello Concerto, Grieg's Violin Concerto and a Tchaikovsky Symphony. Find tickets for the season beginning next month at the BCPA Box office. You also heard the Silk Road Ensemble during Willis' discussion of conducting techniques. The first concert is Friday October 11th in Bloomington.
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