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Oct 29th, 2014

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Category: Concerts
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Reflections on Lyle Lovett

This past Sunday October 26, Lyle Lovett performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theater under the auspices of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. It was an immensely satisfying evening of great American music drawn from the varied cultures and history of the United States and performed exquisitely by Mr. Lovett and his exceptionally talented acoustic group. The Read more...

Feb 21st, 2013

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Category: Memories
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The Incalculable Jimmy: James DePreist (1936-2013)

How does one measure a life upon passing? What is the formula for determining the value of existence? In this age of immediate, digital certainty, our popular culture gives us clear, perhaps misguided, factors – fame, wealth, power, achievement, conquest, glory. Saints and philosophers balance the equation with love, generosity, humility, service, integrity, wisdom. Poets Read more...

Oct 7th, 2012

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Solemn Autumn. Solemn Harvest.

There’s a wonderful work for Flute and Harp by the American composer George Rochberg called “The Slow Fires of Autumn.” I must admit I knew about it long before I heard it because the title conjured such strong associations for me: leaf piles, leisurely wood fires somewhere in the distance, cold weather and warm cider, Read more...

Sep 15th, 2012

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Spring to Fall with the Juilliard Pre-College

Today, the Juilliard Pre-College starts up again for the 2012-2013 Season. If there is a better way to spend a Saturday in New York, I can’t think of it. I look forward to seeing the young musicians in the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, the young talents in my conducting classes, and my former PCS students that are still Read more...