George Stelluto is one of the most versatile conductors alive today. His dedication to both tradition and innovation has been recognized nationally. He has built a stellar reputation for understanding musical styles of all eras and genres. In his programming, Maestro Stelluto enjoys building musical bridges that both entertain and enthrall audiences; often incorporating multi-media, juxtaposed styles and cultures, actors, narrators, and dancers.
In May 2012, George Stelluto was awarded an ASCAP Award for Innovative Programming with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. This award represents his dedication to music of all eras and was the PSO’s first-ever national award. in March 2013, the PSO won the 2013 “Professional Orchestra of the Year” award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras for it’s 2011-2012 season of innovative programming and outreach.
The past seven seasons with the PSO are a great example of the breadth and depth of his musical interests and programming creativity:
Programs Created by George Stelluto
The Bard and the Ballet: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with acted excerpts from Shakespeare’s play
Scary Tails and Fairy Tales: A Night on Bald Mountain, Danse Macabre, Sorcerers Apprentice, Sleeping Beauty with accompanying poetry and prose narration written by George Stelluto
Daughter of the South: Edward Joseph Collin’s award-winning opera (1930) about the Civil War Era adapted as a concert version.
Cosi fan Tutte: Mozart’s masterpiece adapted for semi-staged concert performance and tailored with local references for local appreciation. Sung in Italian with English supertitles and plot narrative.
The Planet’s – A Fantastic Journey: Holst’s popular orchestral work with a film commissioned by and co-created with the award winning filmaker Max Fedore. The film returns to Holst’s original vision and contains over 250 mythological, scientific, artistic, and literary visual references.
George Stelluto continues to build a reputation as an orchestrator and arranger. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and the Juilliard Orchestra have performed his orchestral reduction of Schreker’s overture to the opera Die Gezeichneten. His reduction of the entire opera was premiered by the Los Angeles Opera in April 2010 and the Lyon Opera in 2015. Published by Universal in Vienna. His reduction of Grosz’ Afrika Songs was premiered in 2011 at the Ravinia Festival.
In addition to his new music performances, George Stelluto collaborates regularly with composers, dancers, actors, filmmakers, and contemporary musicians combining traditional and groundbreaking approaches to concerts.
In March 2015, Maestro Stelluto led the workshop performances of Classical Kids Live new program “Gershwin’s Magic Key” with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Featuring Actors, film, special effects, and a substantial sampling of Gershwin’s music, the performances were a huge hit. It was given its official premiere one week later at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.
In recent seasons, he has partnered with Classical Kids Live in a performance of “Beethoven Lives Upstairs”, Tchaikovsky in America”, and Mozart’s Magical Journey” at the Ravinia Festival.
His commission and premiere of the innovative “superhero opera” Justice (Armand Ranjbaran) received enthusiastic responses from musicians, parents and children. It is now performed regularly for children throughout North America.
Maestro Stelluto presented the world-premiere performance of his multi-media concert version of Edward Joseph Collins’ opera Daughter of the South (1939). The performance received notice in The Washington Post.
Other Multi-Media Collaborations
November 2012 – Music Technology Center – The Juilliard School – New York, NY
“Beyond the Machine 13.0 – eVirtuosos”
NEIL ROLNICK In Gropius’s Garden*: Concerto for Violin and Chamber Ensemble with Electronics – Andrea Jarrett, violin *world premiere
November 2011 – Music Technology Center – The Juilliard School – New York, NY
Beyond the Machine 2011
Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat
Multi-media live performance with musicians, actors, dancers, and film
Juilliard Dance Division with the Juilliard Orchestra
Six years of performances of works by choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Mark Morris, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and Antony Tudor
New York City Ballet – The Nutcracker (Balanchine)
Beyond The Machine 2011 – Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and Currier’s Nightmaze
Beyond the Machine: Originality, Creativity, Exploration
Juilliard Dance Division – Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor