OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra will open its 2017-18 season with a pop concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Dr. Mary Weeg Cultural Centre at the Illinois Valley Community College under the direction of Conductor Lucia Matos.
Soloing with the orchestra will be 15-year-old violinist Masha Lakisova, performing Saint-Sains’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Meditation from “Thais” by Massenet. She has won top awards in several prestigious competitions in the Chicago area. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the New England Conservatory, Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia and Northwestern University. Her chamber group has appeared on NPR’s “From the Top” and was the youngest group to advance to the semifinals of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in 2014 and 2015. In May of 2016, her string quartet Diamant received the Gold Medal at the Fischoff Competition.
She is currently a concertmaster of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Additional music on the concert will include “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission by Morricone, and works by Bizet, Gounod, and Leroy Anderson.
Admission to the concert is by season subscription or individual ticket, both available at the door or online atwww.ivso.org. Adult tickets are $20; students K-12, free; and college students with ID are $5. Season sponsors are Ning Communications and Ottawa Radio, 14.30 AM and 95.3 Jack FM. This concert is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The auditorium is handicapped accessible.