TOULON — Two programs, part of the annual Music from the Bistro Series, have been announced. Admission to both programs is by free-will donation.
Bruce Polay will play beloved favorites of the piano by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Debussy and others at the News Room Bistro in Toulon on Monday, Oct. 21. Complimentary snacks and wine will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
Acclaimed violinist Marcia Henry-Liebenow and pianist Andrea Molina present a program of Beethoven, Smetana, Amy Beach, Brahms and more at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the News Room Bistro. Sweets and refreshments will be served following the program, when the audience will have an opportunity to visit with the musicians.
Polay recently retired after 35 years as the director of the award-winning Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra. His compositions have been performed by the Chicago Symphony and other major orchestras.
Liebenow is concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony. She leads a multi-faceted career as a teacher, recitalist, chamber musician and soloist across the U.S. and abroad. She has been featured on the national broadcast of American Public Radio's Performance Today four times this past year.
Molina is the principal pianist for the Heartland Festival Orchestra and the owner and master teacher of Molina Piano Studio. She has been recorded by the Centaur New World recording labels.
These programs are part of the annual Music from the Bistro series of chamber music and easy-listening jazz. Top musicians and audiences are drawn to the cozy setting and fine acoustics of the News Room Bistro, located in a 19th century building in the quaint town of Toulon, on Route 17, 35 miles northwest of Peoria.