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Peoria Symphony Orchestra Director Announcement


The Peoria Symphony Orchestra Announces New Music Director


June 24, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dan Aspell, Peoria Symphony Orchestra Marketing Director at 309-671-1098



The Peoria Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the identity of our new Music Director, who will ascend the podium for us at the opening of our 2010/2011 season on September 18.


Maestro George Stelluto, who with the orchestra presented a thrilling concert on February 18, has been chosen to lead the PSO. Mr. Stelluto was one of seven canidates who auditioned last season, chosen from an initial field of over 250 applicants for the position.


In addition to his new position with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Stelluto is the Resident Conductor at the Julliard School, the Assistant Conductor at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony, and is an advisor to Sinfonia por La Vida in Ecuador - a new orchestra basted on Venezuela's Il Sistema program. A versatile conductor comfortable in many styles and genres, George Stelluto led performances at Lincoln Center with the Julliard Orchestra and collaborates with the Dance, Vocal, Pre-College, and Jazz divisions at Julliard in numerous projects.


"In George Stelluto the Peoria Symphony Orchestra has found a humble man whose demonstrated artistic, educational, and business values will enable the organization to lead a renaissance of cultural values in our region," said Peoria Symphony Orchestra president Dr. James L. McGee. "Mr. Stelluto is deeply committed to the role of the arts in America's increasingly diverse society. He will be an important community resouce for those of all ages and social statuses who seek the relevance that classical music and the arts can add to our shared lives. I look forward to the new era ahead."


Added PSO executive director Judy Furniss, "The Peoria Symphony Orchestra extends its warmest welcome to George Stelluto, and we look forward to exciting seasons of providing the best musical experience to the area under his baton."


Founded in 1897, The Peoria Symphony Orchestra is the nation's 14th oldest orchestra. Its programming consists of a seven-concert Masterworks Series as well as Educational concerts for Students and cross-over concerts such as Classical Mystery Tour - A Tribute to the Beatles to be performed on Friday, September 24 at O'Brien Field.


For any additional information, please contact Dan Aspell, Peoria Symphony Orchestra Marketing Director at 309-671-1098.




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