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Symphony to offer 'Allure of Paris'

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It will be a decidedly French affair Saturday when the Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents "Allure of Paris" for its November concert at 8 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

Guest artists' violist Katherine Lewis and harpist Nichole Luchs will perform with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra during its third concert of the season.

The concert, said the Symphony, "will suggest an evening of music from Paris, the city of love and light featuring two principal musicians from within the symphony's own talented membership."

Repertoire for this concert will include works by well-known composers, including Fauré, Debussy, Mozart, and the Illinois Premiere of a Viola Concerto by Nystroem. Written by the Swedish composer in the 1920's, it is homage to his adopted country France.

"It is a rare find," said PSO music director and conductor George Stelluto, "to discover such a delightful and beautiful work that has escaped popular attention for so long. Audiences will find it compelling, charming, and, well... surprisingly 'French'."

The season was designed to build on the successes of the last two seasons, Stelluto said. "Our programming is exciting and innovative. It is a season that appeals to both the connoisseur and the newcomer. The PSO had over 200 new subscribers last year. With this season we are inviting many more community members to join our family.

"I was looking for world-class guest artists who also have a dedication to young people. From beginning to end, we have soloists who will generously share both their art and their insights with our community. Our PSO musicians Kate Lewis and Nichole Luchs who will serve as soloists on this season are also dedicated, award-winning teachers with their own national reputations as great artist-pedagogues," he said.

Tickets start at $26 for adults and $11 for students. They are available by visiting the PSO box office, 101 State Street in Peoria, calling (309) 671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org.