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Symphony to feature 'Yin and Yang' concert

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Charles Yang will have the bright and positive side of the equation covered when he brings his considerable talents to the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday as guest artist for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

The PSO concert, titled "Yin and Yang," begins at 8 p.m. in the Civic Center Theatre, following a 7 p.m. pre-concert lecture.

But will there be a dark, feminine side — the "Yin" if you will — when the orchestra and Yang team...

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Symphony to focus on children in concert series

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pso3The Peoria Symphony Orchestra wants to help children discover the wonder and beauty of music in a series of concerts for families, starting Oct. 20.

Musical Discovery concerts are designed for children 5 to 10 years old and will be in at the Symphony's new performance studio in the WTVP building, 101 State St., and in the WTVP Studio, the Symphony said in a news...

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World Championship Old-Time Piano contest this weekend in Peoria

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By Ted Lemen

President of the Old-Time Music Preservation Association

The 39th Annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend in Peoria, with 26 piano players from 17 states and two foreign countries competing for more than $4,000 in cash prizes and trophies.

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NASH FM now in Peoria

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There is a new country music station in Peoria, but local country fans won’t have to retune to find it.

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It's Street Party time!

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Psst. It's Old Quarters Street Party time at Kelleher's. They just aren't advertising it yet.

But about 5:30 p.m. on Friday night, Water Street in front of Kelleher's will be closed to auto traffic and filled with tables and chairs and ready for another summer of outdoor fun at the Irish pub.

"We are looking to do a little softer opening this weekend to make sure everything and everybody is ready to do," said Bill Blasek, general...

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Peoria Symphony ready to open 116th season

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International champion Olga Kern will be at the piano Saturday when the Peoria Symphony Orchestra opens its 116th season at the Peoria Civic Center Theater.

The concert, titled "Power and Passion," begins at 8 p.m., following a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. A reception follows the concert.

Kern, gold medalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, is recognized as one of her generation's greatest pianists. She will...

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Knight: "I Wish't I Was In Peoria" should get a new recording

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sheet-musicJerry Klein, the dean of central Illinois feature writers let go by the Peoria Journal Star after decades of work (but still churning out thoughtful essays in the weekly Catholic Post) this winter shared a lyric sheet to the classic song "I Wish't I Was in Peoria," written 87 years ago by Broadway's Billy Rose, one of the 20th...

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Frizzi: I Meet a Beatle! (by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids)

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On September 21, the state of Illinois will dedicate a plaque in the town of Benton. The plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of its own British Invasion. Gov. Pat Quinn has proclaimed that Saturday, "George Harrison Day".

Usually, such plaques commemorate a battle or skirmish involving, say, British troops and either the French or the revolutionaries, depending on what war was being fought at the time.

The particular plaque...

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“Everybody say ‘Oh yeah!’” Our Favorite Concerts at the Madison Theatre

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The bands and musicians that performed over the years at the Madison Theater ran the gamut in genres and styles – from B.B. King and Ray Charles to Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson to Blink 182 and KORN to Fuel and Fu Manchu to O.A.R and…the list goes on and on.

Sadly, it looks like the Madison Theatre will be meeting its final demise sooner than later. And while that is infuriating to us over here at The Peorian...

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25th Annual Illinois Blues Festival this weekend

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budweiser-illinois-blues-festival-61Jay Goldberg's baby turns 25 this weekend and he couldn't be more proud. And with the entertainment he has lined up for the party, he expects thousands to brave the heat and show up on Peoria's riverfront Friday and Saturday.

Goldberg's baby in this case is the Illinois Blues Festival, sponsored by Budweiser,...

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That's The Way The World Goes 'Round: Prine concert postponed until Sept. 13

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prine2The John Prine concert scheduled for Friday, March 15 at the Peoria Civic Center has been postponed because the artist is recovering from illness.

The concert by the renowned musician and song writer has been rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 13.

"Due to a recent bout with the flu and a heavy touring schedule, John Prine is needing some time to...

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Wet weather doesn't dampen Summer Camp: Part 2

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Editor's note: The Peoria got a couple press passes and sent a freelance writer, Julian Watkins, and our own Stu Clubb (and his camera) to the Summer Camp Music Festival to review the event. Here is their second installment.

As the headline suggests, weather did not dampen the fun at Summer Camp, but Mother Nature sure gave it a good shot. Scampers woke on Saturday to a steady rainfall that sent many festival...

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Our Favorite Things: Our Music Time Machines

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This week's Our Favorite Things poll is about songs or bands that transport us back to a certain time or place in our lives. We all have them, whether they be songs remembered from childhood or that song you heard wafting from the bar the first time you were handcuffed and put in the back of a police squad car for drunken/disorderly. So without further ado here's what our murder of writers came up with this week. And we would love to hear...

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Wet weather doesn't dampen Summer Camp fun

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Editor's note: The Peorian got a couple press passes and sent a freelance writer, Julian Watkins, and our own Stu Clubb (and his camera) to the Summer Camp Music Festival to review the event. Here is their first installment.

Every year on Memorial Date weekend, Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe is filled with thousands of music lovers flocking to the campgrounds for a weekend filled with heavy hitting musical...

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Black Crowes tour stops in Peoria in May

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WFTT artworkThe Black Crowes will bring their "Lay Down with Number 13" world tour to the Peoria Civic Center on May 28, the Civic Center announced Thursday.

The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. for $49.50, $44.50 and $39.50 at all Ticketmaster locations,...

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