Listen LIVE! to your Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Scintillating Shakespeare featuring Soprano Madison King and Tenor Carl Rosenthal of MIOpera

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The stage is set for an evening of romance and drama, as the classic works of Shakespeare come to life in music and song. If music be the food of love, then play on! From the glitz of Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing to the glamor of Bernstein's West Side Story, from the lyrical opulence of Verdi to the blood-soaked beauty of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, this concert is sure to set pulses racing and get you in the Valentine’s Day mood. Come and join the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, as well as soprano Madison King and tenor Carl Rosenthal of MIOpera, for Scintillating Shakespeare!

Listen LIVE! to your Illinois Symphony Orchestra on Friday, February 10, 2023 at 7:30 PM at the UIS Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Illinois and Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7:30 PM at the Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois State University. Join soprano Madison King, tenor Carl Rosenthal, and conductor Jacobsen Woollen before the concert for Concert Comments at 6:30 PM in the concert hall.

Order your tickets and we’ll see you there! Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the UIS Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Normal through the ISU Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-438-2535 or online at Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (11 & under) to $63 for premium seating. Senior and group discounts are also available.

Scintillating Shakespeare is sponsored by season sponsors The Landmark Automotive Group and Debra & Daniel Brownstone, M.D., concert sponsor Terry Huff, guest artist sponsors Sue Silvey and F. Lucille Foster, and music sponsor Dr. Judith Everson.

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is central Illinois’ largest professional orchestra serving over 35,000 patrons in the communities of Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and the surrounding region with symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, and Concerts for Kids series in each community. In addition to concert performances, the Orchestra's music education and outreach programs serve pre-K and elementary schools through the Itsy Arts and Music Matters education programs and reach middle schools, high schools, universities, community organizations and senior centers through guest artist residencies and musician and ensemble performances. The ISO also has an active Around the Town Chamber Music Series and virtual Sunday at Six Recital Series. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra has a budget of approximately $1.3 million.

In July 2020, the ISO acquired the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony (SVYS) organization that was started in the early 1970s by parents, music teachers and musicians to keep string programs and youth orchestra in Springfield and surrounding communities following the elimination of all school orchestra programs. Now, the Illinois Symphony Youth Orchestras (ISYO) programs consist of Starter and Junior Strings, Preparatory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra serving over 150 students. The ISO also has a partnership in education and community engagement (PEACE) with the UIS-School of Music and Illinois State University’s Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

Additional information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra is available at

The ISO is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


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