From the Monmouth Daily Review-Atlas:
Dr. Bruce Polay, professor of music and chair of the Knox College Music Department and artistic director/conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) will return to guest conduct the world-renown State Orchestra of Mexico (OSEM) for two concerts, in Toluca on July 16, and in Mexico City on July 18. The “All French” program will include “Polyeucte” Overture by Paul Dukas (composer of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), the Symphonic Poem “Pheaton” by Camille Saint-Saens (composer of “Carnival of the Animals”), and two works by Claude Debussy: Scottish March and his epoch “La Mer.” The featured soloist from Mexico City and the OSEM will perform 20th-century composer Jean Rivier’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Trumpet. This is Polay’s third visit as guest conductor with the OSEM.
A three-time recipient of the Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) Conductor of the Year Award, Polay most recently won the prestigious Illinois Conductor of the Year, Professional Orchestras Award in April, 2010. In addition, Polay has been awarded the ICO Cultural Leadership and Programming of the Year Awards.
During his tenure, the KGS has been consistently recognized by the ICO 17 times in nine different categories, including the Illinois Orchestra of the Year Award for an unprecedented third time.