Season Tickets Available For Knox-Galesburg Symphony


Tickets for the Knox-Galesburg Symphony’s (KGS) 2012-13 season are now available at the KGS Office #148 in the Knox College Center for Fine Arts through August 17. A special discount ticket package of five concerts for the price of four, starting as low as $32.00 for the season, is available for the subscription series. With purchase of season tickets, subscribers are offered reduced prices for the non-subscription performances of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony “First Chairs Forward” Recital on February 2, and the May 11 “Celebrate Mom at the Pops” concert. Discounted value package prices are also available for all seven performances. Children and students receive a 50% discount on all ticket purchases.
Beginning this year, the KGS discounted season and value ticket packages will ONLY be available through the KGS Office until August 17. Patrons will save up to 35% by purchasing a KGS package of 5 subscription concerts or the 7-event value package through August 17. After September 4, all single and subscription tickets will be sold by the Orpheum Theatre Office at the full ticket price.
Under the baton of Bruce Polay, KGS artistic director/conductor, this 61st season of the KGS will feature accomplished international, national, and statewide guest artists in five subscription concert performances.
The KGS 2012-2013 season subscription series opens on Saturday, October 13 with Hovhaness Symphony No. 2, Opus 236 “City of Light,” and Bruce Polay’s world premiere of his 2012 revised version of “Sparkle,” commissioned by Blick Art Materials. The season opener will feature Parisian violinist Solenn Séguillon and cellist Anne Suda performing Brahms Double Concerto for Violoncello in A minor, Opus 102.
The Saturday, November 10 concert program will feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 27 in G Major and Gallagher’s “Fantasy” for Strings, a KGS International Call for Scores work. Fourteen-year old Midwest Young Artists Competition winner Daniel Rong will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major.
The Saturday, February 23 program includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Opus 68 and Waschka’s “Belgrade Overture”, from the KGS International Call for Scores. KGS concertmaster Louise Polay will perform Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Opus 61.
On Saturday, March 30 the KGS program will include Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major, and Dittersdorf’s “Ester” Overture. Harpist Faye Seeman returns to perform Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Greensleeves” for Harp and Strings and Still’s “Ennanga” for Harp, Piano and Strings with the KGS.
On Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Bruce Polay returns with his Bruce and “Old Friends” Piano Recital/Commentary, presented by the KGS and West Music, featuring works by Handel, Beethoven, Debussy, Lecuona, Chopin and others. Tickets for this special event are available ONLY by calling the KGS office at 309-341-7268.
The Saturday, April 27 subscription 61st season finale will feature the KGS performing Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe” Suite 2 with the Galesburg Community Chorus, two KGS international Call for Scores works: Deussen’s “American Hymn “ and Avni’s Largo for Strings. Hailed by “The New York Times” as “a powerhouse of a pianist,” Roberta Rust will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Opus73.
The KGS will present two non-subscription events in 2012. On Saturday, February 2, KGS and Miller Dredge Insurance will present “First Chairs Forward” featuring KGS principal cellist Carolyn Suda, principal clarinet Eric Ginsberg and pianist Bruce Polay will perform works by Kabalevsky, Bernstein, Poulenc and Tajcevic. First Chairs will perform at Knox College’s Kresge Hall. And, the ever-popular “Celebrate Mom at the Pops,” is slated for Saturday, May 11 with “A Tribute to Ray Charles” featuring Dave Hoffman on trumpet and vocalist Manuel Lopez III.
The KGS concerts start at 7:30 p.m. For subscription or value ticket package reservations, visit the KGS Office, Knox College Center for Fine Arts, Room 148 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or call 309-341-7268 by August 17. Group rates are also available through the KGS Office.
After September 4, non-discounted KGS tickets (except for Polay and “Old Friends) will be available at the Orpheum Theatre Office, 250 East Main St., Galesburg or call the Orpheum at 309-342-2299.
More program and soloist details are available on the KGS website at

Berlin Essay Published

Monica Berlin’s (English) essay, “Your Small Towns of Adult Sorrow & Melancholy” was recently published in Triquarterly Online (issue 142, summer/fall 2012).

APO Blood Drive, July 18

The summer months are an exceptionally difficult time to ensure the blood supply for patients in need is sufficiently stocked. The low number of students on campus during the summer adds to this issue locally. APO hopes that the Knox faculty and staff will be willing to step in and fill the void our student body has left. Next Wednesday, July 18, the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive from 11:00 am-2:00 pm in Ferris Lounge. We ask that you consider donating, even if you normally do not, or have not in the past.
To schedule an appointment contact Linda Phan at 773-715-9441 or at Please bring a photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card with you to be eligible to donate.

Pirates of Penzance, July 20-22

The Orpheum Theatre, Prairie Players Civic Theatre and director Kurt Killam partner to present a wholly original co-production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical extravaganza, The Pirates of Penzance.

As a child, Frederic was apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master’s instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. It turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday.

By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria’s name.

The Orpheum Theatre and Prairie Players Civic Theatre present The Pirates of Penzance Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17, $20 and $25.

All student tickets for college and younger are $10 (except Mezzanine).

Call 309-342-2299 to order tickets or for more information about subscription packages and group discounts.

Art Before Your Eyes Fundraiser is July 14

The Galesburg Civic Art Center’s summer fundraiser, Art Before Your Eyes, is coming up this Saturday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Art Center, 114 East Main Street. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Art Center, or by calling 309-342-7415. Enjoy live art being created by artists April Jackson, Basia Krol, Carla Markwart, Joshua Dixon, Jared Lacy, Lisa Mohr, Lori Reed, Leslie Schenkel and Suzanne Stewart. The art will be available for auction while it is being created. Drinks (top shelf cocktails, wine and beer) and hors d’oeuvres of fruit kabobs, gazpacho with bread sticks, orange and basil glazed salmon, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, pulled pork sandwiches, apple and amaretto pork tenderloin, assortment of vegetables, humus with pita points, assorted domestic and international cheeses with grapes and crackers and fine chocolates are included.