Symphony Presents Concerts April 26 and 27

The Knox-Galesburg Symphony presents a very special weekend with two events for your musical enjoyment: On Friday night, April 26, the KGS will present “Old Friends,” a piano recital with commentary by Maestro Bruce Polay. Then, on Saturday, April 27, we will have another in our series of exciting symphony concerts. Both events begin at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Here are some highlights:

Friday’s “Old Friends” recital is the 5th year in a row that we have offered this popular event in which audience members are invited to gather onstage while Bruce performs some of his favorite works for solo piano and offers historical and entertaining comments about each work and composer. This year, Bruce plans to play Handel’s “Gigue” from his Suite in G minor, Lecuona’s “Malaguena,” Beethoven’s Rondo in G Major, Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” Chopin’s Polonaise in A-flat Major and Bruce’s own “Siwash Rag,” among others.

Patrons for this performance will be seated, on a first-reserve basis, on the Orpheum Theatre stage with Bruce at the concert Steinway. Advance tickets at $10.00 each are available by calling the KGS Office at 309-341-7268 or by email to Tickets at $14.00 each will be available at the door. Knox and Carl Sandburg student tickets are offered at a 50% discount, and children under 12 are free!

At Saturday’s symphony concert, our soloist will be internationally acclaimed pianist Roberta Rust, who will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Opus 73. This piece is popularly known as the “Emperor” concerto and is one of the most respected and often played in all the piano concerto literature. Saturday’s concert will also feature Nancy Bloomer Deussen’s “American Hymn” and Boaz Avni’s Largo for Strings as part of the KGS International Call for Scores. Finally, the symphony will join forces with the Galesburg Community Chorus directed by Tim Pahel to perform Maurice Ravel’s masterpiece, “Daphnis et Chloe” (Suite No. 2), widely regarded as the French composer’s most impressive achievement and among the greatest ballet scores of the twentieth century.

The concert begins at 7:30 Saturday evening and tickets are still available from the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (250 East Main Street, phone 309-342-2299), online at, or at the door concert night. As always, Knox faculty and staff and their families are eligible for a 20% discount on all tickets.