Illinois Symphony Orchestra Gives an Impressive Performance

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On Friday February 2, my wife & I attended the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO) concert, “Star Wars & Beyond: The Best of John Williams.” It was our first ISO concert in several years.    The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) had a packed house of 1,200 people. Volunteers dressed up as Star Wars characters to the excitement of many ticket holders! The audience ranged from younger children to older adults. John Williams and his work sure attract a wide audience.   

My favorite parts of the concert, aside from Star Wars music (The Force Awakens and Medley), were three pieces from Schindler’s List, the Olympic Fanfare and Theme (1984 Summer Olympics) and the Superman March (first Superman film, 1978). Mr. Williams is now in his mid-80’s and still composing music! As the program explained, “it is difficult to imagine a more towering figure over film music in the 20th Century than John Williams.”

The guest conductor on Friday was Vince Lee. When he began speaking on stage, it was evident that he energized the orchestra. Mr. Lee also knew how to communicate and entertain the audience. He was exceptional!   

I applaud the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and its management and board for arranging this type of concert. My wife & I will be returning soon for another show.