Alastair Willis

Alastair Willis
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Join UIS Ethnomusicology Professor Yona Stamatis Wednesdays, 8-10 PM streaming here and broadcast on  NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS to listen to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Alastair Willis recorded live in concert last season. 

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UIS ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Alastair Willis and featured musicians Wu Tong and Mike Block about this weekend's Illinois Symphony Orchestra Concert - Musical Pictures of the Silk Road.

The concert will present Borodin’s "In the Steppes of Central Asia" and Zhao Lin’s "Duo for Sheng & Cello" featuring Chinese rock star Wu Tong on sheng and Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.  Mussorgsky’s epic "Pictures at an Exhibition" brings Alastair Willis’s tenure as Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra to a brilliant close.

From Mozart to Mahler, a marvelous merging of symphony and song with The Marriage of Figaro Overture, arias from Don Giovanni and La Clemenza di Tito, and Mahler's Symphony No. 4.  UIS ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Alastair Willis and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano soloist Julie Boulianne about the upcoming Magnificent Masters concert.  

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Celebrate in style with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Last Night of the Proms concert, a vibrant salute to British musical tradition. UIS ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Alastair Willis in a special sneak preview of the concert that offers rip-roaring fun for the entire family and a program of beloved orchestral works.

ISO Interview: 'Beethoven, Barber & Brahms'

Feb 18, 2016
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Bask in the beautiful of Beethoven, Barber and Brahms in the upcoming "Bold and Beautiful" concert by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. On the program, the dramatic Coriolan Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven; the ethereal Brahms Symphony No. 2; and the lyrical violin concerto by Samuel Barber featuring ISO concert master and violin soloist Violetta Todorova. 

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A preview of this weekend's Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert -  "Sensational Strings" - featuring music by Mozart, Kernis, and Dvorak.  Yona Stamatis talks with ISO Music Director and conductor Alastair Willis.
 

Sensational Strings - Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Friday, January 22, 7:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church, Springfield.
Saturday, January 23, 7:30 PM, Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington.

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UIS Ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis talks with Alastair Willis, Conductor and Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. 

They discuss the upcoming season and this weekend's concert - "Resounding Russians" - performances of Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Prokofiev's vibrant Third Piano Concerto featuring world-renowned piano virtuoso Alexander Toradze, and Tchaikovsky's fateful Symphony No. 4.

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From the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Site: “Enter the fanciful world of Circus Flora at our Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert. Set among the High Tatras Mountains in the ancient and beautiful Kingdom of Spiish, A Winter Fable is a classic fairy tale with an edge of romance and deceit. Fabulous family fun where symphony and the circus arts is only the beginning of this spectacular evening!”

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On Halloween night at 6pm and then again at 8pm, the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform "The Monster Mash" at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Find out more info here. Here's our interview with Maestro Alastair Willis  about the performance: 

Live at the Suggs: Sandeep Das

Oct 10, 2014
Sandeep Das playing tabla
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A tabla virtuoso is in Springfield. Sandeep Das has worked with greats like Yo-Yo Ma and Ravi Shankar. He will play with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, headed by Alastair Willis, on Saturday (CLICK HERE for more info.)

In this interview, UIS ethnomusicology professor Yona Stamatis speaks with Maestro Willis about the concert, called 'Beethoven Meets the Silk Road': 

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FREE Performance & Discussion

Thursday, October 9, 2014, Noon
Suggs Performance Studio

Join UIS Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Yona Stamatis in an interview/demonstration with: