PEORIA, IL -- Of all the arts in Peoria, the standout is music, especially classical music. The many great classical music performances in Peoria offer the classical fan a wonderful selection.
The March 31 event, Chamber Music by Candlelight, featuring Kyle Dzapo, flute; Marcia Henry Liebenow, violin; John Orfe, piano; and Carol Wessler on cello was an outstanding example of the wonderful offerings in Peoria.
The venue, Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 NE Randolph, has great acoustics, and is a beautiful space as well. The candles were lit. The event drew a large audience, almost filling the sanctuary.
The program featured traditional and modern classical music. Modern classical included Three American Pieces for Flute and Piano by Lukas Foss; and a piece by Joachim Andersen.They were lovely, interesting without being jarring.
The traditional classical numbers were Haydn's Trio in C Major and Bach's Prelude in B. Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1.
Then came Brahms, the Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, a glorious, fast-paced and exciting piece.
This 90-minute concert was amazing, with excellent, even world-class musicians and chamber pieces that were fresh, not played often.
The event, which could have charged $40 or more in Chicago, was free, though an offering was passed at the intermission.
So consider -- Peorians who want to leave for the big city or the warm weather. You will miss Peoria's fine music scene.
-- Elaine Hopkins