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Love Notes
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra will make you fall in love with classical music in an Evening of Romantic Favorites!
Embrace the romance of Valentine’s Day with the pure magic of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture and selections from Bizet’s seductive Carmen Suites led by one of America’s finest conductors, Daniel Hege. Concluding this passionate evening of love notes is the dazzling and most beloved piano concerto of the 20th Century, Rachmaninoff’s Second with brilliant pianist Di Wu.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Love Notes
Friday, February 13, 2015 | 7:30 PM | Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL
Buy Your Ticket Today for this Evening of Romantic Favorites!
Tickets for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s concerts may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $60 for premium seating.  Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available.
Di Wu, Piano
Praised in the Wall Street Journal as “a most mature and sensitive pianist” and named one of the “up-and-coming talents” in classical music by Musical America, Chinese-American Di Wu continues to enhance her reputation as an elegant and powerful musician. Her concerts have taken her across the globe, charming audiences from East to West with her “charisma, steely technique, and keen musical intelligence” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and her “fire and authority” (Washington Post).
Daniel Hege, Guest Conductor
Daniel Hege is widely recognized as one of America’s finest conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming. He served for eleven seasons as the Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony and in June 2009, was appointed Music Director of the Wichita Symphony, beginning his tenure with that orchestra in September 2010.
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Debut album “Main St. Blues” CD Release Party
Eaton Gallery,  Sunday, Feb. 15, 4-7pm   $5 at door
Jazz, Art, Light Refreshments in a relaxed gallery setting
The unique and fun local jazz band, Bone-afide, is releasing their debut album Main St. Blues on Sunday, February 15th 2015 with a performance at Eaton Studio Gallery on 411 North Center Street in downtown Bloomington from 4-7PM.  This 8-piece jazz band that features a front line of 5 Trombones (backed by a rhythm section of Piano, Bass, and Drums) plays originals and arrangements of jazz standards in various styles that truly show off the versatility of the Trombone.
Bone-afide’s members are the local pros of Central Illinois and include professors, doctors, band directors, and local business owners.  Their influences are the trombone groups of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding, as well as other trombone groups across the nation; including a group led by Judge John Crane in Springfield from the 70’s and 80’s.  Bone-afide has performed at Make Music Normal 2014 (which they were featured on the front page of the Pantagraph for), Lounge About the Round-about in Uptown Normal, Main St. Bar & Grill in Bloomington (where they helped create Friday Night - Jazz Night that opened the door for many other local jazz groups), Lock Stock and Barrel in Decatur, and more.
Bone-afide is deeply rooted in central Illinois and has a fan base that follows them around town.  Some may say that Jazz is a dying language and art form.  Bone-afide is doing all they can to discredit those who do.  Their new album was also recorded locally at Oxide Lounge Recording in Bloomington.  Bone-afide is committed to the central Illinois area and plans on being here bringing great music to those who will listen for many years to come.  You can find them on facebook at  
For more information, promo requests, or to set up an interview please contact
Scott Marsh at
Eaton Gallery 411 North Center, Bloomington, Il
309-828-1575 or 309-829-3424
Herb & Pamala Eaton

"Making the ARTS a reality in our community."
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Inside Out: Accessible Art Cooperative and Bloomington Parks and Recreation are co-sponsoring the first ever Community Art Showcase at Miller Park Pavilion on Sunday, April 12 from 1-3 PM.   Both the public and local artists are encouraged to participate.  The purpose of the event is to allow all community members to enjoy the work that is being created by local talented artists, including both amateurs and professionals.  In addition, community members will learn about local art venues and how they can become involved in creating and enjoying art.
The art show will have no admission charge and will be family friendly.  Attendees  may participate in determining awards to be given by voting for favorite artworks with pennies.  Awards will be provided to artists in several categories based on this vote.   Exhibiting artists must be preregistered no later than March 31st and must be  present to discuss  their artwork with those in attendance.
Participation in the show is open to local artists of all experience levels and ages, elementary school through adult, including amateur and professional artists.  Artists are invited to register from now until March 31st at the Inside Out gallery at 318 N. Main.  Each artist may bring one or two pieces. There is an application to complete and a $1 registration fee, no jury process . Further details will be provided to registered artists.
Artwork will not be available for purchase at this event, however artists who offer work for sale or who provide instruction to others  may provide contact information to distribute at the show.

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