Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra will present guest conductor Christopher Wild at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at La Salle-Peru High School's Matthiessen Auditorium.
“Armistice 100” will examine the pulse of the world before and after World War I with patriotic music by Charles Ives, romance music by Faure and Elgar, plus "Plea for Peace" by Chicago resident Augusta Read Thomas, featuring vocalist Jenilyn Roether.
A conductor and cellist, Wild’s performances have been lauded as “insatiable” (New York Times), resulting from his enthusiastic pursuit of musical connections. Currently based in Chicago, he is conductor for Andrews University Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), conductor and co-director of Après L'Histoire, and cellist for Ensemble Dal Niente, a contemporary music collective noted for its “bracing sonic adventures” (Chicago Tribune). Wild's recent and upcoming activities include performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), as well as leading staged productions of "L'histoire du soldat" at the Poetry Foundation, the Arts Club of Chicago, and Northwestern University with Après L’Histoire. He has led concerts, readings and educational concerts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and Camerata Antonio Soler (Spain), among others.
Roether, soprano, is a native and resident of Peru. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education, specializing in voice, from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she studied under Bridget Rose. After five years of teaching music to students from preschool to high school, she made the decision to return to college and pursue a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University, specializing in music education and voice. While there, she studied voice with Myron Myers and conducting with Eric Johnson. Roether currently sings with Cor Cantiamo, a professional choir directed by Johnson and based in DeKalb. She has recorded four CDs with Cor Cantiamo. She also has sung with Canterbury Singers, a professional choir based in Dixon. She is voice instructor and director of choral activities at Illinois Valley Community College. She also directs the Illinois Valley Youth Choir. She maintains a voice studio at Music Suite 408 in Peru. When not making music with her students, Roether enjoys hiking, reading nonfiction and spending time with her husband, Brian, and their two children.
Admission is by season membership, or individual ticket, available at ivso.org or at the door. Adult tickets are $20, college students with identification are $5 and students in high school and younger are free.