Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Yona Stamatis talks with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor and Music Director Ken Lamb and the ISO’s Marketing Director Beth Wakefield about this year’s Holiday Pops in the Heartland Concert, featuring a host of community performing arts organizations.  Several holiday-themed musical pieces are planned, including bass baritone Robert Cantrell performing a work based on the book Polar Express.

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UIS Ethnomusicologist Yona Stamatis brings us a preview of this weekend's "Holiday Pops in the Heartland" concert, featuring festive music and traditional songs with the Illinois State University Concert Choir, Bloomington-Normal and Sangamon Valley Youth Symphonies, Twin Cities and  Springfield Ballet Companies, and the Springfield Youth Performance Group.

Prairieland Voices
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Marion van der Loo directs this preview performance before their holiday performance this weekend.