top of page

"If you want to describe the heavens to someone, use words.

If you want to take them there, use music."

- - - Jesús López-Cobos

Inspiring symphonic music performed by outstanding musicians from our community.

JSO 2024-2025 Brochure COLOR EDITED.jpg

2024-2025 Season

 

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra’s 2024-2025 Season promises to be an exciting and musically fulfilling one for musicians and audiences alike! Performing in Sexton Auditorium on the University of St. Francis campus (500 Wilcox St; Joliet), the Joliet Symphony Orchestra offers family-friendly, quality performances of orchestral music from all eras. Comprised of USF faculty, staff & students as well as community members, the JSO is Joliet’s symphony orchestra.

 

We encourage everyone to “come as you are” to our performances as attending a concert should be a comfortable and enjoyable experience. We invite you to arrive 45-minutes prior to our performances to hear our Artistic Director & Conductor, Sean Paul Mills, and guest artists chat about the music on each program as well as share their insights into the composers, the compositions, the rehearsal process, and all things musical!

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra’s 2024-2025 Season begins on Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29 with “Precision” featuring Lyon, France-based pianist Haley Morgan Myles performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s magnificent Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor. Also on the program are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s vivacious Impresario Overture and Robert Schumann’s river-themed Symphony No. 3 in E-flat MajorRhenish.”

A special concert experience awaits on Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24 when the JSO presents “Pictures.” This concert of musical “postcards” and a special opportunity for audience members to be a part of the music will create a new connection to the music and make special memories for everyone in attendance. Jean Sibelius’ ever-popular Finlandia, Sir Edward Elgar’s striking Serenade for Strings, Maurice Ravel’s melancholic Pavane pour une infante defunte, and Alexander Borodin’s panoramic In the Steppes of Central Asia will guide us to our final piece: Modest Mussorgsky’s tour de force Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday, January 18 marks the return of our ever-popular “Family Concert.” Admission is FREE for this event and features not only a family-friend approach to the music but also an opportunity for audience members to interact with the musicians and even try out some instruments!

“Passion” is the theme for our Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24 performances with Cleveland, Ohio-based violin soloist Andrew Sords. Andrew will join the JSO in a performance of Max Bruch's gorgeous Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor. We will warmly embrace the concerto with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Namensfeier Overture – which has a University of St. Francis connection – and George Whitefield Chadwick’s beautiful, but too infrequently performed, Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major

Our season finale “La Crème de la Crème” on Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27 features an all-French program with local cellist Marianne Roszyk as our soloist. Marianne will join the JSO in a performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor. Bookending the concerto will be Gabriel Faure’s exquisite Suite from Pelleas et Melisande and Cesar Franck’s dramatic Symphony in d minor. What an incredible conclusion to a spectacular season of soloists and music!

Don't forget to come 45 minutes early to our performances and enjoy an opportunity to learn more about the music during our "Noteworthy" pre-concert chats with Artistic Director & Conductor Sean Paul Mills and guests!

DSC00749.JPG
bottom of page