Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) has announced its virtual opening night concert, IPO Reimagined. The concert will feature 30 IPO string players performing George Walker’s Lyric for Strings followed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade. The 45-minute program will be free to the public via livestream.
IPO’s Artistic Director, Stilian Kirov, who will be conducting the concert, has sought to highlight the diversity of American composers in the orchestra’s performance repertoire. IPO Reimagined carries on the orchestra’s tradition of presenting an opening night concert that spotlights an American composer, while also complementing IPO’s attention towards equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Plans for additional virtual offerings, socially distanced concerts, a Midwest film premiere, and other interactive programming will be released throughout the fall.