CSO’s Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh to perform with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Posted by: Contact Beth Wakefield - January, 15th 2019 @ 10:45 am

Experience the extraordinary sounds of Scandinavia with Grieg’s mythical Peer Gynt Suite, Nielsen’s daring Clarinet Concerto with Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and the triumphant Fifth Symphony of Sibelius. A night of Nordic noteworthiness you will not want to miss.


Listen LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS. The concert in Springfield will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield.


Please join Music Director Ken Lam and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh before the concert for Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, January 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium.


Order your tickets today for an evening of inspiring LIVE music!

Tickets are $20, $41, and $63. Student tickets available for $6 (Age 6-26) with valid Student ID, children 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Senior and group discounts are also available. Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts at (309) 434-2777 or in Springfield through the UIS Performing Arts Center for Sangamon Auditorium at (217) 206-6160. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or through the ticket office. Senior, group, or student priced tickets are not available online.


Nordic Nights is sponsored by season sponsor The Landmark Automotive Group, concert sponsor Carole and Jerry Ringer, and guest artist sponsor Sean and Taryn Grant.


John Bruce Yeh

The first Asian musician ever appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history, John Bruce Yeh joined the CSO in June of 1977, having been appointed solo Bass Clarinet of the Orchestra at the age of nineteen by Sir Georg Solti. Two years later, he was named Assistant Principal and solo E-flat Clarinet.  He served as Acting Principal Clarinet of the CSO from 2008-2011. He has also performed as Guest Principal Clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra as well as of the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China.


Yeh has performed concertos with the CSO on several occasions, including the 1998 American premiere of Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto with Pierre Boulez conducting, and the 1993 performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with Neeme Järvi. A concert recording of the Nielsen was released on the CSO CD set Soloists of the Orchestra II: From the Archives, vol. 15. In 2004, Yeh was featured in Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs in collaboration with the Hubbard Street Dance Company and the CSO conducted by David Robertson. An enthusiastic champion of new music, John Bruce Yeh is the dedicatee of new works for clarinet by numerous composers, ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams. Learn more at ilsymphony.org.


The Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO), led by acclaimed Music Director Ken Lam, is central Illinois’ largest professional orchestra serving over 30,000 community members with a budget of approximately $1.3 million. The ISO celebrates its 26th season of exciting performances with concerts in both Springfield and Bloomington/Normal including symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, pops concerts and Concerts for Kids.


The ISO’s commitment to the community is highlighted through its award-winning Music Matters! in-school programs for students in Kindergarten – 6th grade; engaging Concerts for Kids, a favorite of students teachers and parents; and the Around the Town Free Chamber Music Series. Through these programs the ISO brings diverse repertoire and live musical experiences to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.


The ISO, founded in 1993, is the consolidation of two well-established organizations: the Springfield Symphony and the Bloomington Normal Symphony. The ISO has won numerous awards including the Illinois Council of Orchestras' awards for Meritorious Service in Outstanding Programming, Community Service, and Community Event of the Year, all in recognition of its service and commitment to the citizens of Illinois. The ISO has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall during the tenure of Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler and has made appearances at the Ravinia Festival, Millennium Park in Chicago and the Illinois State Fair.


Recently selected as one of the Top 8 things you should do in Illinois by www.onlyinyourstate.com.


Additional information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra is available at www.ilsymphony.org.


The ISO is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.