Illinois Symphony Orchestra to honor our living heroes of the Armed Services

Posted by: Beth Wakefield - November, 6th 2019 @ 09:55 am

Illinois Symphony Orchestra to honor our living heroes of the Armed Services


Lights! Camera! Action! Join the acclaimed musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Ken Lam and our Celebrity Host Mo Lightning, host of 3rd String Morning Show on 97.7 QLZ, for a cinematic musical journey that celebrates the triumphant victories of your favorite heroes against their fateful villains. On Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the UIS Performing Arts Center, your favorite heroes and villains will take center stage as the orchestra performs music from Captain America, The Avengers, Batman, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and MORE! The concert will close with a special tribute to our living heroes of the Armed Forces.


To say thank you to our Veterans of the Armed Forces, we are offering 25% OFF of our single ticket prices on Monday, November 11, 2019. In Bloomington, Veteran’s may take advantage of this special offer ONLINE by using the discount code VET25, and in Springfield, Veteran’s may take advantage of this special offer by phone, through the ticket office, and online by using the discount code VET25.


Listen LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM at UIS Performing Arts Center. Family Friendly Pre-Concert Activities will start at 6:30 PM before each concert. THE FIRST 100 KIDS TO RECEIVE A FREE CAPE!


Order your tickets today! It’s great fun for the entire family!

Tickets are $21, $42, 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.


Heroes & Villains is sponsored by season sponsor The Landmark Automotive Group, series sponsor Memorial Health System, concert sponsors CEFCU, Isringhausen, The New Magic 99.5 fm, WGLT 89.1 fm, and 97.7 Real Rock QLZ.


Mo Lightning, host of the 3rd String Morning Show on 97.7 QLZ, has been desperately trying to obtain super powers his entire life. He's been bitten by spiders, worn green rings, volunteered to have Adamantium fused onto his bones, but nothing has worked. Instead, Mo chooses to live his dreams through daily pop culture reports, hosting podcasts, and making appearances on-stage leading Comic-Con conversations.


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 27th 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.


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