Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Pianist Sandra Wright Shen in Love Notes

Posted by: Beth Wakefield - January, 29th 2020 @ 02:40 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Pianist Sandra Wright Shen in Love Notes


Steinway Artist Sandra Wright Shen dazzled audiences last season with her performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23. Scott Faingold of the Illinois Times said "While Shen's masterful musicianship shone throughout the performance of the Mozart concerto, it was during her solo encore that she revealed herself as a force to be reckoned with." Shen returns this season to perform Rachmaninoff's captivating Third Piano Concerto. The concert also includes Tchaikovsky's magical Swan Lake and Strauss's passionate Don Juan.


Audiences will definitely feel that love is in the air this Valentine's Day with this inspiring evening of #LIVE music. Grab a friend, a significant other, or a group of friends for Galentine's Day, and celebrate this notable day in style!


Listen LIVE on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the UIS Performing Arts Center. Both concerts will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal and the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield.


Please join Music Director Ken Lam and pianist Sandra Wright Shen before the concert at our Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts hosted by Laura Kennedy, WGLT Arts Correspondence and Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium hosted by Mark McDonald, Host of Illinois Stories of WSEC/PBS Springfield.


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.


Love Notes is sponsored by season sponsor The Landmark Automotive Group, series sponsor Debra & Daniel Brownstone, M.D., concert sponsors Ken & Laura Berk, Great Plains Media, and 98.7 WNNS, and guest artist sponsor Jim & Debbie Ringer.


Steinway Artist Sandra Wright Shen has been described as a classical "pianist of the first order." With her passion, musicality, and inspiration, she aims to move hearts through music.


Sandra has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in 14 countries and throughout the US, at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Music Center in Washington, DC, the Chicago Cultural Center, Monte Carlo Opera House, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Korea Seoul Arts Center, Hong Kong City Hall, Granada International Music Festival, Recontres Musicale de Chaon in France, Brevard Music Festival and Masterworks Music Festival. As a guest artist, she has appeared with the Charleston Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Brevard Festival Sinfonia, New Millennium Orchestra, Greater San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Formosa Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, Taipei Symphony and others. Shen was the Artist-In-Residence of the Charleston Symphony for the 2017-18 season. She has played chamber concerts with Vesselin Paraschkevov, former concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and with Amos Yang, Assistant Principal Cello of the San Francisco Symphony. She has also performed on tour in Asia with cellist Nina Kotova.


Shen has received several first prizes in major piano competitions, including the 2012 France International Piano Competition, 1997 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the 1996 Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition and the 1990 Taiwan National Piano Competition.


Shen’s recordings include her debut CD featuring Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, recorded live, and the Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals,” both released on the Taiwan Rolling Stone Music label.


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.


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.