FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Daughter of the South
Broadcast debut Friday, May 24th at 9:00pm;
encore Sunday, May 26th at 4:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
- WTVP and Peoria Symphony Orchestra partner to present a new local arts
WTVP will be airing a special program in conjunction with The Peoria Symphony
Orchestra this May. Peoria Symphony – Daughter of the South features the world
premiere performance of Midwestern composer Edward Joseph Collins’ Civil War era opera. Composed
in 1939, the original opera never received a full staging. The Peoria Symphony Orchestra, under
the musical direction of George Stelluto, presented this shortened concert version of the work
on October 22, 2011—more than 70 years after it was written.
The concert will make its broadcast debut Friday, May 24 at 9 p.m., with an
encore Sunday, May 26 at 4 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1.
150 years ago, the Civil War erupted upon the nation, and composers ever since
have been inspired to capture the gravity of the times. The opera, set on a plantation on the
Potomac River, will take you back to the years 1861-64 with an enduring love story of a Southern
beauty and a Northern boy, divided by a bloody national conflict. The piece is influenced by
the works of Strauss and Mahler, and also incorporates jazz and blues, reflecting the culture
of the 1920s and 30s.
Solos are performed by Kara Shay Thomson, soprano, Mark Thomsen, tenor, and Paul
Kreider, baritone, all who have performed with other prestigious organizations. The performance
was narrated by Lee Wenger.
We thank The Edward Collins Foundation for allowing us to air this spectacular
For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of
at (309) 495-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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