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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.

Solos are performed by Kara Shay Thomson, soprano, Mark Thomsen, tenor, and Paul Kreider, baritone.

- WTVP and Peoria Symphony Orchestra partner to present a new local arts programs -

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 concert performance.




For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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