2019-2020 Season: A Notable History, An Exciting Future!
Dr. Daniel Sommerville - Music Director and Conductor
The 70th Season
John Hagstrom has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s trumpet section since 1966, when he won the audition for fourth trumpet. A year later he won the second trumpet position, carrying on the tradition of brass section teamwork for which the CSO is famous. Previously, he was principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas, and served as assistant professor of trumpet at Wichita State University.
Recordings featuring John Hagstrom include his performance of the Bellini Oboe Concerto and the Sachse Concertino with the Chicago Brass Choir, and he can also be heard as the lead trumpet on Daniel Barenboim’s recording on the Teldec label entitled Tribute to Ellington. In June of 2006 his first solo CD was released on the Albany Records label, about which Time Out Chicago said: “You’d never guess he was a mild-mannered second trumpeter from the hair-raising high notes…or from the way he seamlessly unfurls long lines…”
Hagstrom graduated from the Eastman School of Music before spending six years in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington D.C., where he spent three of those years as principal trumpet. His many solo appearances with the band included four national concert tours and the Camp David wedding of (Sr.) President Bush’s daughter, Dorothy.
Hagstrom is passionate in his support of music education, and in 2006 helped to initiate Dream Out Loud, a music education advocacy partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and the Yamaha Corporation of America. Through that initiative, he developed a variety of resources created for elementary through high school students, their teachers, and parents, designed to support students’ interest in playing an instrument, and providing encouragement in times of challenge. To learn more about Dream Out Loud, visit CSO Sound & Stories.
IVSO HISTORY AND MISSION
Since their first season in 1949-50, the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra has been striving to fulfill its mission "to entertain and inspire the community by performing live orchestral music." Music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Periods has been prepared under the direction of seventeen conductors from the first, Russell Harvey (1949-60) to the Brazilian-born Lucia Matos (2009-2018) and beginning with the 2019-2020 season, Dr. Daniel Sommerville. Local and international soloists have appeared with the IVSO and traditions - including the annual Pops Concert and the bi-annual Nutcracker ballet - have developed over the years. The business and development of the orchestra are overseen by a Board of Directors made up of community members throughout the Illinois Valley.
The vision of the IVSO involves engaging and educating the community. To meet this vision the annual Young Performers Competition and Concert was begun in 1968 encouraging Illinois Valley youth to audition as soloists and, if selected, perform with the orchestra. The first performance of Tchaikovsky's, The Nutcracker, in 1969, has lead to a performance of the ballet every other year with local dance academies supplying the dancers and choreographers. Community singers have also been engaged for periodic performances of Handel's, The Messiah, and other choral/symphonic works. Another ongoing educational program of the IVSO has the orchestra performing every year at area schools.
The most ongoing vision of the IVSO, however, is to entertain "a growing audience by performing quality music." Symphonic works from the great masters to new composers provide the finest music from throughout music history and a variety of genres. Guest performances by local soloists and nationally and internationally acclaimed instrumentalists and vocalists provide the Illinois Valley audiences with the finest quality performers. Notes in the programs and comments from the conductor are designed to educate the IVSO audiences about the music they are hearing and the composers who wrote.
Through a long and successful history the IVSO has "entertained and inspired the community by performing live orchestral music." As we look to the future the orchestra is constantly looking for the best musicians, the finest soloists and Board Members who continue the highest quality performances and work to inspire an ever growing audience.