Cellist to guest perform at Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra concert Nov. 5 – Shaw Local

Esteemed cellist Leonardo Altino will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Concerto No. 1 in A minor” with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra at his next concert on November 5.

The conductor, Daniel Sommerville, is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the solo cellist, and rightly so.

Altino, a Brazilian-American cellist, has a reputation that precedes him. Not only was he something of a child prodigy, traveling the world and winning multiple prestigious competitions, but he was also hailed by The Strad magazine for his “exceptional musical intelligence and exceptionally cultivated sound”.

Altino is no stranger to giving stellar performances, performing with the Boston Symphony, Odense Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber, Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Carmel Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Montgomery Symphony, Symphony Pro Musica, Sinfônica Brasileira, Sinfônica Nacional do Brasil , Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, Sinfonica de São Paulo and the orchestras of the Virtuosi Festival, among others.

Altino is Associate Lecturer in Music at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, where he teaches cello and chamber music. He continues to teach at numerous festivals around the world, including the Brevard Music Center, Masterworks Festival, Academia y Festival Nuevo Mundo in Venezuela, Festival de Inverno Campos do Jordão and Festival Virtuosi in Brazil.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday November 5, Auditorium Matthiessen of Lycée La Salle-Pérou, 541 rue Chartres, La Salle. The program also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony No. 31 in D Major” and Robert Schumann’s “Symphony No. 4 in D Minor”. The program lasts approximately 70 minutes and showcases the unique musical style of the three composers.

This concert is sponsored by the family of Phyllis Jacobson, longtime IVSO percussionist and supporter of the symphony who passed away on October 27, 2020. Phyllis was heavily involved with the IVSO over the years and saw two of her sons become members of the symphony too.

Admission is by season pass or individual ticket available online at ivso.org or at the door: Adults are $20, K-12 students are free, and college students with ID are $5. LP High School is accessible to the ADA.

The IVSO season sponsor is WCMY/WRKX Radio in Ottawa. In addition to sponsorship of the concert by the Phyllis H. Jacobson family, this program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.