Mendota reporter | The Fourth Symphony will welcome the native of Peru as star soloist on October 30

LA SALLE – The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Daniel Sommerville will present “Belated Beethoven Bash!” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 at the Matthiessen auditorium of LaSalle-Pérou high school. This concert will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Sherry Rubins, an LP graduate from Peru, will be the soloist in Darius Milhaud’s colorful concerto for marimba and vibraphone, op. 278. The program will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Overture and Smetana’s “La Moldau”.

Rubins is a practice professor and coordinator of the percussion program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She conducts the percussion and steel drum ensembles and teaches major percussion at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is principal timpani of the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival and the Mozart Festival Texas (San Antonio).

Recently, Rubins served as Acting Principal Timpanist and Acting Principal Timpanist / Assistant Percussionist with the San Antonio Symphony and now performs frequently as a backup musician with the San Antonio Symphony. As a busy freelance percussionist, she has contracted and performed for numerous tours including “A Tribute to Prince”, “Weird Al” and “Hugh Jackman”. She has presented clinics and performances throughout the South Texas region, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the Music for All National Percussion Symposium in Indianapolis, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Percussive Arts Society. International Convention.

Rubins is an educational artist / clinician for the Zildjian / Vic Firth Company, Remo Percussion and the Yamaha Corporation. She has been featured on the Zildjian, Texas Music Educators, and Vic Firth websites. She is a long-time active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), where she recently completed her term on the Advisory Board. In the past, she was also vice president of the Texas chapter of PAS.

Rubins received his BA in Music Education from Western Illinois University. She began her graduate studies at Baylor University and completed her Masters in Music Performance at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband Peter and their son, Matthew.

The YM-5100 marimba and YV-3910 vibraphone on which Rubins will perform are courtesy of Yamaha Corporation of America with assistance from The Music Shoppe, the largest independent music retailer in central Illinois.

On October 28, Rubins will present a percussion workshop at LaSalle-Peru High School and afternoon assemblies at Parkside Middle School in Peru. Both school presentations are facilitated by North Central Illinois Artworks as part of the nonprofit organization’s educational outreach initiative.

The IVSO season sponsor is Ottawa Radio: WCMY 1430AM & 95.3JackFM. The October concert is sponsored by Spring Valley City Bank and Eureka Savings Bank and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are available online at and also at the door. Adult tickets are $ 20, student ID tickets are $ 5, and K-12 students are free. The Matthiessen Memorial auditorium is accessible. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] IVSO will fully align with all health mandates and recommendations of the CDC, State and County of LaSalle.

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