The Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble under the direction of Sue Gillio will present “A Kaleidoscope of Color” concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Zion United Church of Christ, 1521 Sixth St., Peru.
Voluntary offers will be accepted with money going to the Flute Scholarship Fund to assist flutists who wish to attend the Flute Summer Retreat, June 19-25, in Peru.
The music played on Saturday will feature a color in the title of the piece and will end with an arrangement of “Colors of the Wind.”
The performers are Lois Croasdale, of Spring Valley; Catherine Engels and Emily Kmetz, from La Salle; Kathy Gage, of Keokuk, Iowa; Maggie Ferguson, Aubrey Garretson, Sue Johnson, Gabby Mosley and Maddie Vescogni from Peru; Tony Grunstad and Natalie Lindig of Ottawa; Eileen Hagenbuch, from Utica; Kendra Herman and Kendra Olson of Seneca; Jan Hoge, of Wenona; Julie Pleskovitch, of Oglesby; Donna Robinson, of Princeton; Ava Rosengren, of Serena; Jamie Valadez, from Dalzell.
The concert is sponsored by Music Suite 408, North Central Illinois ARTworks and the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble.
Music Suite 408 in Peru is the home of the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble, which was formed in the summer of 1991. The ensemble is one of Music Suite 408’s flute ensembles ranging in age from 6 to l ‘adulthood.
The Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble performed annually in April as part of the “Music at the Mansion” series at the Hegeler Carus Mansion; on TV for the Easter Seals Telethon, La Salle Christmas Open House, Maud Powell Peru City Art Celebrations, Senica’s Oak Ridge, Deer Park Country Club, Hunter’s Ridge Country Club, Reddick Mansion, St. Margaret’s Auxiliary Dinner, Morton Grove Library, Streator’s Liberty Village, Princeton and Peru, Ottawa Community Hospital Cancer Survivors Breakfast, Hornbaker’s Gardens and various other private parties and seasonal gatherings.
Additionally, the ensemble performed as one of three guest ensembles at the Principals Association’s 37th Annual Three-Day Conference at Peoria Civic Center and performed at the Chicago Flute Festival in 2001 (Wheeling) and 2009 (Evanston). The IVFE has produced three CDs “In the Mood for Flutes (2005)”, “Christmas Tidings (2009)” and “Flute Spangled Spectacular (June 2012)”.
Sue Gillio, originally from Oglesby, is owner of Music Suite 408 and director of the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble. She received her BA and MA from Western Illinois University with a major in flute performance where she studied with Gerald Carey. She is principal flute of the Illinois Valley Symphony and has performed with the Quad City Symphony, Heartland Philharmonic, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, DuPage Symphony and Peoria Symphony. She was featured soloist with the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony, Illinois Valley Youth Symphony, Mendota High School Band, Illinois Valley Community College Wind Ensemble, and guest soloist with members of the Chicago Symphony and Northwest Indiana Symphony at St. Xavier College in Chicago. “Brandenburg Concerto #5” by JS Bach. She was the featured soloist with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and again in 2014.
Internationally, Gillio has performed in Italy as part of the Rome Festival Orchestra (1998, 2004). She is on the faculty of Illinois Valley Community College, the Board of Trustees of North Central Illinois ARTworks, and is a member of the Chicago Flute Club, Quad City Flute Association, Rockford Flute Club, and National Flute Association where she performed at conventions in Columbus, Ohio (2000) and Dallas (2001). She has been published in the periodical “Flute Talk”, the “Pipeline of the Chicago Flute Club” and will be the featured educator for “Flute Talk” in May 2016.
Gillio founded the annual Summer Flute Retreat and is on the faculty of the Summer Flute Camp at Westminster Choir Conservatory in Princeton, NJ She received the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Illinois Small Business Development Center and the 2017 OMNI Arts Achievement Award.
All Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble performances are on a donation basis, allowing groups to purchase new music, help with instrument maintenance, and provide full or partial scholarships to the Summer Flute Retreat and other summer music. opportunities for flute students.
NCI ARTworks is a regional arts agency, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting and expanding the arts community in La Salle, Bureau, and Putnam counties through collaborative arts, educational awareness and the development of the artistic space. Its mission is also to create places that support public and private education, community events, economic development and cultural tourism. The vision of ARTworks is to foster communication between artists, arts organizations and arts educators. NCI ARTworks is located in the Westclox ARTworks Center in the West Wing of the Westclox Building in Peru. The organization is supported, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information, visit www.nciartworks.com.