Concert pianist to lecture on campus

January 31, 2013

Peoria, IL (January 29, 2013) The Bradley University Department of Music will collaborate with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra to present a lecture by concert pianist Jade Simmons on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center, located at 1417 W. Barker Avenue. Admission is free.

Simmons has toured the U.S. extensively as a concert pianist, highlighted by concerts on the Ravinia's Rising Stars series, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, Merkin Hall, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the Dallas Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta at Chicago's Symphony Hall, the Philharmonia Orchestra of the Americas, and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. 

Simmons multiple talents make her a true Renaissance woman of the millennium. She founded the Impulse Artist Series, was the winner of the 2009 Best Non-Profit Arts Series, is a writer and lecturer, and created Emerge Already!, offering career building advice to new artists. In the summers of 2009 and 2011, the world got to know her as the webcast host for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Tchaikovsky International Competition.  

Ms. Simmons will speak on her professional experiences as a performer and as an entrepreneur.  The lecture will have relevance for artists of all backgrounds, but her talk will be interesting and applicable to all who enjoy music.  Individuals attending her performance with the Peoria Symphony on Saturday, February 9, in the Peoria Civic Center Theater will find this lecture experience to be a unique opportunity to really “get to know” the artist prior to the performance.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 309-677-2595.