Illinois Philharmonic Presents Stravinsky, Ravel & Abels

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Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra presents

fantastical musical works of Stravinsky, Ravel & Abels

Award-winning composer Michael Abels to provide in-person narration of his work, Frederick’s Fables (based on Leo Lionni’s timeless children’s stories)

Other highlights include The Firebird Suite (featured in Disney’s Fantasia 2000)
and Mother Goose Suite

CHICAGO (February 15, 2022) – Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) is thrilled to present a wondrous culmination of works inspired by popular children’s fairytales, Stravinsky, Ravel & Abels, on Saturday, March 12 at the stunning 1,100 seat Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. A special appearance by Michael Abels—who has composed music for numerous films including Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning Get Out and Us—elevates the program. To accommodate a younger audience, the matinee performance begins at 3:00 pm. Tickets range from $10-57 and are available at

Under the direction of IPO music director Stilian Kirov, the orchestra will perform Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, a proven crowd pleaser featuring music used in the Disney film Fantasia 2000. The revered work was also used during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics for the Cauldron Lighting Segment.

The program also features award-winning composer Michael Abels’ fantastical Frederick’s Fables, based upon the beloved children’s stories of Leo Lionni, which Abels’ will narrate during the concert.

Rounding out the program is Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite with movements based on various fairytales and nursery rhymes from the Mother Goose collection.

About The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

Named “Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year” for the third time in 2020 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 44th Season in 2021-2022. From its community orchestra roots in Park Forest, the 69-member orchestra has grown into a critically acclaimed professional regional orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Stilian Kirov and Executive Director Christina Salerno, the mission of IPO is to provide concerts of compelling professional symphonic music, support music education, and expand audience awareness of musical excellence for the diverse communities of the greater Chicago region.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is supported in part by: Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Ozinga Foundation, Michuda Construction, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, visit ipomusic.orgor call 708.481.7774.

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