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Saturday, September 18, 2010

George Stelluto conducts first Peoria Symphony Orchestra concert

I had the privileged this evening of photographing the Peoria Symphony Orchestra as they opened their season with a new conductor, George Stelluto. The orchestra’s public relations guy was extremely helpful, getting me back stage before the performance to get a shot of the maestro as he was preparing to walk out for his first performance with the orchestra (first and third photos). I absolutely love it when I get this kind of access, and it makes for better photos about 98 percent of the time.

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, waits backstage before taking the stage to conduct his first concert with the orchestra on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center. The orchestra opened with "Meistersinger Overture" by Richard Wagner.

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, waits backstage before taking the stage to conduct his first concert with the orchestra on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center. The orchestra opened with "Meistersinger Overture" by Richard Wagner.

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, reacts to the audience's applause after the orchestra's first piece of the evening during a performance on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center. The orchestra opened with "Meistersinger Overture" by Richard Wagner.

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, reacts to the audience's applause after the orchestra's first piece of the evening during a performance on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center. The orchestra opened with "Meistersinger Overture" by Richard Wagner.

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, waits backstage before taking the stage to conduct his first concert with the orchestra on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center. The orchestra opened with "Meistersinger Overture" by Richard Wagner.

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, waits backstage before taking the stage to conduct his first concert with the orchestra on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center. The orchestra opened with "Meistersinger Overture" by Richard Wagner.

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