Saturday, April 1, 2023 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Peoria Riverfront Museum is thrilled to welcome Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn back to the museum for a magical performance celebrating The Art of Opera.
Nathan will be accompanied by his wife and artistic partner, Julie Jordan Gunn, and a select group of students from the Lyric Theater at the University of Illinois.
Pre-reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served in the "Nathan Gunn: The Art of Opera" exhibition.
Performance begins at 6:30 p.m.
NATHAN GUNN: LIVE at the Museum
Viveca Richards, Soprano
Mackenzie Taylor, Soprano
Alejandra Sandoval-Montanez, Mezzo-Soprano
Hector Camacho Salazar, Tenor
Salvatore Castronovo, Baritone
Julie Jordan Gunn, Piano
Featuring selections from:
The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cosí fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lorenzo Da Ponte
Meilhac and Halévy
Rigoletto and La Traviata
The Pirates of Penzance
Gilbert and Sullivan
Haffner and Genée
"Nathan Gunn: The Art of Opera" is sponsored by Linda Beth & Ed Sutkowski, Visionary Society & Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Saturday September 30, 2023 | 11:30 a.m.
Join us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Store for a natural dye workshop with Lily Scalf, founder of Foraged Roots Apothecary .
The Museum Store is proud to be partnering with Scalf, a local artist, to share her natural dye products with the world. On Saturday, September 30, 2023 she will demonstrate her natural dye bag kits, and the museum store will have Foraged Roots Apothecary products available for purchase.
This event is presented by the Museum Store.
Sunday, October 8, 2023 | 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. | A museum-wide event!
This October, we are announcing the establishment of the Golden Voice LIVE fund! Inspired by the Golden Voice wall, a promised gift of Jerry and Mary Ann Milam, who operated the Golden Voice studio in South Pekin and produced local and national artists in rock, folk, psychedelic, country, R&B and gospel music. Golden Voice, which launched the careers of some of the most indelible talents of American music, including Dan Fogelberg, is remembered at the Peoria Riverfront Museum through an awe-inspiring wall of records, some silver, some gold, and some platinum!
Golden Voice LIVE will feature three sets of live music, coordinated by local business owner, Craig Moore of Younger Than Yesterday. Local radio personalities will be spinning real vinyl records, and there will be plenty of chances for a photo op in front of the Golden Voice wall!
Special appearances by speakers John Morris, Jerry Milam and Steve Gibson. John is the President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and will be discussing the NEW Golden Voice Fund. Jerry Milam is the owner and operator of Golden Voice studios, and will speak on the development of the studio, the great talents that have emerged, and the fund that will keep performance in Peoria, and at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Special guest Steve Gibson was an early full-time Golden Voice session guitarist, working with the studio from the age of 15. Now, he is a retired former music director of the Country Music Awards and the Grand Ole Opry. with 14,000 Nashville sessions (est. 42,000 tracks), and a 2014 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Set 1 | Golden Voice in the 60's
Including hits from Suburban 9 to 5, The Shags, the Coachmen, Brillo and The Firebirds and Carl Trent ("Caterpillar Man" 1970)
Set 2 | Golden Voice in the 70's
Enjoy classics from some of the most prolific artists on the Golden Voice wall, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Starcastle!
Set 3 | Golden Voice and the Dan Fogelberg Foundation Tribute Band
Eric Mills with be performing four out of five songs from Fogelberg's Captured Angel album, accompanied by band: Sheldon Felich, Jay Hennessy, Eric Mills and Tim Harr.
Sponsored by Friends of Performance
Saturday, October 14 | 10:30 - 1 pm
Watch the solar eclipse with Renae and Nick, the astronomy experts at the Peoria Riverfront Museum! On October 14, 2023, there will be an Annular Solar Eclipse visible in a narrow path across the United States. In Central Illinois, the Sun will be about 60% eclipsed - a partial solar eclipse.You need eclipse shades to view this event and protect your eyes. Eclipse shades can be purchased in the museum store for $4. We will have solar telescopes, pinhole projectors and Sun centered activities for viewers on the museum’s Sun Plaza. Join us to watch this partial solar eclipse.