‘Music at the Bistro’ Feb. 24 and March 10 in Toulon

Kyle Dzapo, left; Chee Hyeon Choi, and Marcia Henry Liebenow present a chamber music program Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the News Room Bistro in Toulon.

Chase away the winter doldrums with the warmth and uplifting, sunny music of classical chamber music programs coming up Feb. 24 and March 10 at the News Room Bistro in Toulon.

A trio led by Marcia Henry-Liebenow, concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and a piano recital by Bruce Polay headline chamber music programs set, respectively, for Sundays Feb. 24 and March 10 at 3 p.m. in the News Room Bistro at 101 W. Main in Toulon (Route 17).

Marcia Henry Liebenow, Kyle Dzapo, flute, and Chee Hyeon Choi, piano, will perform works of Rachmaninoff, Suk, Gaubert and others on Feb. 24.

Bruce Polay will present his “swan song” recital on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. in the News Room Bistro in Toulon.

Two Sundays later Polay, recently retired professor music at Knox College, returns from his family’s new home in Arizona to play a “swan song” program for his many fans in the Toulon area.

Bruce’s program will range from a Chopin nocturne to pieces by Rachmaninoff. Schubert and DeBussy to great standards like “Liebestraum” by Franz Liszt and “Someone to Watch Over Me” by George Gershwin.

The trio members are all faculty members in the music department at Bradley University and each has long credits of CDs produced, books authored, and performances here and abroad.

This past year, Marcia was featured several times on NPR’s national program, Performance Today.

Both programs feature complimentary coffee, wines and sweets, and admission is by free will donation.

The News Room Bistro (no longer a bistro) is popular with musicians because its piano is grand and the 14-foot, 1890s wood-grooved ceiling and surroundings offer fine acoustics in an intimate setting. Audience members can almost literally reach out from their comfortable chairs and touch the musicians.

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