Mar 20

Season 9

Great music, great fun - Season 9 brings you all that and more. From Beethoven's 9th symphony to Bond, yes, James Bond. See our concerts page for tickets and more details.

Concerts page / Download the brochure

Mar 20

Heartland Festival Orchestra: jazz fusion

"The Heartland Festival Orchestra's March 19 concert presented an unusual mix of classical and jazz, with the spice of youth."

Read the article / Photos

Jan 1

Greeting the New Year with happiness, Broadway Style!

"The pair will light up the New Year with great song and dance numbers, from Vienna waltzes to Broadway tap."

Read the PJStar article / Concert Info / Tickets

Jun 20

Beethoven Triple Video

Enjoy our performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with soloists Michael Brown, Elena Urioste, and Nicholas Canellakis. Click the links below to visit our YouTube channel for more videos and to hear the trio's encore!

HFO YouTube Channel / Schoenfield Cafe Music

Apr 21

Join Our Relay for Life Team

This year the HFO is participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Everyone and anyone is welcome to join the HFO team and walk the track with us to raise funds and build awareness of the cause. If you prefer not to participate in the event you are welcome to donate in the name of the HFO. Click the link below to learn more, donate, and/or walk with us!

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Apr 18

Announcing Season 7!

Our 2015 / 2016 season features the Brahms Double Concerto, Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Carmina Burana, and more! Subscribe today!

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Oct 25

HFO Endowment Fund

The Heartland Festival Orchestra has reached a milestone.The Board recently voted to establish the HFO Endowment Fund as the result of a significant pledge to launch it by two long-time supporters: Sharon and John Amdall.

Consider joining them to ensure that the Orchestra is poised to last well into the future during good times as well as those inevitable down years.

Endowment Fund / Support

Mar 7

Making The Rounds With HOI Harvest

This morning David Commanday did the rounds with Heart of Illinois Harvest. HOI Harvest transports surplus food to local agencies for free distribution to those in need on a daily basis. Our Saturday (Mar. 15th) concert, Vibrant Mendelssohn with Lara St. John, supports this great organization!

Mar 4

Vivaldi's Spring

Happy Birthday to Antonio Vivaldi! With a little wishful thinking, here's Lara St. John's "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Season with the HFO. Don't miss Lara St. John March 15th play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor!

Feb 14

Happy Valentine's Day

"All the world's in love with love" today. Happy Valentine's Day from our hearts to yours.

Jan 12

Vienna to Broadway!

"The Heartland Festival Orchestra's New Year's Greeting, a show that has become a tradition, was as delightful as ever, and perhaps the best yet", wrote blogger Elaine Hopkins. It was truly a memorable performance! Thank you to our musicians, soloists, conductor, volunteers, Five Points staff, HFO team - and, of course, HFO fans and supporters!

Dec 31


On to 2014! We hope you'll join us in what's become the HFO's traditional, unique, extra-special fun way to celebrate: New Year's Greeting Vienna to Broadway on Saturday, the 11th at Five Points Washington.

Nov 3

Barbara Padilla Returns

Have you heard the news?! Barbara Padilla is returning to perform with the HFO in a special added concert this season. The concert will be April 26th at Five Points Washington. Get your tickets today!

Oct 27

Max Mandel Brings Audience To Their Feet

What a perfect night at Five Points Washington last night! Something about a concert that features the viola (played exquisitely by Max Mandel) that warms the hearts of all on stage and in the hall.