Story of Festival

“RiverSong Music Festival is about bringing people together around something which is for everyone, everywhere – music. The team that helped to found RiverSong is a group of musicians and music-lovers alike, with the goal of bringing high-quality classical music to the captivating gem of Galena. RiverSong is a story of love at first sight. When I first came to Galena in 2016, I was so taken with the stately grandeur of this tiny town nestled in the gentle hill-country of western Illinois. There was something about ascending the hills of Galena, looking out over the town with its many steeples, watching the people follow the winding course of colorful Main Street, that struck me in a way which so many other places simply haven’t. There was something about it all that seemed to say “music festival” to me. When I found out that a friend from my hometown of Chicago was connected with people in Galena, some casual inquiries were made – and before you know it, things were set in motion and here we are, making music in this town that made such an abiding impression upon me. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be here with my friends, making music for the citizens and visitors of this great gem of a city. Most of all, I am indebted to Galena itself, and for the people here, for letting us come and celebrate music and beauty together.”


John Urban, Artistic Director