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December 21 & 22, 2013
December 7 & 8, 2013
FREE Brass Masterclass
The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) announces a FREE Brass Masterclass led by Jonathan Boen. The Masterclass is open to all area middle, high school, and college brass players, public and private music teachers, and band directors. The Masterclass will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 24 at Rockford Lutheran High School.
Steinway Grand Restoration
Thanks to many of our generous donors, the RSO is able to restore its Steinway Concert Grand Piano. The RSO's Steinway was first performed in concert on February 14, 1988 by Georg Schenck. In the audience was Andre Watts, friend of then Music Director Charles Bornstein, who helped chose this piano. The piano, which consists of 12,000 working parts, is being restored by Bob Hohf in his workshop in Whitewater, WI. The restored concert grand will make its debut at the November 9 Classics concert featuring pianist and Rockford's own Jessie Parker performing d'Indy's Symphony on a French Mountain Air and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastorale."
Steve Larsen one of Rockford's "20 People You Should Know."
Music Director Steve Larsen is chosen as one of Rockford's "20 People You Should Know." Mr. Larsen is in his 23rd season as Music Director of the Rockford Symphony. His tenure has brought both local and national recognition to the orchestra. In 1999 and 2006 he was named Illinois Conductor of the Year and is a recipient of the Mayor's Arts Award for Individual Achievement. Maestro Larsen has worked with dozens of orchestras in the United States and Europe, including the Opera Theater of San Antonio, the Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Light Opera of Chicago and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra.