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Guest Conductor Linc Smelser

Steve Larsen was hospitalized this week as a result of complications from an earlier procedure. While he has been released, he needs to rest for the next week or so.  As a result, we have asked Linc Smelser, RSYO conductor,

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RSYO is turning 50!

RSYO is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in the 2018-2019 Season! Alums: we want to hear from you so we can update you on happenings and invite you to celebrate with us throughout the year! Click below to send us your

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Music Director’s Message, May 19

Music Director’s Message, May 19, 2018 With the last of our children having just turned 21, it has been more than a few years since an impending release of the latest Disney animated feature caused excitement in our home. Still,

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Music Director’s Message, April 28

Music Director’s Message, April 28, 2018 “All Passes: Art Alone Endures” This is the inscription on Chicago’s Fine Arts Building, a wonderful Romanesque structure built in 1884 where I studied as a young man and later worked. It is adapted

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Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra named Youth Orchestra of the Year

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra has been named “Youth Orchestra of the Year” for 2018 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO). The ICO judging was based on the following criteria:

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Music Director’s Message, April 7, 2018

Music Director’s Message, April 7, 2018 The music of Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms seem to go together. They had become friends when Brahms helped promote his younger colleague’s music, they greatly admired each other’s work. Brahms’ Violin Concerto and

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Instrument Drive

Instrument Drive Saturday, May 12, 10:00am – 2:00pm Kresge Hall, Riverfront Museum Park 711 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103 Do you have old instruments sitting around your house wishing they were being played? Consider donating them to the RSO

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Music Director’s Message, March 10, 2018

Music Director’s Message, March 10, 2018 Country music just wasn’t a “thing” where I grew up. My town was mostly first to third-generation Italians, Poles, Norwegians, Swedes or Czechs. For the first-generation, “country” meant “Old Country”. For the rest of

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Concert Cancellation Policy

Concert Cancellation Policy The February 10, 2018 concert is scheduled to go on as planned. For questions regarding when a concert may be cancelled, please see the RSO’s Concert Cancellation Policy below. I. CANCELLATION The RSO will endeavor to perform

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Music Director’s Message: Feb 10

Music Director’s Message: February 10 One of my favorite works of musical humor is The Young Lutheran’s Guide to the Orchestra, with music by Randall Davidson and narration by Garrison Keillor. Keillor examines every instrument in the symphony on a

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