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RSO Blog: Cirque de la Symphonie

If you’ve ever been to a circus, you probably have some vivid memories of “The Greatest Show on Earth”. Death-defying catches on the flying trapeze, impossible feats of balance on the tightrope, mind-boggling juggling, precision knife-throwing around a living target,

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RSO Blog: Mozart

“Mark the Music” – Lorenzo, Act V, The Merchant of Venice For our second Classics concert, Shakespeare once again inspires our program, as he has inspired untold millions of actors, singers, readers, writers, composers, and audience members since his death

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Roast the Maestro Photo Gallery

Check out our photo gallery from Roast the Maestro, you might be there! Click Here to view the gallery.

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RSO Blog: Tchaikovsky and Brahms

I’m always excited about the first concert of the season. After taking some time off for vacation, travel, and home projects that don’t involve ladders, it’s great to welcome back the members of the RSO for another year of great

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Join the RSO at these Upcoming Events

2015·16 Special Events RSYO Trivia Night February 26, 2016 Riverfront Museum Park – Kresge Hall $20 per person – space is limited We invite you to this night of fun to support a good cause! Trivia questions will span a broad range

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RSO Blog: A Message from Steve Larsen

Dear Friend, Through the generosity of our patrons, this past season we were thrilled to bring you Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen, Copland’s Symphony No. 3, and Holst’s The Planets. Plus, The Genius of John Willians and A Tribute

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RSO Blog: End of the Year Message from the Executive Director

Eighty years ago, a group of citizens with a desire to create a cultural institution that would enrich the lives of its community formed the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.  Those dedicated volunteers were determined to keep the music alive during times

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RSO Blog: Subscription Message from Steve Larsen

I wanted to personally take this opportunity to let you know how excited I am about the upcoming 2015·16 concert season. In preparing the programming for the next season (my 25th), I reflected on pieces of the past, the concerts

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RSO Blog: Preparing for The Planets

When the brand-new Rockford Symphony played its first concert on May 20, 1934, one of the works not included on the program was Gustav Holst’s The Planets. There were many good reasons for its omission. In length, difficulty and the

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RSO Blog: Preparing for American Salute

Once upon a time, in a not-too-distant past, concerts didn’t have titles. In today’s marketing-driven world, they do, and this can occupy a surprising amount of time and effort. Sometimes, even though the program is chock-full of exciting music, the

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