New for the RSO, additional performance times and venues!
Rockford, IL – Music Director Steve Larsen is pleased to announce the RSO’s 2015·16 season -- his 25th year conducting the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.
The ComEd Classic Series will be an exciting return to the Masters of Classical Music, along with tributes to the genius of Shakespeare in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of his death. The season will feature favorites from the classical repertoire including Brahms Symphony No. 4, with masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and Bach, and Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto and Symphony No. 4. Special guest appearances include pianist David Syme, the string duo of Ben and Noah Geller, RSO’s own flutist Scott Metlicka, and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale. The season finale will feature Rockford’s own composer and piano protégé, Emily Bear.
The 2015·16 Rockford Health System Pops Series promises to be a blockbuster with the incredible Cirque de la Symphony, featuring acrobats, aerialists, dancers and jugglers choreographed to the music of the RSO. The Mendelssohn Chorale again joins the RSO for the annual Holiday Pops. Completing our Pops Series will be the Magical Music of Disney highlighting the most loved songs of Disney Studios animated film classics like Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Frozen and more.
After more than 80 years of bringing vibrant music experiences to our community, the RSO is still full of surprises. While the incomparable Coronado Performing Arts Center remains our performance home, we are excited to offer two chamber concerts as part of the Classics Series that will be “on the road”. And because we believe choice and convenience are very good things, we’ve lined up four performances with matinee options as well as Friday night concerts.
“We have reached out to our patrons over the past few season to get feedback on the concert experience and they have told us they would attend performances if presented on alternate days and times,” remarked Executive Director Julie Thomas. “As we search for opportunities to grow our audience, giving more options for performance location and alternate dates and times make a lot of sense.”
We plan to perform two concerts in our Classics Series at Westminster Presbyterian and Our Saviors Lutheran churches, one on a Friday evening – new for the RSO – and the other on Sunday afternoon, giving audience members an option for a location and date that best fits their schedule. These sites were chosen because both have a history of presenting music performances and have wonderful organs, and are in areas of our community that are accessible to our target audience. According to Larsen, these venues offer a unique programming opportunity for the RSO.
“Selecting a smaller venue allows the RSO to perform different repertoire because they are acoustically designed for these types of performances,” says Larsen. “We are looking forward to a more intimate concert experience for fans of the orchestra.”
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