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RPS Instrument Zoo

Each year 5th grade students in the Rockford Public School District visit an Instrument Zoo to try out different instruments and (hopefully!) sign up for music classes for their 6th grade year. The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Rockford

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Music Director Announces Retirement

October 16, 2019 – Because of your support over the years I wanted the announcement of my retirement from the RSO to come to you directly from me.  The 2020/21 season will be my 30th year as RSO Music Director, and

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Where Are the Women Composers?

Where Are the Women Composers? In its 85 years of existence, the Rockford Symphony has performed well over 2,000 compositions (including repeated works). Twelve of them were written by women. That’s less than 0.6%. Shameful? Chauvinistic? Discriminatory? Maybe, but also

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Subscriber Benefits

Subscriber Benefits Take a look at the benefits that go along with becoming an RSO Season Subscriber and opportunities to engage with the orchestra! Being an RSO Subscriber has its perks when you use your Subscriber card for pre-paid parking

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The passing of Michael Cunningham

If you attended our November 18 Classics Concert, you were undoubtedly moved by the world premiere performance of Michael Cunningham’s “Old War Poems”, based on poetry by Walt Whitman, and eloquently performed by Gen. John Borling. I am deeply saddened

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Music Director’s Message for April 6, 2019

Music Director’s Message                                                                        April 6, 2019 I’ve always felt a kinship between the music of Mendelssohn and Brahms. Felix (1809-1847) was the elder of the two, widely celebrated throughout Europe but dying much too young. By his death at age

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Behind the Mask – Letter from the Presenter

A Note from the Presenter March, 2019 Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has more titles and accolades than the Queen has hats! From one of only 15 EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners to a star on the Hollywood Walk of

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Music Director’s Message for February 16, 2019

Music Director’s Message for February 16, 2019 Ever since it was first performed in 1865, 37 years after the composer’s untimely death at the age of 31, Franz Schubert’s Symphony in B minor has inspired a question: Why didn’t Schubert

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Concert Cancellation Policy

Concert Cancellation Policy The January 19, 2019 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 for January 19, 2019

Music Director’s Message for January 19, 2019 I didn’t have to think long about my New Year’s resolution: to stay out of hospitals. I am writing this letter on the day I was released from Van Matre Rehabilitation Hospital, where

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