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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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Give the Gift of Music!

Working on your Christmas list? The RSO has merchandise available for sale!

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RSO Announces Holiday Pops Guest Conductor

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Rockford Symphony Orchestra Announces Holiday Pops Guest Conductor Rockford, IL. RSO Music Director Steven Larsen was involved in an accident last week and, unfortunately, will be unable to conduct the Holiday Pops concerts this weekend.  Maestro Larsen has been hospitalized

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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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