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Music Director’s Message for March 28, 2020

Music Director’s Message for March 28, 2020 Dear friends, For months I had been imagining how this week would have played out. On Saturday, March 21 I would have driven to O’Hare to meet Cosette for the first time as

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Musical Resources for Families

While we’re all quarantined at home, RSO Education Director Margo Stedman and RSO Board Member and Elementary Music Teacher Tami Gaudreau teamed up to put together some resources for parents that want to incorporate music into their days at home

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Important Concert Information

In response to the Winnebago County Health Department’s recommendation that all large gatherings be suspended to limit community transmission of COVID-19, and the travel ban imposed by the Federal Government affecting guest artists, all scheduled Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Rockford

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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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