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Music Director’s Message, April 28

Music Director’s Message, April 28, 2018 “All Passes: Art Alone Endures” This is the inscription on Chicago’s Fine Arts Building, a wonderful Romanesque structure built in 1884 where I studied as a young man and later worked. It is adapted

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Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra named Youth Orchestra of the Year

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra has been named “Youth Orchestra of the Year” for 2018 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO). The ICO judging was based on the following criteria:

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Music Director’s Message, April 7, 2018

Music Director’s Message, April 7, 2018 The music of Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms seem to go together. They had become friends when Brahms helped promote his younger colleague’s music, they greatly admired each other’s work. Brahms’ Violin Concerto and

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Instrument Drive

Instrument Drive Saturday, May 12, 10:00am – 2:00pm Kresge Hall, Riverfront Museum Park 711 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103 Do you have old instruments sitting around your house wishing they were being played? Consider donating them to the RSO

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Music Director’s Message, March 10, 2018

Music Director’s Message, March 10, 2018 Country music just wasn’t a “thing” where I grew up. My town was mostly first to third-generation Italians, Poles, Norwegians, Swedes or Czechs. For the first-generation, “country” meant “Old Country”. For the rest of

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Music Director’s Message: Feb 10

Music Director’s Message: February 10 One of my favorite works of musical humor is The Young Lutheran’s Guide to the Orchestra, with music by Randall Davidson and narration by Garrison Keillor. Keillor examines every instrument in the symphony on a

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Music Director’s Message: Jan 13

Music Director’s Message: January 13, 2018 We should be skeptical of honorific titles that begin with “King of . . .”.  The majestically-maned lion reigned as “King of Beasts” until zoologists learned that he spends his life lying about while

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Annual Fund – Year End Giving

Annual Fund – Year End Giving The conductor, musicians, and YOU-every person’s contribution is vital to the success of the RSO! Last season the generous support of our donors allowed the RSO to beautifully perform some of classical music’s most

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Music Director’s Message: Holiday Pops 2017

Holiday Pops, December 16 & 17, 2017 Maybe you’ve heard this definition of insanity: doing the same thing and expecting different results. That’s obviously more of a witty quip than a clinical definition, but just for fun, let’s pretend it’s

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Music Director’s Message: Nov 11

Music Director’s Message, November 11, 2017 In the musical world, we don’t often celebrate 500th anniversaries. Our earliest repertory comes from the baroque era, which began in the late 1600s. Tonight’s program reaches back another century, to October 31 of

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