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 for his injuries but is expected to make a full recovery. It is not yet known when he will return to the podium

The RSO has invited Stephen Squires to conduct Holiday Pops. Mr. Squires is the Associate Conductor of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Millar Brass (Evanston, IL), and Conductor of the Salt Creek Ballet Orchestra (Hinsdale, IL).  He is also a professor of music at Roosevelt University.

Holiday Pops Join is the most highly anticipated show of the RSO season.  Seasonal songs and traditional carols will be performed by the RSO and the Mendelssohn Chorale.

The Award-Winning Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Berens, will join the Rockford Symphony Orchestra performing side-by-side selected movements from the Nutcracker Suite by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky followed by the Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn arrangement.

Tickets are still available for both performances; Saturday, December 15-7:30pm, and Sunday, December 16-3:00pm, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.  Ticket prices start at $25, students 18 and under are $9. Student tickets are not available online. They are available only by calling the RSO or at the Coronado Box office.