RSO Classics: Beethoven ::

RSO Classics: Beethoven Date: Saturday October 01, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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This all-Beethoven program features three of the master’s greatest works: the overture from his only opera, Leonore;  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, first performed  in 1803; and his third symphony.  Pianist Awadagin Pratt, acclaimed for his musical insights and intensely involving performances, brings his talent to the RSO with the performance of Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr Pratt graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas - piano, violin, and conducting.

On the Program:
Beethoven 
Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven
 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

Awadagin Pratt, piano
Beethoven
 Symphony No. 3 in E flat (Eroica)

RSO Pops: A Night of Symphonic Rock ::

RSO Pops: A Night of Symphonic Rock Date: Saturday October 22, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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 A Night of Symphonic Rock is a night of classic rock hits like you’ve never seen or heard! The show features a “hit parade” of the greatest hits from classic rock like Kashmir, Hotel California, More than a Feeling, Barracuda, Cold as Ice, Dream On, All of My Love, and more with a full rock band and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. The show features former lead singer of Kansas, John Elefante, performing great Kansas hits like Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward Son along with Mickey Thomas from Starship performing hits from Led Zeppelin, Heart, Foreigner, and more.

 

RSO Classics: Great Choruses & Overtures from Opera ::

RSO Classics: Great Choruses & Overtures from Opera Date: Saturday November 12, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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Thrill to the majestic overtures and choruses from the great operas- featuring the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale.

On the Program:
Johann Strauss II 
Overture to Die Fledermaus
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
Procession of the Nobles from Mlada
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky 
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Richard Wagner 
Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Handel 
"Happy We" from Acis and Galatea
Guiseppe Verdi, 
"Va, pensiero" from Nabucco
Guiseppe Verdi, 
"Anvil Chorus" from Il trovatore
Richard Wagner, 
Prelude to Act III and “The Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin and "Entry of the Guests" from Tannhauser
Richard Wagner, "Entry of the Guests" fromTannhäuser

Carl Maria von Weber, "Hungers' Chorus" from Die Freischütz
Modest Mussorgsky, "Coronation Scene" from Boris Godunov

RSO Pops: Holiday Pops ::

RSO Pops: Holiday Pops Date: Saturday December 17, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM

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Celebrate the season with Rockford’s largest holiday musical celebration featuring traditional and sacred music performed by the RSO and Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale. 

RSO Pops: Holiday Pops ::

RSO Pops: Holiday Pops Date: Sunday December 18, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM

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Celebrate the season with Rockford’s largest holiday musical celebration featuring traditional and sacred music performed by the RSO and Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale. 

RSO Classics: The Three Violins of Rachel Barton Pine ::

RSO Classics: The Three Violins of Rachel Barton Pine Date: Saturday January 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

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Featuring Rachel Barton Pine, violin, viola d’amore, electric violin.

On the Program:
Pietro Locatelli 
Violin Concerto No. 12 in D major (“The Labyrinth”)
Antonio Vivaldi 
Viola d’amore Concerto in D minor
Camille Saint-Saëns 
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Tracy Silverman 
Anthem25 for Electric Violin and Orchestra
Mozart 
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550

RSO Classics: Brahms & Schumann ::

RSO Classics: Brahms & Schumann Date: Saturday February 25, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

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Internationally renowned violinist Ilya Kaler joins his award-winning son, cellist Daniel Kaler, for Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor. Ilya Kaler is a Gold Medal winner at three of the world’s prestigious international violin competitions: the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985), and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1981).

On the Program:
Leo Weiner 
Divertimento No. 5, op. 39 (“Hungarian Impressions)
Johannes Brahms 
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor

Ilya Kaler, violin and Daniel Kaler, cello
Robert Schumann 
Symphony No. 2 in C major

RSO: An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth ::

RSO: An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth Date: Wednesday March 01, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

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Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will join the RSO for an unforgettable evening under the stars of the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Known for her roles in Pushing Daisies, Glee, The West Wing, and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, she may be most remembered by Broadway lovers everywhere for her origination of the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked.

RSO Classics: Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring ::

RSO Classics: Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring Date: Saturday March 11, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

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Multiple Grammy Award winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, innovative composer, and recording artist.

On the Program:
Lars-Erik Larsson 
Barococo
Darius Milhaud 
Kentuckiana (Divertissement on 20 Kentucky Airs)
Howard Levy 
Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica

Howard Levy, diatonic harmonica
Aaron Copland 
Appalachian Spring Suite

RSO Pops: I Hear a Symphony-Motown's Greatest Hits ::

RSO Pops: I Hear a Symphony-Motown's Greatest Hits Date: Saturday April 01, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

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You’ll want this show to go All Night Long as you celebrate the billboard hits of Motown with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra! Featuring Broadway singers Mandy Gonzalez, Joy Lynn Jacobs, and Destan Owens performing great songs like I Heard it Through the Grapevine, ABC, Stop in the Name of Love, Respect, and much more!

RSO Classics: Strauss' Last, Mahler's First ::

RSO Classics: Strauss' Last, Mahler's First Date: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM

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Nationally acclaimed soprano Kathy Pyeatt, known for her intelligent singing and “impeccable voice”, returns to the RSO to perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs.

On the Program:
Carlos Chavez, 
Sinfonia India
Richard Strauss, 
Four Last Songs
Kathy Pyeatt, soprano
Mahler 
Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan")

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