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The Nutcracker Featuring the Rockford Dance Company ::

The Nutcracker Featuring the Rockford Dance Company Begins: Saturday December 06, 2014
Ends: Sunday December 07, 2014
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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 The Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Dance Company present two performances of the timeless holiday classic at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.  Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. 

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Saturday, December 6, 2014  Time: 7:00 p.m. Tickets here

Sunday, December 7, 2014    Time: 3:00 p.m. Tickets here

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Holiday Pops! with the Mendelssohn Chorale ::

Holiday Pops! with the Mendelssohn Chorale Date: Saturday December 20, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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Celebrate the holiday season with Rockford’s biggest holiday music tradition! The Mendelssohn Chorale joins the RSO to bring you the best music of the season, from popular to traditional and sentimental. As always, the audience will join the RSO for the Christmas sing-a-long!

Performances

Saturday, December 20, 201   Time:    7:30 p.m. Tickets Here

Sunday, December 21, 2014   Time:    3:00 p.m. Tickets Here

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RSO Classics: The Genius of John Williams ::

RSO Classics: The Genius of John Williams Date: Saturday January 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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The RSO pays tribute to one of America’s greatest composers – and certainly one of the greatest composers of film music ever! Over his six-decade career, Williams has scared the wits out of us (Jaws; Jurassic Park), made us weep (Schindler’s List; Saving Private Ryan), swashed our buckles (Indiana Jones), brought out the child in us (E.T.; Harry Potter) and made us all science fiction fans (Star Wars), all through the magical sounds of the symphony orchestra. 

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RSO Classics: Memories from Times of War featuring Amy Conn ::

RSO Classics: Memories from Times of War featuring Amy Conn Date: Saturday February 14, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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 The Good Soldier Schweik is a satirical Czech anti-War novel recounting the adventures of a hapless soldier in World War I, who Czechs adopted as their national personification. Czech/American composer Kurka wrote a darkly comic opera on Schweik, using a jazzy orchestra of only winds, brass and percussion.   Acclaimed soprano Amy Conn makes her RSO debut in three contrasting works. John Philip Sousa wrote a simple but moving setting of J.D. McRae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow”, honoring the thousands of anonymous war victims buried there. Barber’s dramatic setting of text by William Agee hearkens back to a rural America as yet unscarred by World Wars. Glière’s unusual concerto, written shortly after World War II, offers a dazzling display of the coloratura voice. Ravel ostensibly wrote his Tombeau as a tribute to baroque composer François Couperin, but dedicated its movements to friends who had died in World War I.  

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RSO Pops: What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Byron Stripling ::

RSO Pops: What  a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring Byron Stripling Date: Saturday March 07, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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An electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong! With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuosic trumpet sounds, Byron Stripling dazzles audiences wherever he goes.  Musical hits from the Big Easy and beyond include “What A Wonderful World”, “Saint James Infirmary”, “Royal Garden Blues”, “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans”, “Hello Dolly” and “Basin Street Blues”.  With his signature version of "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" to close the show, Byron celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and always leaves 'em dancing in the aisles!

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RSO Classics: An American Salute ::

RSO Classics: An American Salute Date: Saturday March 28, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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Gould’s famous American Salute, an electrifying set of variations on the Civil War tune, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” leads to a touching remembrance of Americans, whether Union or Confederate, who lost their lives in the Civil War. A commission by the Philadelphia Orchestra produced a rare partnership of two young composers who created this work in 2003. Copland’s final symphony, premiered in 1946, captures in sound the confidence of the World’s undisputed superpower, post-war America, building a thrilling climax from Copland’s own “Fanfare for the Common Man.” 

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RSO Classics:The Planets featuring Ji ::

RSO Classics:The Planets featuring Ji Date: Saturday April 25, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Coronado Performing Arts Center

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 A British composer Walton, like wartime composers everywhere, wrote music to boost public spirits during the war. His Spitfire Prelude and Fugue was originally part of a 1942 movie called The First and the Few, and underscores the manufacture of Britain’s Spitfire airplane. The Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm in World War I, but was determined to continue his career. He commissioned a number of composers to write concertos for the left hand, of which Ravel’s is the most famous. Holst wrote his most renowned work, The Planets, between 1914 and 1916. The RSO’s performance will be accompanied by dazzling astronomical images collected by Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. 

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