Rockford Symphony Orchestra
The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading cultural institutions in Northern Illinois, performing over twenty classical and pops concerts annually. The RSO was incorporated in 1943 after performing for the community for nine seasons under its first Music Director and Manager, Arthur Zack, who led the orchestra for twenty-seven years. For more information, please visit www.rockfordsymphony.com.
Friends of the Coronado
Friends of the Coronado PAC was established in 1997, after the historic Coronado PAC was gifted to the City of Rockford by the Kerasotes Corporation. The Friends launched an $18.5 million fund-raising campaign to expand, restore and renovate. With the generous help of the City of Rockford, dozens of area corporations, several regional and national foundations, thousands of individual donors and hundreds of volunteers, the dream of creating a world-class venue “for all to use and share” has been realized in the “new” Coronado Performing Arts Center. Today, Friends of the Coronado continues its mission of promoting and preserving the Coronado PAC. To learn more about the Friends of Coronado, please visit www.friendsofthecoronado.org
Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society (LOLTOS)
The Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society (LOLTOS) is a non-profit organization chartered in 1973. LOLTOS owns and maintains the Coronado Grande Barton Theatre Organ. LOLTOS members are musicians, music students, historical devotees and anyone who enjoys music and wants to preserve the beautiful sound of the Grande Barton. LOLTOS offers tours of the historic Coronado that include a brief organ concert, and comprehensive walk-through of the theatre, including the amazing Art Deco owner’s apartment.
LOLTOS has maintained the Archives in the theatre since 2008. Many years of research and collection of theater artifacts had been done by members as far back as the 1984. Currently the Archivist work at the theater updating information is an on-going exciting venture. The two archives rooms usually are not open except during tours and special occasions, These rooms are filled with artifacts and information on the theatre history. If you have newspaper articles, old programs, or items from the Coronado, we invite you to bring them down to add to the collection.
On the Coronado’s East mezzanine, LOLTOS has display cases, and music stands used for displaying interesting pieces of Coronado history These displays are changed periodically. LOLTOS is also dedicated to help in restoration of specific items for the theatre. LOLTOS’s goal for 2020 is to update the Park Avenue window displays. The windows contain historical items and information that LOLTOS has collected over the years.
LOLTOS would like to thank theater management and staff for all their hard work and support of the tours, socials and assistance in the archives.
LOLTOS is continually looking for tour guides, as well as information, articles, and items from the Coronado PAC. If you can help us, please call 815.847.6314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book a Tour and Visit the Coronado Education Center: Plan a Visit – Friends of the Coronado