Enrique Bátiz to guest conduct RSO Classics Concert Nov. 18

Renowned conductor Enrique Bátiz will join the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) for a special performance with pianist Yuja Wang, at 8 p.m., Nov. 18 at the Coronado Theatre.

Bátiz is one of Latin America’s best-known and most highly respected musicians. During his 23 years as General Music Director for the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, he has conducted premières by many contemporary composers for Mexican television. Internationally, Bátiz has had engagements with more than 150 of the world’s great orchestras. He is one of a group of outstanding conductors who can boast a discography of well more than 100 fine orchestral recordings.

On this concert, the RSO will perform the works of four Russian masters, beginning with Mussorgsky’s Hopak from Khovantschina, followed by Prokofiev’s Piano Concert No. 2, featuring Yuja Wang. A rising star pianist, 19-year-old Wang is performing with the New York Philharmonic and will debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this spring. The second half of the concert will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture and conclude with Stravinsky’s majestic The Firebird Suite.

On concert night, audience members are encouraged to attend a pre-concert lecture by Steven Larsen at 7 p.m. in the Coronado Theatre.

Tickets for this concert are available by calling the RSO Box Office at 965-0049, or at www.rockfordsymphony.com. Ticket prices range from $15 to $42.

From the Nov. 15-21, 2006, issue

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