Itzhak Perlman protege joins symphony for opening night

18-year-old violinist Rachel Lee performs Sept. 30, kicks off RSO’s new lunch series Sept. 29

Music Director Steven Larsen and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) open the 2006-07 season with special guest violinist Rachel Lee, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Coronado Theatre.

During his visit to Rockford last October, Itzhak Perlman personally recommended 18-year-old Rachel Lee. Lee will perform Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, considered one of the finest in the repertoire.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, “Lee combines the passion and impetuosity of youth with a depth and maturity of a musician two or three times her age.”

The opening night performance will also feature Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which brilliantly showcases the orchestra, and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations with its mysterious collection of themes written as amusing portraits of the composer’s friends.

RSO has also announced a new lunchtime series, Sound Bites. This series will offer audience members the opportunity to join in a pre-concert discussion with Larsen and the upcoming concert’s guest artist. The series is free to the public, and will be at the new café Cru, 509 E. State St., the Friday before every Classics Concert. Guests are encouraged to call the RSO at 965-0046 for reservations. Lunch is available for purchase at Cru for those interested. The series premieres Sept. 29 and will feature Rachel Lee.

The night of the concert, audience members are also encouraged to attend a pre-concert lecture by 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 Ticket prices range from $15 to $42.

From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue

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