March 31 RSO concert highlights American composers

Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and Music Director Steven Larsen present “American Visions” Classics Concert at 8 p.m., March 31, at Coronado Theatre.

From the bluesy swing of Porgy and Bess to the expansive sounds of Aaron Copelan’s Tenderland Suite, “American Visions” captures our American values and pioneering spirit.

“America gained its musical voice during the 1920s and ’30s,” Larsen said. “This concert features six leaders who shaped the musical landscape of the 20th century in works reflecting the vernacular of jazz and ragtime.”

The concert begins with Harbison’s “Remembering Gatsby,” followed by “Coplan’s Suite” from The Tenderland and Bernstein’s “Three Dance Episodes” from On the Town. Frank Proto’s “A Carmen Fantasy” features RSO’s principal bass, and conductor of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra, Alison Gaines. The concert concludes with

“Philips’ Selections” from McGuffey’s Reader and “Gershwin’s Suite” from Porgy & Bess.

The RSO also announced the fifth session in its lunchtime series, Sound Bites. This session will offer audience members the opportunity to join in a pre-concert discussion with Larsen and Gaines. The series is free to the public, and will be held at noon, March 30, at Brio Restaurant, Wine Bar and Patio, 515 E. State St. Guests are encouraged to call the RSO at 815-972-2939 for reservations. Lunch is available for purchase at Brio for those who are interested.

On concert night, audience members are also 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 815-965-0049, or at Ticket prices range from $15 to $42. Tickets are $17-$44 the day of the concert.

from the March 28-April 3, 2007, issue

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