Randy Sabien to perform for RSO

“… uproarious good fun.”—Billboard “… he combines classical technique and folk energy in a program that’s still strictly jazz.”—USA Today Hometown phenom and acclaimed jazz violinist Randy Sabien will perform with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Coronado Theatre. “Symphonic Jazz,” the first concert in the RSO’s Rockford Health System Pops Series, will feature Randy Sabien’s unique style of jazz, incorporating standards from the ’30s and ’40s and many of Sabien’s own original compositions. From a young age, Randy Sabien studied to be a classical violinist, even playing in the Rockford Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. Soon realizing, however, that he could do more with his violin than just play classical music, he began playing rock ’n‘ roll from the ’60s and ’70s and traditional jazz favorites. Continuing his classical music study at the University of Illinois and then the Berklee College of Music, Sabien augmented his formal education with gigs as a country/rock fiddler. Today, Rockford native Randy Sabien is regarded as one of the pre-eminent jazz violinists of our time. He performs all over the country and has been a guest artist on Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. Tickets for this concert are still available by calling the Rockford Symphony Orchestra box office at 965-0049. Ticket prices are $15, $28 and $36. “Symphonic Jazz” with Randy Sabien is sponsored by Bank One as part of the Rockford Health System Pops Series. For more information: www.rockfordsymphony.com

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