RAYSO presents fall

RAYSO presents fall

By The Rockford Area Youth Symphony Orchestra (RAYSO) will present its fall concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 19 at West Middle School. The concert will include a variety of 18th, 19th and 20th century classical compositions, including Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture,” Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor and a composition by Handel. RAYSO member Kim Williams will be a featured soloist for the concert. She will perform a trumpet solo in Alan Hovhaness’s “Prayer for Saint Gregory.”

The Rockford Area Youth Symphony Orchestra (RAYSO) will present its fall concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 19 at West Middle School. The concert will include a variety of 18th, 19th and 20th century classical compositions, including Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture,” Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor and a composition by Handel. RAYSO member Kim Williams will be a featured soloist for the concert. She will perform a trumpet solo in Alan Hovhaness’s “Prayer for Saint Gregory.”

RAYSO is the only full orchestral training available for young musicians in the area. The program, founded in 1965, is a vital part of the music education for 60 high school students, who are selected for the orchestra through annual auditions. Under the direction of Jon Mortenson, young people receive instruction on their individual instruments and the experience of playing together as a musical ensemble. RAYSO is comprised of students from all across northern Illinois, including the communities of Belvidere, Rochelle, Dixon, Pecatonica, Freeport and Rockford. RAYSO conducts weekly rehearsals and performs two concerts for the public each year, in addition to special appearances with other area symphonies.

Tickets for the Rockford Area Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert are $5 for adults and $2 for students and are available at the door. For more information, call the Rockford Symphony box office at 965-0049.

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