Rockford Symphony offers ‘Celestial Inspirations’

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and Music Director Steven Larsen present “Celestial Inspirations” at 8 p.m., Feb. 17, at Coronado Theatre.

More than 200 musicians will be on stage to conjure the sounds of the solar system and beyond in Boito’s Prologue in Heaven from Mefistofele, featuring bass Ronald Hedlund; the Mendelssohn Chorale, directed by Martha Bein; as well as selected members from Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, directed by Joel Ross.

The RSO will also perform one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire—Holst’s massive and rarely performed “The Planets,” an orchestral spectacular that simply needs to be experienced live. Josef Strauss’ “Music of the Spheres Waltz” opens the program with its souring and lilting melodies.

The RSO also announces the fourth session of its lunchtime series, “Sound Bites.” This session will offer audience members the opportunity to join in a pre-concert discussion with Larsen and Ronald Hedlund. The series is free to the public, and will be at noon, Feb. 16, 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 interested.

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

Tickets for the 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 Feb. 14-20, 2007, issue

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