Rockford Symphony opens season Sept. 29 at Coronado

Music Director Steven Larsen and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) open the 2007-2008 season with a concert featuring Schubert’s masterful Symphony No. 9, “The Great.” Concert begins at 7 p.m., Sept. 29, at Coronado Theatre.

The opening-night performance will also feature Leó Weiner’s Divertimento No. 5, followed by violinist Eva León, one of the most successful Spanish violinists of her generation, as she solos on Dvoøák’s lively and festive violin concerto.

Tickets are available at or by calling the RSO Box Office at (815) 965-0049. Ticket prices range from $15 to $46 ($18-$49 the day of the concert at the Coronado Box office).

To enhance the concert experience, the program notes are now available online. Patrons are also invited to attend the pre-concert lecture by Steven Larsen at 6 p.m. the night of the concert in the theater.

This season, the RSO welcomes nearly 600 new subscribers, and boasts record renewal rates.

“We are thrilled to have more and more members of our community experiencing live orchestral music,” Executive Director Brian Ritter said. “This is a true testament to the talent of Steven Larsen and the musicians of the RSO.”

Under the artistic leadership of Larsen, the RSO is a leading arts organization in the Rockford region, and the third-largest symphony orchestra in the state of Illinois. The RSO is composed of 85 professional musicians who perform 17 concerts per year—including classics, pops, ballet and opera—for an estimated annual audience of 30,000. The RSO was named the 2007 Orchestra of the Year for Illinois.

from the Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2007, issue

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