Rockford Symphony Orchestra hosts Enso Quartet

Rockford Symphony Orchestra hosts Enso Quartet


Rockford Symphony Orchestra will present “Bows and Strings,” the fifth in its Classics Series, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Coronado Theatre.

Music Director Steven Larsen and the RSO are proud to welcome the Enso Quartet for an evening of intricate melodies and enchanting harmonies. The quartet will perform Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 2 with the orchestra. Then audiences will enjoy Mozart’s Suymphony No. 36, written just days after a music-loving count from Linz, Austria, asked the composer to stage an impromptu concert. The “Linz” quickly became one of Mozart’s favorite symphonies, and has been loved by audiences throughout the world. The evening concludes with Maurice Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante defunte (Pavane for a dead princess) and Henry Purcell’s “The Gordian Knot Unty’d.”

“We’ve enjoyed having members of NIU’s resident graduate string quartets play with the RSO for several years. They’re all first-rate players. But the members of the Enso Quartet have been a particular joy to work with, and I thought it would be wonderful to feature them as soloists,” said Steven Larsen, music director.

The Enso Quartet, comprised of violinists Maureen Nelson and Tereza Stanislav, violist Rob Brophy and cellist Richard Belcher, was formed at Yale University in 1999. The quartet has performed in concert series throughout New England, the Chicago area and Detroit. Currently, the resident quartet at Northern Illinois University, they have been mentored by the Tokyo Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, Paul Katz, Peter Oundjian and Miriam Fried. Recent performance highlights include appearances at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, SummerFest La Jolla, the Mostly Music and Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and a concerto performance with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra.

Single tickets for this performance are $14, $25 or $32, student tickets (up to age 18) are $5. This performance, part of the Hamilton Sundstrand Classics Series, is sponsored by Alpine Bank. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the RSO Box Office at 965-0049 or visit the website at Tickets may also be purchased through the Rockford MetroCentre and the Coronado Theatre box office.

The Enso Quartet will also give two free performances in the Chamber Music Series on April 7 and May 5 at Memorial Hall. Both Sunday concerts begin at 3 p.m. No tickets or reservations are required.

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