Rockford Symphony presents Classics Concert

Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) presents “Twilight of Romanticism,” the final Classics Concert of the season, at 8 p.m., April 21, at Coronado Theatre. Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) will present the RSO with the 2007 Illinois Orchestra of the Year Award at the beginning of the concert.

The final Classics Concert of the season features some of the greatest works composed at the end of the amazing Romantic era in musical history.

The concert begins with Don Juan, the composition that helped Richard Strauss make his name as a composer in the late 1880s, and is one of the composer’s most demanding orchestral pieces. The next piece is von Schilling’s Hexenlied, or “Witch’s Song,” narrated by actress Angela Iannone. The final piece of the concert is Rachmaninov’s passionate, well-known Piano Concert No. 2, played by renowned pianist David Syme.

According to The Prague Post, “David Syme is a consummate pianist—bold and forceful, subtle and tender, summoning whatever the notes call for, but injecting his own affinity, interpretation and flexibility.”

The RSO also announces the sixth session of its lunchtime series, Sound Bites. This session will offer audience members the opportunity to join in a pre-concert discussion with RSO Music Director Steven Larsen and Syme. The series is free to the public, and will be at noon, April 20, at Brio (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 who are 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 this 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.

The Orchestra of the Year Award recognizes the RSO’s 2005-2006 season, which featured a roster of 22 performances, including classics, pops and family concerts, a special gala concert with world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, a Hurricane Katrina relief concert, and, for the first time, a full-staged opera, La Bohème. During this season, the RSO also spearheaded a community celebration, including more than a dozen organizations, of the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The RSO was selected from among more than 30 professional orchestras in the state of Illinois by an awards panel including judges from the Illinois Council of Orchestras and outside arts organizations.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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