Rockford Symphony presents pianist Lori Sims in final Classics Concert May 10

Rockford Symphony presents pianist Lori Sims in final Classics Concert May 10


The Rockford Symphony will perform its final Classics Concert of the 2002-03 season at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10, in the Coronado Theatre. The concert, titled “From Russia with Love,” is sponsored by ENT Associates, as part of the Conflux Design Classics Series.

To begin the evening, Maestro Steven Larsen and the musicians of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra will introduce listeners to a rousing Czech opera, with “Three Dances” from Bedrich Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride.” Then pianist Lori Sims returns to the RSO for an “inspiring” performance of Richard Strauss’s playful Burleske. Finally, the RSO will lead audiences on a Russian adventure with Tchaikovsky’s moving Symphony No. 4, featuring boisterous Russian folk melodies, tender lyricism and awesome struggles with fate.

The RSO is very happy to welcome Lori Sims back to Rockford for her first performance with the Symphony in the newly renovated Coronado Theatre. Ms. Sims received the first prize Gold Medal at the 1998 Gina Bachauer International Piano competition, where she also won the prize for the best performance of a work by Brahms. Ms. Sims’s other awards include: first prize co-winner of the Felix Bartholdy-Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin, Germany, winner of the 1993 American Pianists’ Association competition with outstanding distinction from the jury, and the Silver Medal winner in the 1987 Kosciuszcko Foundation Chopin Competition. Ms. Sims has performed throughout America, Europe and China.

Single tickets for the RSO’s “From Russia With Love” Classics Concert are available now for $14, $26 or $34, student tickets (up to age 18) are $6. Subscription packages are also on sale for the 2003-04 season, through the RSO box office and Web site. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the RSO Box Office at 965-0049 or visit the Web site at

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