RSO hosts ‘An Evening with Kurt Elling’

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//img-oYap9pjwKQ.jpg’, ”, ‘KurtElling’);

Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Kurt Elling joins his hometown orchestra for an evening filled with nostalgic jazz classics and popular songs at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Coronado Theatre. Hailed by Dave Brubeck for his “inventiveness, creative approach to song, and avant-garde musicality,” Elling offers audiences a night to remember with premiere arrangements written especially for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

Now based out of Chicago, Elling’s musical roots link back to his Rockfordian childhood. His father, a church musician, strongly encouraged his children with musical instruments and lessons.

“I don’t remember a time before singing,” commented Elling. “I am told I was making up parts and harmonies to the hymns in church, but this is probably apocryphal information. But music was always a joy to me, and I did it because it was natural and made me happy.”

Tickets for the show range from $15 to $38 and are available by calling (815) 965-0049 or logging on to

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!