RSO invites community to Family Night at Rehearsal

RSO invites community to Family Night at Rehearsal


The Rockford Symphony Orchestra invites the community to get a “sneak preview” of the RSO’s upcoming performances by attending Family Night at Rehearsal, held prior to the Symphony’s Classics Concerts. These popular performances, which often attract several hundred audience members, are free and open to the public.

“We feel very strongly about offering all members of the community the opportunity to enjoy performances of classical music,” said Scott Provancher, executive director of the Rockford Symphony. “Through this program, the RSO serves as an arts resource for anyone with an interest in live symphonic music.”

The next Family Night at Rehearsal will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at the Coronado Theatre, featuring Mahler’s heroic work, Symphony No. 5, with its compelling narrative running from the opening funeral march through the agitated Allegro to a Scherzo and a triumphant conclusion. In addition, the RSO will perform Franz Lehar’s “Merry Widow” Ballet Suite as a poignant companion piece, to illustrate the differing visions of two composers writing in the first years of the 20th century, with very different results.

Family Night at Rehearsal is literally a “dress rehearsal” for Music Director Steven Larsen and the RSO musicians. In this informal setting, families can enjoy the same program that will be performed during the regular Classics Concert at no cost. Family Night at Rehearsal encourages everyone in the community to come watch and listen to the musicians of the RSO and learn about the concert program. No reservations or tickets are required.

For information, call the RSO at 965-0049, or visit the Web site at

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