RSO presents ‘Tyrannosaurus Sue’ KinderKonzert

On Sunday, April 27, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Burpee Museum of Natural History will present an unforgettable musical afternoon for children of all ages, titled “Tyrannosaurus Sue.” The final KinderKonzert in the Rockford Symphony’s 2002-03 season, the hour-long program will be presented at 3 p.m. in the Coronado Theatre.

Music Director Steven Larsen and the Rockford Symphony invite audiences to meet pterodactyls and triceratopses through music, as they travel back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The Symphony will musically portray Tyrannosaurus Sue’s adventures as she meets a variety of other dinosaurs in this “Cretaceous Concerto.” With projected images of dinosaurs provided by Burpee Museum of Natural History, audiences will follow the life of Sue the T-rex as she enters the world roughly 65 million years ago, explores her environment in what is now Montana, peers at packs of pachycephalosaurs, competes for food with a troodon, battles a triceratops, and finally watches asteroids hit the Earth, precipitating the end of dinosaurs and the beginning of the ice age.

“Tyrannosaurus Sue,” which was originally performed at the unveiling of Sue the T-rex at Chicago’s Field Museum, will be narrated by Thomas Zack, a local theater performer and playwright. Other pieces of the program include The “Fossil” movement from Saint Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” and Zoltan Kodaly’s “Viennese Musical Clock”—to signify the journey in time that the audience and musicians will take.

In conjunction with the KinderKonzert, Burpee Museum of Natural History will have hands-on activities, and a collection of dinosaur claws, teeth and bones on display in the Coronado Theatre lobby. Audiences are invited to come early and learn more about Rockford’s own dinosaurs, including Jane the Nanotyrannus.

RSO Youth Concert

The same program will be presented Monday, April 28, as the 23rd Annual Youth Concert at the Coronado. The RSO will give three performances of the “Tyrannosaurus Sue” program for approximately 6,000 fifth and sixth graders from dozens of area schools. The concerts begin at 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The RSO’s “Tyrannosaurus Sue” KinderKonzert is sponsored by Don and Pat Eubanks, the Rockford Area Arts Council and the First Rockford Group, as part of the Rockford Register Star KinderKonzert Series. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased by calling the Rockford Symphony box office at 965-0049, by visiting the Web site at, or coming to the Coronado Theatre box office on the day of the event.

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