RSO receives $35,000 grant from Illinois Arts Council

RSO receives $35,000 grant from Illinois Arts Council


The Rockford Symphony Orchestra was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from the Illinois Arts Council to support the collaboration with Peoria-based Opera Illinois on a production of Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly. The funds will be split between the cooperating organizations, and will help defray production expenses of this landmark performance. This grant will be awarded in addition to operating funds the RSO receives annually from the Illinois Arts Council.

“We’re very pleased to receive such a substantial gift from the IAC,” said RSO Executive Director Scott Provancher. “This grant will not only help us achieve our artistic goals for Madama Butterfly; it is also a testament to the importance of our collaboration with a leading arts organization like Opera Illinois.”

As part of the collaboration, the musicians of the Rockford Symphony will play Puccini’s score in the orchestra pit of the Coronado, under the direction of Music Director Steven Larsen. The sets, costumes and vocalists for Madama Butterfly will be provided by Opera Illinois. This performance will mark the first time grand opera has been presented at the Coronado Theatre in its 75-year history.

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra will present Madama Butterfly at the Coronado Theatre on Friday, Sept. 20 as its Season Opening Gala. Tickets for the performance are currently available only as part of a subscription series. Single tickets will go on sale on Aug. 19 for $45, $35, $25 and $20 for students under 18. For more information, please contact the Rockford Symphony Orchestra box office at 965-0049 or visit the web site at

In 1965, the Illinois General Assembly created the Illinois Arts Council for the purpose of encouraging development of the arts throughout Illinois. This state agency assists artists, arts organizations and other community organizations that present arts programming by providing financial and technical assistance. Funds are provided annually to the Council by the Illinois State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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