The Rockford Symphony Orchestra, as parent organization of the Rockford Area Youth Symphony Orchestra (RAYSO), announces the Spring RAYSO concert, at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10 in the Coronado Theatre. This annual concert showcases the extraordinary talents of young musicians from a five-county area who comprise the only full training orchestra ensemble in this region. Alison Gaines is the current conductor of RAYSO.
Sharing the stage for this concert is the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, directed by Terrance Gray. This leading youth symphony will make its first appearance in Rockford, made possible by an Illinois Arts Council ArtsTour Grant. Additional sponsorship for the concert comes from Monogram Systems. The two youth orchestras will present a program featuring each orchestra separately as well as in collaboration, sharing the stage for Aaron Coplands Outdoor Overture and Tchaikovskys Romeo and Juliet Fantasy.
Another highlight of this concert is a performance by Leah Asher, the Rockford Symphony/Rock Valley College Concerto Competition winner for 2004. Asher, a senior at Auburn High School, will perform a movement from the Sibelius Violin Concerto with RAYSO.