Violin prodigy joins RSO Jan. 31

Celebrated violin prodigy Stefan Jackiw joins Music Director Steven Larsen and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Coronado Theatre. This is part of the RSO’s “Sounds of Spring” concert and will open with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and conclude with Schumann’s Symphony No. 1.

New for this concert, the RSO will present “Talk Back,” a unique discussion between Stefan Jackiw and Steven Larsen at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Coronado Theatre. The focus of the program is to explore the relationship between guest artist and conductor. Admission is free, but reservations must be requested by calling (815) 972-2939.

Eighteen-year-old Stefan Jackiw is already recognized as one of the most significant artists of his generation. Having made his debut in 1997 with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, Jackiw has since performed with many of the top orchestras around the world. Born to physicist parents, Stefan began playing violin at age 4, and is currently enrolled at Harvard University. In 2002, Jackiw was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe proclaimed Jackiw’s recent performance of the Mendelssohn concerto as “remarkable for long and singing lines, fabulous intonation, effortlessly sparkling virtuosity, and imaginative shaping of phrases and dynamics.”

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra offers free pre-concert lectures with Conductor Steven Larsen prior to all RSO Classics concerts. These informative talks are open to all ticket holders, and are designed to enhance the concert-going experience by providing insight into the music and composers to be performed. Pre-concert lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Coronado Theatre.

Tickets for “Sounds of Spring” are available by calling the Rockford Symphony Orchestra box office at 965-0049. Ticket prices are $15, $28 and $36.

This concert, part of the Conflux Design Classics Series, is sponsored by Forest City Gear. For more information about this concert or other RSO performances, call 965-0049 or visit the Web site at

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