Watts, KinderKoncert at Coronado Oct. 25, 26

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will take the stage at the Coronado Theatre for two separate events this weekend.

Acclaimed pianist André Watts will join the RSO in a “Legends in Their Own Time” concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, while the first of the KinderKoncert series, “The Magic of Music,” kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

Tickets for both events are available by calling the RSO box office at 965-0049.

A living legend, Watts joins the RSO for a performance of Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Watts burst upon the music world at age 16, when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic.

Watts has enjoyed a truly distinguished career, performing all over the world to tremendous acclaim. The Washington Post has proclaimed him as a musician with “… a formidable technical arsenal, a still more-powerful intellect,” while the Los Angeles Times called his recent performance of the Brahms concerto “… at once vehement, tender and controlled.”

The RSO opens the concert with Cindy McTee’s invigorating and jubilant work “Circuits.” When composing her work, McTee wanted music that engaged the body and mind.

“I was looking for a way to say hooray,” she said. “I was looking for a way to express joy and humor.”

The evening also features Debussy’s impressionistic “Nocturnes,” a work praised as one of the first exceptionally classical music pieces of the 20th century.

Tickets for this concert are $28, $38 and $48. “Legends in Their Own Time” is the first part of the Conflux Design Classics Series.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, Music Director Steven Larsen and the RSO perform “The Magic of Music,” the first concert in the RSO’s KinderKoncert Series. The 50-minute concert features musical magician Michael Folker—“The Amazing Carrington”—and is a fun and accessible way to introduce children to the magic of the symphony.

“The Amazing Carrington” and the RSO will educate audiences about the various moods, rhythms and colors of sound found in music. To illustrate these characterstics, the RSO will perform works that include selections from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral,” Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Leroy Anderson’s “Syncopated Clock,” and Charles Ives’ Variations on “America.”

New this year, the RSO will host a special post-concert family event on stage, featuring ice cream, family activities, and magic by local magician Brian Holt. Kids will also have the opportunity to meet Larsen and join him as he has his face painted.

Tickets for the KinderKoncert are $6 for kids, $8 for adults. Tickets for the post-concert event are $3 for all ages.

For more information about RSO, visit www.rockfordsymphony.com, or call 965-0049.

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