RSO director offers ‘mysterious’ lecture Nov. 2

From press release

Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) announces a special lecture by Music Director Steven Larsen at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2, in the Riverfront Museum Park Theater, 711 N. Main St.

The lecture, titled “Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6: Is There Hidden Meaning?”, will explore the mysteries of the Romantic Russian composer’s final masterpiece.

Nine days after he conducted the premiere of his Sixth Symphony, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky died mysteriously. Was it cholera? A suicide ordered by a secret “court of honor” to atone for his homosexuality? Is there a “secret programme” for this symphony that foretells his death? These are questions that have swirled around this great symphony, known as “The Pathétique,” for more than a century.

RSO will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 Nov. 14. Also included on the program for this concert is the premiere of the Trumpet Concerto by Illinois composer Mark Lathan (written for and performed by RSO principal trumpet Mark Baldin) and the Four Sea Interludes from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes.

For more information about these events and concerts, call (815) 965-0049, or visit

From the October 28-November 3, 2009 issue

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