Symphony presents An American in Paris, Carmina Burana Nov. 13

From press release

Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) presents two epic orchestral works at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Maestro Steven Larsen will conduct George Gershwin’s spectacular An American in Paris. For the second half of the concert, he will turn the podium over to special Italian guest conductor Giovanni Ferrauto for the magnificent orchestral and choral work Carmina Burana.

Sr. Ferrauto is an internationally recognized choral and orchestral conductor who is coming from his native Sicily to the United States to conduct this piece for the RSO.

Larsen became acquainted with Maestro Ferrauto while traveling in Italy in 2007. Speaking recently about his choice to bring Ferrauto to Rockford, Larsen said: “Giovanni’s warmth and humanity are apparent in both his personal relationships and his music-making. I observed in the people I met and worked with who regularly play and sing under his baton, it was clear that everyone, from the lowliest corista to the concertmaster to music critics to civic leaders, had great respect and affection for him.”

The RSO last performed Carl Orff’s masterpiece at the closing of the Midway Theater in April 2000. In addition to the 77 instrumental musicians on stage, Carmina Burana includes more than 100 members of the Mendelssohn Chorale, directed by Martha Bein, and a 25-member chorus from the Rock Valley Children’s Chorus directed by Leah Baskin. Carmina Burana is one of the most popular choral works of all time, appearing in innumerable movie soundtracks and TV commercials.

Friday, Nov. 12, the RSO presents SoundBites, the RSO lunchtime series held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Riverfront Museum Park’s Kresge Hall. SoundBites is an opportunity for the community to hear and interact with Larsen and Giovanni Ferrauto. Reservations are strongly recommended.

SoundBites guests may bring their own lunch or pre-order boxed lunches through the RSO office with a pre-payment of $12 by calling (815) 965-0049. Lunch orders must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 10.

All RSO Classics Series concerts include a pre-concert lecture by Larsen at 6:30 p.m. Pre-concert lectures are a way to gain insight from the music director’s perspective about the pieces performed by the orchestra.

Tickets for this concert are available at, by calling (815) 965-0049, or visiting the Coronado Performing Arts Center Box Office at 314 N. Main St. Ticket prices range from $18 to $56. Student tickets are $6 for students up to 22 with an ID.

From the Nov. 10-16, 2010 issue

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