Symphony offers ‘Baroque & Beyond’ March 26

Staff Report

Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will take the audience to “Baroque & Beyond” beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

The program includes pieces from three distinct eras of music—baroque, classical and jazz—and features a jazz trio, composed of Joel Ross, Karl Seigfried and Jack Brand, performing with the orchestra.

The evening will begin with a “concerto grosso” by Vivaldi: a work that features multiple RSO musicians instead of the lone soloist of a standard concerto. The concerto grosso format takes a modern twist when Rockford musicians Ross and Brand and RSO Bassist Seigfried join the orchestra for composer Claude Bolling’s Suite for Jazz Trio and Chamber Orchestra.

This piece fuses the traditional baroque “concerto grosso” style of Vivaldi with the modern sounds and rhythms of jazz. Mozart’s 40th Symphony, one of his most popular and ground-breaking works, written shortly before his death, will complete the performance.
For more information about the concert, including program notes and guest artist bios, visit

Tickets may be purchased through the website by calling (815) 965-0049, or by 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 age 22 with an ID.

Friday, March 25, the RSO presents SoundBites, the free RSO lunchtime series held from noon to 1 p.m. at a new location, Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club, 5151 Guilford Road. SoundBites is an opportunity for the community to interact with Maestro Steven Larsen, Ross and Brand.

SoundBites guests are welcome to order lunch off the menu at the club. RSVPs are encouraged by e-mailing or calling (815) 972-2939.

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 on the pieces performed by the orchestra.

RSO is the third-largest symphony orchestra in the state of Illinois. The RSO is composed of 85 professional musicians who perform 17 concerts per year—including classics, pops, ballet and opera—for an estimated annual audience of 30,000.

From the March 23-29, 2011 issue

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