‘Debussy, le magnifique’ March 2 at Court Street United Methodist Church

Michael Beert
Beth Fredrickson
Rachel Handlin

Staff Report

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center will present its next season concert, “Debussy, le magnifique,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford.

Concertgoers can experience the beauty of French composer Claude Debussy’s most “impressive’ works, performed by an ensemble of Rockford musicians, representing some of the best local talent around.

Debussy, the first musical “impressionist,” is recognized as one of the greatest influences on 20th century music.

Soprano Beth Fredrickson, violinist Rachel Handlin, flutist Jacques Saint-Cyr, and pianists Patricia Jeske and Kristen Nelson, all frequent performers in Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center season concerts, will perform such works as Ariettes Oubilees, “Two Arabesques,” and “Sonata for Violin and Piano.”

Tim Anderson and Rulee Stallman will accompany Fredrickson and Handlin. A nine-member vocal chamber ensemble will also perform Trois Chansons de Charles d’ Orleans.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. For information or tickets, call (815) 964-9713 or go to www.mendelssohnpac.org.

A pre-concert lecture with Michael Beert, director of the Rock Valley College Community Orchestra, will be at 6:45 p.m.

From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue

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