World premiere of ‘Songs of the World’ April 27 at Mendelssohn

Staff Report

The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center will present the world premiere performance of “Songs of the World,” a new choral/orchestral song cycle based on folk music from around the world.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford.

The award-winning Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, soprano Jonita Lattimore, baritone Robert Sims, and a massed choir of singers from the Mendelssohn Chorale, Rock Valley Children’s Choir and Belvidere High School Choir will perform the piece, which was written by British Academy Award-winning composer Donald Fraser.

The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center commissioned “Songs of the World” from Fraser, who was born in England and now lives and works in the greater Rockford area.

Based on folk music from different countries, the piece celebrates the commonality of human experiences everywhere.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students. Groups of 10 or more adults receive $5 off per ticket.

For tickets or more information, contact the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., Rockford, at (815) 964-9713, or visit online at

From the April 25-May 1, 2012, issue

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