Mendelssohn presents pianist David Syme May 19

Online Staff Report

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center will present a special concert by internationally renowned pianist David Syme at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at the historic Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford.

The program will feature works by Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Rachmaninoff and other famous composers. Highlights include Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”

Syme is an American pianist who lives in Ireland, from which he bases his European tours. An alumnus of Juilliard and Indiana University, Syme was a protégé of the great Jorge Bolet, and he has performed in 17 foreign countries and across the United States. He has twice appeared with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra under Steve Larsen’s direction.

We are so excited to bring David Syme back to Rockford,” MPAC’s Executive Director Beverly Broyles said. “David rehearsed here at Mendelssohn PAC for his last concert with the RSO, and he fell in love with the intimate atmosphere of our Emerson House. He knew as soon as he saw it that he wanted to hold a concert there.”

Tickets are $20 per person, or $5 for students. Seating is limited.

For more information, contact Mendelssohn PAC at (815) 964-9713 or visit

Posted May 16, 2012

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