Rockford Symphony begins 2012-2013 season Sept. 22

Staff Report

Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s (RSO) 2012-2013 season, which begins Sept. 22 with “Liszt, Wagner and the Enduring Power of The Ring,” is titled “Music that Changed the World” and displays some of the world’s most influential music from classical to rock and jazz legends.

The 2012-2013 RSO Classics Series will open Sept. 22 with the return of pianist Alon Goldstein. Other accomplished guest artists known for their incredible talents will appear throughout the season, including violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and Rockford’s own Emily Bear.

Classical masterpieces include Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, while the Pops series includes Beatles tunes and Big Band favorites.

This season can be enjoyed by anyone, from first-time attendees to our longtime subscribers,” RSO Executive Director Julie McDonough said. “The music is not only pleasing to the ears, but it has played an integral part in cultural, political and social changes throughout history. We hope to not only entertain you, but inspire you as well.”

Single ticket buyers can select exact seating when purchasing tickets on the RSO website, Tickets are also available by calling (815) 965-0049 or visiting the Coronado Performing Arts Center Box Office at 314 N. Main St., Rockford.

Subscription packages are available. All subscription packages include savings off single ticket prices. Each subscriber also receives exclusive benefits, including reserved seats, flexible ticket exchange, and discounts to area restaurants. Payment plans are available exclusively to subscribers. Subscription packages range from $64 to $449. Student subscriptions range from $21 to $63.

Following are the 2012-2013 season lineups for the RSO’s Classics Series and the RSO’s Pops Series. More details are available at Additional educational activities and special events throughout the season will be announced at later dates.

ComEd Classics Series

Saturday, Sept. 22 — “Liszt, Wagner and the Enduring Power of The Ring”: Opening night at the RSO with a concert featuring pianist Alon Goldstein.

Saturday, Nov. 10 — “East Meets West”: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine is back with the RSO for the fifth time.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 — “Arrival to the Modern Age”

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 — “Rhapsody and Reveries”: Featuring 18-year-old Charlie Albright on piano.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 — Handel’s “Messiah”

Saturday, April 20, 2013 — “Music of Revolution: Featuring Beethoven’s 5th”

Rockford Health System Pops Series

Saturday, Oct. 13 — “Classical Mystery Tour”: The RSO kicks off the Pops Series with a Beatles-themed concert. The Classical Mystery Tour returns to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Enjoy Beatles songs tunes sung, played and performed exactly as they were written. From early Beatles music through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live with the RSO.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23 — “Holiday Pops!”: The RSO celebrates the Christmas season at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, with its annual Holiday Pops! concert at the Coronado. Celebrate Rockford’s most anticipated holiday tradition as the Mendelssohn Chorale and the B103 High School Choir Competition winner join the RSO for an outpouring of great seasonal music and holiday cheer. The audience is invited to lend their voices to the fun during a sing-along of carols and holiday tunes.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 — “Salute to the Big Bands: Featuring a guest performance by Emily Bear”: The RSO will conclude the Pops Series Saturday, March 9, 2013, with a salute to Big Band, including the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Eddie Duchin, Spike Jones, Lawrence Welk and more. The Big Band Era gave us more than a treasure trove of great “standards” — it moved America closer to racial equality. Over several decades, the Big Bands gradually erased lines of racial segregation, as black and white musicians played together and white audiences became enthusiastic fans of black dance bands.

Special performance

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2 — The Nutcracker with the Rockford Dance Company: This annual presentation of the popular Nutcracker ballet will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2. Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. Featuring the choreography of Rockford Dance Company Artistic Director Matthew Keefe, this year’s performance will feature all-new sets and guest dancers from nationally renowned dance companies. Combined with the RSO and the local talent of the Rockford Dance Company, this holiday tradition is enjoyable for the whole family.

From the Sept. 19-25, 2012, issue

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