Symphony offers ‘Rhapsody and Reveries’ at Coronado Feb. 9

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Rockford Symphony Orchestra will present “Rhapsody and Reveries,” part of its ComEd Classics Series, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Featured artist will be Charlie Albright on piano.

Two 26-year-old men, living a century and a continent apart, changed the course of musical history forever. In 1924 New York, George Gershwin, son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, took a break from a successful career writing Broadway musicals to create a piece for solo piano and orchestra called “Rhapsody in Blue.” He showed that jazz – a homegrown musical style with deep roots in black culture that had people of all races dancing — could also energize the music of the European concert hall.

In 1830 Paris, Hector Berlioz created a volcanic new masterpiece out of the white-hot fantasies fueled by the despair of unrequited love. This was not just a symphony, but a “Fantasy Symphony” that told a story using innovations that went on to make the music of Liszt and Wagner possible.

Rhapsody and Reveries” will include Ceremonial Fanfare by Copland, “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin, performed by Charlie Albright on piano, and “Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14.”

For tickets, visit or call the RSO Box Office at (815) 965-0049.

Posted Feb. 6, 2013

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