RSO features Academy Award-winning music March 29

Staff Report

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) ends the 2013/14 Rockford Health System Pops Series with “Lights, Cameras … The Oscars,” featuring beloved songs from Academy Award-winning movies.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford.

Following the performance, the RSO will host a Red Carpet Party on the stage of the Coronado.

Since 1934, many of our most beloved songs have been Oscar winners or come from an Academy Award-winning movie. The RSO is joined by two Broadway singers — RSO favorite Nat Chandler, along with Teri Dale Hansen, for all the best tunes from Titanic, Aladdin, Rocky, Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Chariots of Fire and many more.

Hansen starred as Magnolia in London’s West End in Harold Prince’s Tony Award-winning production of Show Boat, made her Broadway debut in 2002 in The Boys from Syracuse, and, in that same year, began concertizing with Marvin Hamlisch worldwide.

Chandler starred as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, and toured nationally as Lancelot in Camelot, starring Robert Goulet. Chandler has played leading roles in a broad spectrum of American musicals and operetta across the country, including Kiss Me Kate, Beauty and the Beast, A Little Night Music, Carousel with Shirley Jones, South Pacific with Howard Keel, Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Cabaret and many more.

Tickets for this concert are available online at or by calling the RSO Box Office at (815) 965-0049. Ticket prices range from $22 to $60. Student tickets are $7.

RSO hosts Red Carpet Party

Guests are invited to enjoy entertainment by pianist Joel Ross, mingle with Broadway singers Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen and members of the RSO, while drinking champagne and sampling theater candy and desserts under the lights of the Coronado stage.

Tickets for the Red Carpet Party are $35 per person and include a glass of champagne and dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available. Raffle tickets will be on sale for three glamorous prizes. First prize is a 14-karat white-gold diamond heart and star on a 17-inch chain necklace (value $2,975) from Zavius Jewelers. Second prize is two RSO Grand Packages for the 2014/15 season (value $928), and third prize is two RSO Pops packages for the 2014/15 Season (value $340). Raffle tickets are $10 each, six for $50 or 12 for $100. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Reservations may be made online at or by calling the RSO office at (815) 965-0049. Space is limited.

Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Steven Larsen, the RSO is a leading arts organization in the Rockford region and is the third-largest symphony orchestra in the state of Illinois. The RSO is composed of 85 professional musicians who perform 15 performances this year — including classics, pops, concerts for youth and ballet — for an estimated annual audience of 30,000.

From the March 26-April 1, 2014, issue

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