‘Forest City Suite’ featured in Music Academy Faculty Concert April 27

• Musical suite with four movements describes various familiar places in Rockford

Staff Report

Forest City Suite,” a musical suite with four movements that describe various familiar places in Rockford, will be among compositions performed at the free Music Academy Faculty Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 27, in First Lutheran Church, 225 S. Third St.

Anne Marie Olson, pianist and Suzuki piano teacher at the school, will be the featured soloist.

Forest City Suite” was composed by Bruce Berr, a Chicago-area composer, teacher and pianist. He will join Olson in performance of his composition, which was commissioned by the Greater Rockford Music Teachers Association.

Other music will include Mozart’s “Ah! vous dirai-je Maman” and four pieces composed by Johannes Brahms.

A highlight of the concert will be “Babar the Little Elephant,” by French composer Francis Poulenc. Marti Frantz, director of the Music Academy, will narrate the story.

Olson has been a teacher and clinician for numerous piano camps and schools in the Midwest, including the Suzuki program at Northern Illinois University. Her articles have been published in various music magazines, and she is a performing artist for the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center and pianist for the Music Academy’s faculty trio.

Refreshments will be served in the church’s Fellowship Hall after the concert. A free-will donation will be used for piano upkeep at The Music Academy.

From the April 23-29, 2014, issue

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