RSYO presents final concert of season May 4, bids farewell to conductor

• Conductor Daniel Black is stepping down to take position as assistant director of Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra

Staff Report

The Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO), Daniel Black, conductor, presents the final concert of the 2013/14 season at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4, at the Hononegah High School Performing Arts Center, at 307 Salem St., Rockton, Ill.

The concert program, titled “English Festival,” will feature young violinist Sofiya Kyrylyuk, first-prize winner of the 2014 Rockford Symphony Orchestra/Rock Valley College Concerto Competition.

Kyrylyuk will perform Introduction and Rondo Capricciosso by Camille Saint-Saëns with the orchestra.

Additionally, Measure 5 from the Music Academy in Rockford, under the direction of Rachel Handlin, will perform Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12, op. 96, “American” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis with the RSYO.

The program also includes William Walton’s Crown Imperial Coronation March and selections from Holst’s The Planets.

General admission tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults. Visit or call (815) 965-0049 for more details.

This performance also marks the final concert conducted by RSYO Conductor Daniel Black. Black has led the ensemble since 2008, and significantly advanced the RSYO program by adding five small ensembles, leading the orchestra to a second prize in the American Prize/Youth Orchestra Division in 2010, and consistently raising the artistic level of the orchestra’s performances. Black has accepted a position as assistant director of the Ft. Worth (Texas) Symphony Orchestra beginning this fall.

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is the parent organization of the RSYO. The RSYO offers excellence in music education and performance to young musicians throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through challenging orchestral literature. Participation in RSYO also builds additional life skills including leadership, self-discipline, self-motivation, time management and teamwork.

From the April 30-May 6, 2014, issue

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