Tickets on sale for Rockford Symphony’s 80th season

Staff Report

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has announced that single tickets are on sale for the 2014-2015 season. RSO offers tickets at a variety of price points, starting at $22. Student tickets are also available for $7 for any Classics or Pops performance.

We have given ourselves a challenge this season to invite as many new people as possible to attend an RSO performance,” said RSO Executive Director Julie Thomas. “I’m confident they will find the experience beyond their expectations and come back for another concert.”

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.  Now through Aug. 31, RSO is running a Summer Special for additional discount opportunities.

Following are details about RSO’s 80th season:

ComEd Classics Series

The years 2014 and 2015 hold somber anniversaries of wars that profoundly altered history. April 9, 2015, will mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the U.S. Civil War. One hundred years ago this summer, World War I broke out, a war so horrific it was called “The War to End All Wars.” And in August of 2015, 70 years will have passed since the end of World War II. The RSO’s 2014-2015 season features music created in reaction to the horrors of these wars; music written to honor the dead, lament the destruction, celebrate the victories, or simply to express an artist’s pain at the folly of the human race.

The RSO Classics Series is sponsored by ComEd. All concerts are at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., downtown Rockford, and start at 7:30 p.m.

• Celebrating International Day of Peace — Opening night at the RSO is Saturday, Sept. 20, with a concert featuring young concert violinist Bella Hristova. The RSO is a featured event of the Rock River Valley Peace Coalition’s celebration of the International Day of Peace.

• Dreams of the Fallen — Pianist and RSO favorite Jeffrey Biegel performs with Rockford’s own Mendelssohn Chorale and the RSO Saturday, Nov. 8. Rockford native and Rockford Guilford High School graduate Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen was co-commissioned by the RSO and is making its Midwest debut at this concert.

• The Genius of John Williams — The first concert of 2015 will take place Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The RSO pays tribute to one of America’s greatest composers — and certainly one of the greatest composers of film music ever! The concert will feature some of the most recognized music from Williams’ six-decade career, including scores to Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter, Star Wars and more.

• Memories from Times of War — Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, the ComEd Classics series will feature acclaimed soprano Amy Conn making her RSO debut in three contrasting works. This symphony concert will make a great date night for Valentine’s Day.

• An American Salute — The Classics Series continues Saturday, March 28, 2015. Copland’s final symphony captures the confidence of the world’s undisputed superpower, building a thrilling climax from Copland’s own “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

• The Planets — The ComEd Classics Series concludes Saturday, April 25, 2015. The RSO’s performance of The Planets will be accompanied by dazzling astronomical images collected by Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. 

Rockford Health System Pops Series

The RSO Pops Series is sponsored by Rockford Health System.  All concerts are at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., downtown Rockford, and start at 7:30 p.m.

• Music That Goes “Bump” in the Night — The RSO kicks off the Rockford Health System Pops Series Saturday, Oct. 25, with the thrills and chills of Halloween music — spooky, scary and just plain fun! A spine-tingling program of classics awaits, as well as music from movies, video games and some surprises. Guests are encouraged to attend dressed as their favorite zombie, Star Wars character, or video game hero.

• Holiday Pops! — Celebrate the holiday season with Rockford’s biggest holiday tradition at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, with the annual Holiday Pops concert. The Mendelssohn Chorale joins the RSO to bring the best music of the season, from popular to traditional and sentimental to serious. As always, the audience will join the RSO for the Christmas sing-a-long.

• What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong — The RSO will conclude the Pops Series Saturday, March 7, 2015, with an electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong. With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuosic trumpet sounds, Byron Stripling dazzles audiences wherever he goes. Musical hits from the Big Easy and beyond include “What a Wonderful World,” “Royal Garden Blues,” and “Hello Dolly.” His signature version of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” closes the show as Byron celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and leaves ’em dancing in the aisles.

Special event

• The Nutcracker with the Rockford Dance Company — This annual presentation of the popular Nutcracker ballet will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7. Guest dancers from nationally renowned dance companies join the Rockford Dance Company and the RSO to present this holiday tradition, great for the whole family. Tickets start at $12.

The RSO website has more information at Ticket buyers can select exact seating when purchasing tickets on the RSO website. Tickets are also available for purchase by calling (815) 965-0049 or visiting the Box Office in Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St.

Posted Aug. 27, 2014

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