Symphony begins 80th season Sept. 20

Staff Report

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has announced the opening of the 2014-2015 season, themed “War and Remembrance.” The first concert, which commemorates the International Day of Peace, opens the ComEd Classics Series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford.

Young concert violinist Bella Hristova will perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. This dreamy and peaceful concerto, written during World War I, stands in sharp contrast to that war’s destruction.

This moving performance will also feature Raymond Horton’s award-winning Make Gentle the Life of this World. Written by a member of the Louisville Orchestra, the piece uses a recording of the 1968 speech given by Robert Kennedy on the day the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. Also on the program is Polish composer Panufnik’s Procession for Peace dedicated “to peace-loving people of every race and religion, of every political and philosophical creed” and Danish composer Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony given the subtitle “The Inextinguishable,” referring to the power of the human will to live.

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

The RSO is beginning its 80th year of offering vibrant music experiences that enlighten, educate and entertain. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Steven Larsen, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra is a leading arts organization in the Rockford region and the third largest symphony orchestra in the state of Illinois. The RSO is composed of 65 professional musicians who perform 15 performances this year — including classics, pops, concerts for youth and ballet — for an estimated annual audience of 20,000. The RSO was named the 2007 Orchestra of the Year for Illinois.

Posted Sept. 17, 2014

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