By Anne E. O’Keefe
Rockford Area Arts Council
The Rockford Coronado Concert Association was established in 1936 as the Rockford Community Concert Association. It was part of a nationwide arts movement to bring high-quality classical performances to middle America during the Great Depression. RCCA is celebrating 80 years of great performances and this season is no exception. The 2015-16 season starts with the legendary Giordano Dance Chicago.
Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m., Giordano Dance Chicago will electrify the audience at Coronado Performing Arts Center. Gus Giordano founded the Company in 1963 as Dance Incorporated Chicago and became the Giordano Dance Company in 1966 when many of its live performances were broadcast by Chicago’s Public Television Station, WTTW. In 1968 the company performed American jazz dance for the touring Bolshoi Ballet who were so impressed that an invitation was extended, and the company eventually toured the Soviet Union in 1974, the first jazz dance company to do so.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Nan Giordano has been the Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago since 1993. Nan has guided the development of a large and diverse repertoire. Nan was trained by her father and mentor, Gus Giordano, who created the world-renowned Giordano Technique. Developer of the Nan Giordano Certification Program, Nan is the world’s preeminent authority on the essence, discipline, progression and continuance of the Giordano Technique; the vision of the NGCPSM is to provide worldwide, ongoing, and in-depth access to this ground-breaking dance form.
Not only will season subscribers be thrilled by an evening of dance but on Monday, October 19 the Coronado PAC will be buzzing with 2,200 students from area schools as the Friends of the Coronado presents “Reach for the Stars.” “Reach” is a project that benefits fourth grade students from RPS 205. This highly anticipated event is made possible by John and Sue Brubaker Charitable Trust, Gordy and Mary Ann Smith Charitable Trust, Rockford Coronado Concert Association, Friends of the Coronado and the Rockford Area Venue and Entertainment Authority. This incredible program is the brainchild of Mary Ann and Gordy Smith with the first performance in 2003. Since then, over 24,000 students have been forever touched by the experience of the world-class performance and the excitement of being in the Coronado, many of them for the first time.
Tickets are still available online at coronadopac.org or by calling 815-968-0595. Use the code JAZZ for $10 off your ticket. Season subscriptions are also still available for five performances starting at $100. The RCCA season includes; Julian Bliss Septet’s Benny Goodman Tribute, Friday, November 20; The Band of the Royal Marines and The Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards, Saturday, February 6; Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Sunday, March 6; and five vocalists from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Saturday, April 23.
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