Rockford Symphony Orchestra offers Chamber Orchestra Concerts

Staff Report

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a pair of chamber orchestra concerts with an up close and personal format in January. On Friday, January 15 the RSO performance will be in the sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Rd., at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, January 17 the performance will be at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., at 2 p.m.

Steve Larsen, RSO Music Director, is pleased to bring chamber music to new audiences in locations other than the Coronado.

“Audiences in the 18th century and much of the 19th century would be absolutely astonished that anyone would want to hear music in a theater the size of the Coronado. There was a closeness, an intimacy between performer and audience that is lost in a big hall. We hope that smaller venues will make you feel closer to the music and the music makers, especially as we present works written for smaller ensembles.”

The program begins with Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas’ Ocho por Radio (‘Eight Musicians Broadcasting’), a tongue-in-cheek recreation of what one might hear while cruising AM radio in Mexico. Next, a work by the master of the huge post-romantic orchestra, Richard Strauss, who, having brought music to the precipice of atonality in his opera, Elektra, found inspiration in the delicate dance music of the 18th century French composer François Couperin. After intermission, bask in the sublimely beautiful Siegfried Idyll, written by Richard Wagner as a Christmas present for his wife, Cosima. We conclude with another installment of our ongoing celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth with Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s witty suite from his ballet, Much Ado About Nothing.

Tickets for the performance are available online at or by calling the RSO box office at 815-965-0049. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Students 25 and under with valid I.D are $7.

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