A wide range of music fills ArtScene weekend

By Anne E. O’Keefe
Rockford Area Arts Council

Kevin Jensen
Kevin Jensen

This weekend is RAAC ArtScene weekend and there is also plenty of music to enjoy! The Rockford Wind Ensemble will close their 2015-16 season with a concert titled ELEMENTS: Songs of Earth, Sky, Fire & Water on Sunday at 3 p.m. The RWE concerts are presented at the Nordlof Center, 118 N Main. The concert will feature music inspired by the four ancient elements.

The 43 piece ensemble is the area’s premiere concert band. They present family-friendly concerts featuring a variety of musical styles. According to conductor Kevin Jensen, the group is especially appealing to people who have experience playing in school bands.

“Anyone who enjoys music will thrilled by RWE performances“ said Jensen, “but there a hundreds of people who were involved in band in middle school or high school who have a unique appreciation of the hard work that goes into putting together an outstanding performance.”

Jensen has been conducting the Rockford Wind Ensemble since 2002 and received the Rockford Area Arts Council’s Mayor’s Arts Award in 2014.

RWE tickets, which cost $10 for adults; $5 for students & seniors, are available at the door, or by calling 815- 227-8550.

Rockford Wind Ensemble is also part of the Rockford Park District’s Sounds of Summer series at the beautiful Sinnissippi Band Shell.

Jazz enthusiasts will want to attend the Encore Trio with Guy Fiorenza, Al Feeney, and Tim Austin as they present an afternoon of Shakespearean Jazz titled, As You Like It. Another event in the series celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare’s impact on the arts.

The Jazz at Emerson series concerts are held on the second Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. at Emerson House, 420 N. Main. Enjoy the swinging sounds of live jazz, relax with light refreshments, have fun with your friends, and meet the artists after the concert! Tickets are $10, $6 for student with ID, and may be purchased online at mendelssohnpac.org or at the door.

The Music Academy is celebrating 30 years of excellence in music education and will be delighting shoppers at CherryVale Mall on Saturday. The concert is from 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. near Center Court on the mall’s main floor and will showcase the entire spectrum of instrumental and vocal instruction offered by The Music Academy.

The concert begins with Measure 5, the Academy’s advanced performing and touring ensemble, playing selections including The Star Wars Trilogy by John Williams. The Suzuki strings, flute, and guitar students then perform a repertoire including newly arranged Star Wars Twinkle, performed here for the first time.

The beginner violin class, students three to six years old, and a group of young musicians performing the entertaining Orange Blossom Special also will be featured. Morgan Carlson, a violin student and a ballerina from Rockford Dance Company, will accompany the viola students as they play Saint Saen’s The Swan. Also performing will be the Academy Youth Chorale and the Suzuki and traditional piano students.

For complete arts event listing you may visit artsforeveryone.com.

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