RSO welcomes Grammy Award winner Howard Levy

Saturday, the RSO welcomes Howard Levy who will perform his “Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica with Orchestra”.

Multiple-Grammy Award winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, producer. His musical travels have taken him all over the geographical world and the musical map. Equally at home in Jazz, Classical music, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays.

This has made him a favorite with audiences worldwide, and a recording artist sought after by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D’Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. As a sideman, Howard has appeared on hundreds of CDs and played on many movie soundtracks.

In 2011 Howard also released a classical CD featuring his “Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra,” the first concerto ever composed for the diatonic harmonica. He has performed the piece more than 20 times in the US and Europe.

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is honored to be among them.

Aaron Copland’s moving piece “Appalachian Spring” will also be on tap for Saturday night performed by the RSO under the direction of Maestro Steven Larsen.

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


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