RSO Presents: Memories from Times of War
Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL
Robert Kurka Suite from The Good Soldier Schweik
Samuel Barber Knoxville, Summer of 1915
John Philip Sousa In Flanders Fields
Rheinhold Glière Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra
Amy Conn, soprano
Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
The Good Soldier Schweik is a satirical Czech anti-War novel recounting the adventures of a hapless soldier in World War I, who Czechs adopted as their national personification. Czech/American composer Kurka wrote a darkly comic opera on Schweik, using a jazzy orchestra of only winds, brass and percussion. Acclaimed soprano Amy Conn makes her RSO debut in three contrasting works. John Philip Sousa wrote a simple but moving setting of J.D. McRae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow”, honoring the thousands of anonymous war victims buried there. Barber’s dramatic setting of text by William Agee hearkens back to a rural America as yet unscarred by World Wars. Glière’s unusual concerto, written shortly after World War II, offers a dazzling display of the coloratura voice. Ravel ostensibly wrote his Tombeau as a tribute to baroque composer François Couperin, but dedicated its movements to friends who had died in World War I.
Ticket prices are $22-58. Student Tickets are available for $7.