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Woodsong Outdoor Concert

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden 2715 S Main Street Rockford, Illinois 61102
Who: Big Daddy Woo Woo

Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Concerts are held rain or shine. Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza will be available for purchase. $5 Members. $10 Public. Children under 12 are free.




RSO Presents: What a Wonderful World – A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL
Byron Stripling, trumpet

An electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong! With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuosic trumpet sounds, Byron Stripling dazzles audiences wherever he goes. Musical hits from the Big Easy and beyond include “What A Wonderful World”, “Saint James Infirmary”, “Royal Garden Blues”, “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans”, “Hello Dolly” and “Basin Street Blues”. With his signature version of "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" to close the show, Byron celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and always leaves 'em dancing in the aisles!

Ticket prices will be $22-58. Student tickets are available for $7.

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RSO Presents: Holiday Pops!

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL
Celebrate the holiday season with Rockford’s biggest holiday music tradition! The Mendelssohn Chorale joins the RSO to bring you the best music of the season, from popular to traditional and sentimental. As always, the audience will join the RSO for the Christmas sing-a-long!

Ticket prices will be $22-58. Student tickets are available for $7.

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RSO Presents; Music That Goes Bump in the Night!

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL

Enjoy the thrills and chills of your favorite Halloween music-spooky, scary and just plain fun! A Spine-tingling program of classics awairs, as well as music from movies, video games and some surprises. Come dresses as your favorite zombie, Star Wars character or video game hero!

Ticket prices are $22-58. Student tickets are available for $7.

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RSO Presents: The Planets

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL

Sir William Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Maurice Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand
Ji, piano
Gustav Holst The Planets

British composer Walton, like wartime composers everywhere, wrote music to boost public spirits during the war. His Spitfire Prelude and Fugue was originally part of a 1942 movie called The First and the Few, and underscores the manufacture of Britain’s Spitfire airplane. The Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm in World War I, but was determined to continue his career. He commissioned a number of composers to write concertos for the left hand, of which Ravel’s is the most famous. Holst wrote his most renowned work, The Planets, between 1914 and 1916. The RSO’s performance will be accompanied by dazzling astronomical images collected by Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.

Ticket prices are $22-58. Student tickets are available for $7.

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RSO Presents: An American Salute

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL
Morton Gould American Salute
Steve Heitzeg & Amy Scurria We Are Met at Gettysburg
Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Gould’s famous American Salute, an electrifying set of variations on the Civil War tune, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” leads to a touching remembrance of Americans, whether Union or Confederate, who lost their lives in the Civil War. A commission by the Philadelphia Orchestra produced a rare partnership of two young composers who created this work in 2003. Copland’s final symphony, premiered in 1946, captures in sound the confidence of the World’s undisputed superpower, post-war America, building a thrilling climax from Copland’s own “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
Ticket prices will be $22-$58. Student tickets are available for $7.

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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.

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RSO Presents: The Genius of John Williams

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL
The RSO pays tribute to one of America’s greatest composers – and certainly one of the greatest composers of film music ever! Over his six-decade career, Williams has scared the wits out of us (Jaws; Jurassic Park), made us weep (Schindler’s List; Saving Private Ryan), swashed our buckles (Indiana Jones), brought out the child in us (E.T.; Harry Potter) and made us all science fiction fans (Star Wars), all through the magical sounds of the symphony orchestra.

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RSO Presents: Dreams of the Fallen

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings
Jake Runestad Dreams of the Fallen
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Mendelssohn Chorale
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 5 in F major, op. 76

Rockford native Jake Runestad calls his Dreams of the Fallen “A Musical Response to War”, which seeks to express life through the eyes of a soldier, both during combat and after returning home. The RSO has co-commissioned this powerful work, featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel and the Mendelssohn Chorale. Barber’s Adagio for Strings, written in 1936 and a familiar icon of mourning and cathartic pathos, opens the program. Dvořák’s Fifth Symphony offers a bucolic and cheerful antipode, displaying the young Czech composer’s emerging confidence in his talent


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RSO Presents: Celebrating International Peace Day

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL
Sir Andrzej Panufnik Procession for Peace
Sergey Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major
Bella Hristova, violin
Carl Nielsen Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”

Panufnik, a Polish composer who defected to Britain, dedicated his Procession for Peace “to peace-loving people of every race and religion, of every political and philosophical creed.” Prokofiev wrote his dreamy first violin concerto during World War I, and its peaceful serenity stands in sharp contrast to that War’s destruction. Danish composer Nielsen wrote his Fourth Symphony against the backdrop of that war, giving it the subtitle “The Inextinguishable”, referring to the power of the human will to live.

Ticket prices are $22-58. Student tickets are available for $7.

info@rockfordsymphony.com


Concerts on the Creek (resubmission)

Spring Creek United Church of Christ 4500 Spring Creek Road Rockford, IL
Concerts on the Creek is a weekly Saturday concert series featuring outstanding musicians who have achieved of regional, national, and international recognition; several of them have Rockford hometown roots. Concerts will showcase a broad variety of musical styles from blues to bluegrass and Dixieland to country. The concerts will occur each Saturdaythis summer at Spring Creek United Church of Christ on the intersection of Spring Creek and Spring Brook in Rockford (just east of Alpine). Concerts will begin at 7:00. Admission is free and donations will be accepted. Food and beverages will be made available for purchase by Bino's Italian Restaurant. Please note that attendance is limited to 225 persons on a first-come-first-served basis, and that parking is limited to 97 vehicles; parking on the street will not be permitted. Visit www.springcreekucc.org for more information, including complete schedule of musicians, or phone us at 815-979-1949. Please 'like' our concert's Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Concerts-On-The-Creek/1576640402561230

Saturday 6/7 Emily Hurd
Saturday 6/14 Barb City Stompers
Saturday 6/21 Starlite Radio
Saturday 6/28 Dion, Roy, & Italian Connection
Saturday 7/5 Dean Moriarty Jazz Band
Saturday 7/12 Olivia Dvorak
Saturday 7/19 No Name String Band
Saturday 7/26 Truman's Ridge
Saturday 8/2 Randy Sabien
Saturday 8/9 Harlan Jefferson
Saturday 8/16 Macyn Taylor
Saturday 8/23 June's Got The Ca$h
Saturday 8/30 Joe Jenks


Sara Ostgarden 779 221 5372
PUBLIC e-mail contact: Sue at office@springcreekucc.com



Woodsong Outdoor Concert Series: Big Daddy Woo Woo

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
dancing and just plain having a good time is what you like to do, then we’re the band for you!

A very well seasoned band with years of musical experience. This Band has opened up for “KC and The Sunshine Band”, played with members of “The Time”, opened up for ”Confunkshun”, opened up for “38 Special” and also played after “Earth, Wind & Fire” as the finale for the Beloit Riverfest!

Come Out And Be Part Of The Fun!

Concerts are held outdoors on the lawn in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Concerts are held rain or shine! We have a rain site for all concerts. Come join us for the entire season!
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Members: $12
Non-members: $27

Individual Concert Tickets

Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

Contact Dawn for groups of 10 or more.

dpfluger@klehm.org, 965-8146

Carrie Schommer 815 965-8146