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Westminster Concert Series - NIU Steel Band

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford IL 61107
An evening of exciting, eclectic music with the NIU Steel Band, directed by Liam Teague and Clifford Alexis. The first steel band formed at an American university, the band has performed nationally and internationally. Attendance is free. A free will offering will be received

Jean Anderson
815-282-1500



Rockford Coronado Concert Association presents Amphion String Quartet and Devid Shifrin, clarinet

Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101
Hailed for its "precision, assertiveness and vigor (The New York Times), the Amphion String Quartet is a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The Quartet joined the roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two Program in fall 2013.

David Shifrin is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award's inception in 1974, Mr. Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.

For more information, please visit our website at www.rccaconcerts.org or call 815-847-6314,

Purchase tickets online at www.coronadopac.orc or by calling 815-815-968-0595. Adults tickets are $35 and $45. Student tickets are $10 and $15.

Beth Howard, bhoward@coronadopac.org or 815-847-6314.


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.

info@rockfordsymphony.com


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.

info@rockfordsymphony.com


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.

info@rockfordsymphony.com


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.

info@rockfordsymphony.com