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4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL
The legendary COLE and Company trio will bring virtuoso jazz, blues, and gospel music to the Spring Creek UCC auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 25th. The group consists of Professor Rev. Carl A. Cole, B.A., M.A. (Piano/Vocals), his wife, Dianna (Vocals) and Son, Andrew (Bass/Drums). Carl, affectionately called “Mr. C” is the Founder & CEO of “Sounds Of Good News” (SOGN) Productions based in Rockford, IL, through which he shares Top-Quality Music Performances and Productions. SOGN supports a Children and Youth Ministry called the “Young Eagles Success” (YES) Club, which uses Music to develop Character Excellence. The YES choir will provide opening music for the concert. Over the years, Mr. C has been featured in numerous publications and has received many awards. He is a RAMI hall of fame member. There is no admission charge for the concert; attendees will have an opportunity to donate to the musicians. Refreshments including Mama Mia's pizza will be available. The auditorium is located at 4500 Spring Creek Road in Rockford and features excellent acoustics, comfortable accommodations, easy access, and free parking (access from Spring Brook Road just north of Spring Creek Road). Phone 815-877-2576, email, or visit for details.​

Phone 815-877-2576, email, or visit for details.​

Westminster Concert Series: An Afternoon with Michael Beert & Rachel Handline

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107
Well known locals Michael Beert and Rachel Handlin provide an eclectic afternoon of music. Rachel is Assistant Concertmaster of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and a Mendelssohn Performing Artist. She is a traditional and Suzuki violin instructor and the String Program director for the Music Academy of Rockford College. Michael is Professor of Music at Rock Valley College. He teaches classes in Music Theory, Music Literature and Appreciation, World Music, and directs the college orchestra. Guest performers for the afternoon include The Music Academy Orchestra, Rulee Stallmann, Jean Anderson, and Aria Beert.

Jean Anderson 815-282-1500

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.

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.