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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 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, or 815-847-6314.

Rockford Coronado Concert Association presents Tango Buenos Aires Dance

Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101
Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina's great cultural exports, know throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango. The group will perform a journey of the life of Eva Peron, "Song of Eva Peron", through dance and music.

For more information, please visit our website at or call Beth Howard at 815-847-6314.

Purchase tickets online at or call 815-968-0595.

Beth Howard, 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.

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.

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.

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.