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“In a Time of Extinction, a Call to Life”

Rockford Theater 323 Park Avenue Rockford, IL 61101
Author/Philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore and Concert Pianist Rachelle McCabe combine to present a very moving and powerful presentation on the theme of extinction. Their collaboration began when McCabe heard Moore speak about climate action, a speech that she heard as music. They are both convinced of the power of music, and of the need for more powerful calls to action.
“Frederick Nietzsche wrote that we have art in order not to die of the truth,” Moore says. “This performance is art that allows us to tell the terrible truths about global warming and mass extinction, in a way that enters into peoples’ hearts, rather than breaks them.”
Both the creative process and the performance are unusual, maybe unique. McCabe chose the music and performs a powerful interpretation. Moore has *written to* the music, weaving words into the silences between the variations, creating an echoing conversation, a call and response. It is a program not to be missed!
Kathleen Dean Moore is one of the Northwest’s best known nature writers, winner of the Oregon Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award. Her recent co-edited book is Moral Ground: Ethical
Actions for a Planet in Peril. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emerita at Oregon State University, she speaks around the country, about the moral urgency of stopping a global carbon catastrophe.
Rachelle McCabe, concert pianist and Professor of Music at Oregon State University, enjoys an international career as an artist-teacher and as a solo recitalist and highly respected chamber musician. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and England, and has been heard on NPR’s _Performance Today_, the CBC, and PBS television.


Don Miller
1-815-335-2915



Paris Sepia

Severson Dells Nature Center
Susan Severson, granddaughter of Harry and Fannie Severson and her husband to play at Severson Dells and you’re invited! Susan Severson and Jean-Paul Barbier are back on Saturday, September 19th from Paris. (NO, not Paris, IL)
Paris Sepia played at the Nature Center a few years ago and blew the capacity crowd away. Their presentation is powerful in that it gives the listeners a musical treat as well as an education about the music of Paris at the turn of the century. It is a unique blend of instruments and voices. With Paris Sepia you learn to know and appreciate French musette, instrumental music as song, at its origins. Their music is homage to the French and Italian musicians and composers who conceived the French waltz (Amelia Poulain, La Mome…) loved all around the world.
Susan Severson and Jean-Paul Barbier have been students of music their entire lives. They have played for diverse structures (cafes, cultural associations, and festivals) in France, Italy, Poland and the United States. They develop a great rapport with their listeners and their music is alive with feeling and enthusiasm.


Don Miller
1-815-335-2915



Kraig Kenning

Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road, Rockford, IL 61102
Kraig Kenning returns to Severson Dells to perform. Call him contemporary folk, blues, roots rock, American Fingerstyle or Americana, together with his trademark dobro and passionate lyrics, Kraig reminds us just how personal–and potent–original music can be. www.kraigkenning.com. Admission: $5:00 limited seating available, free to members of Friends of Severson Dells.

Don Miller


Inside the tune: why do songs have bridges? with Franklin Bruno, Ph.D.

Fisher Memorial Chapel, 5050 E. State St, Rockford IL
Dr. Bruno is a philosopher and award-winning music critic whose writing has appeared in The Nation, Slate, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. He is also a musician who has released 16 albums of original songs and performed at venues through the U.S. In this lecture and musical demonstration, Dr. Bruno explores the history and role of “the bridge” as an element of song form, and how its prevalence in genres from 1930s jazz and 1960s rock to recent chart hits distinguishes the American popular song from other musical forms.


Rockford University Box Office, 815-226-4100, boxoffice@rockford.edu


Sock Hop

Belvidere Moose Club 575 Beloit Rd.
10.00 tickets in advance 15.00 at the door twist contest,hula hoop,limbo,best 50's costume prizes, Matt" Elvis" Ragano entertaining from 8:30 to 9:30. 50's & 60's music from 5 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Event is open to the public.

Terri Ragano 815-323-3808


Chamber Concert-Matinee Performance

Our Savior's Lutheran Church 3300 Rural St. / Rockford, IL 61107
New for the 2015·16 Season, the RSO is giving our audience a choice to attend a concert in an alternative location with new times, on Friday evenings, 7:30P at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sunday Matinees, 2P at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rockford. Julliard graduate Joseph Schenk will be featured on the organ for this unique Baroque experience that includes Handel and Bach’s Cantata -Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



Chamber Concert-Evening Performance

Westmister Presbyterian Church 2821 N. Bell School Rd. / Rockford, IL 61107
New for the 2015·16 Season, the RSO is giving our audience a choice to attend a concert in an alternative location with new times, on Friday evenings, 7:30P at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sunday Matinees, 2P at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rockford. Julliard graduate Joseph Schenk will be featured on the organ for this unique Baroque experience that includes Handel and Bach’s Cantata -Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



RSO Artists in the Spotlight

Coronado Performing Arts Center 314 N. Main St. / Rockford, IL
The RSO is pleased to feature some of its own fine musicians. RSO’s principal flute, Scott Metlicka is our soloist for Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and the RSO Trombone section is featured in Ewazen’s Triple Concerto for Three Trombones.

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



Chamber Concert-Matinee Performance

Our Savior's Lutheran Church 3300 Rural St. / Rockford, IL 61107
New for the 2015·16 Season, the RSO is giving our audience a choice to attend a concert in an alternative location with new times, on Friday evenings at 7:30P at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sunday Matinees at 2P at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rockford. The pieces are selected for a smaller orchestra with a romantic and contemporary mood with a lively nod to Shakespeare.

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



Chamber Concert-Evening Performance

Westmister Presbyterian Church 2821 N. Bell School Rd. / Rockford, IL 61107
New for the 2015·16 Season, the RSO is giving our audience a choice to attend a concert in an alternative location with new times, on Friday evenings at 7:30P at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sunday Matinees at 2P at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rockford. The pieces are selected for a smaller orchestra with a romantic and contemporary mood with a lively nod to Shakespeare.

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



Mozart

Coronado Performing Arts Center 314 N. Main St. / Rockford, IL
The second in our Classics Series features two outstanding string performers with Rockford ties performing Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. The Mendelssohn Chorale joins RSO for “Polovtzian Dances” (Stranger in Paradise) and Serenade to Music an excerpt from the Merchant of Venice

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



Tchaikovsky and Emily Bear

Coronado Performing Arts Center 314 N. Main St. / Rockford, IL
Our final concert in the Classics Series will be much anticipated as we welcome back Rockford's own Emily Bear performing her original composition, Les Voyage. The final performance of the RSO season will also include one of our conductor's choices, Tchaikovsky's stirring Symphony No. 4.

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



Tchaikovsky and Brahms

Coronado Performing Arts Center 314 N. Main St. / Rockford, IL
We begin our season with the inspiring music of the masters including a salute to literary master, Shakespeare, in commemoration of 450 years since his passing. The RSO’s first classic performance will include the lively showmanship of pianist David Syme and the conductor’s choice, the passionate last symphony of Brahms.

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



Symphony Saturdays-Powerful Percussion

Anderson Japanese Gardens 318 Spring Creek Rd. / Rockford, IL 61107
This family-friendly program introduces children and their parents to the woodwind, percussion, brass, and string section of an orchestra. Each session will be led by an ensemble of RSO musicians, followed by a hands-on activity reinforcing the experience.

For more information, please call Anderson Japanese Gardens at 815-229-9390.

Jennie Scott Braun
815-965-0049
jbraun@rockfordsymphony.com



Music on the Mall

Edgebrook Shops
Come experience live music at its best! Many local musicians will be performing their latest tunes for you to enjoy. This special night will be hosted by Mary’s Market and located right outside their café. Food and drinks from Mary’s Market will be available. Seating is limited so bringing your own chair is encouraged. For more information including musician lineup visit http://edgebrookshops.com/events/music-on-the-mall/

Darcy Hanson
815-398-8957
dhanson@orputcompanies.com