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Maestro Steven Larsen’s 20 th Anniversary Season Carmina Burana Holiday Pops!

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The Rat Pack

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An American in Paris

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Mozart Symphony No. 40

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Classics Series Opening Night with Jeffrey Biegel September 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m. Smetana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chopin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emerson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brahms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Overture to “The Bartered Bride” Grand Spianato for Piano and Orchestra Piano Concerto; Jeffrey Biegel, piano Symphony No. 1

Rockford favorite Jeffrey Biegel returns to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Chopin and to introduce a concerto, new to the repertoire, by Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Brahms labored for more than ten years to produce his triumphant first symphony, which earned the nickname “Beethoven’s 10th” and remains one of the most beloved symphonies of audiences today.

Carmina Burana

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Pops Series

The Rat Pack, A Symphonic Celebration

Holiday Pops: The Many Moods of Christmas

October 9, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

December 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m. December 19, 2010, 3:00 p.m.

The glamour and sizzle of “the Rat Pack” light up the stage of the Coronado Theatre! Three Broadway stars will whisk you away with classic songs of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin including, “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Chicago,” “New York, New York,” and “That’s Amore.”

Celebrate the season with Rockford’s most anticipated Holiday tradition. The Mendelssohn Chorale returns for this annual outpouring of seasonal music and holiday cheer. Join in with a singalong of carols and holiday tunes!

Rockford Idol: Who Will It Be? March 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m. In the fall, Steven Larsen and celebrity judges will host auditions to choose talented finalists from the Stateline area. These contestants take center stage with the RSO to perform live at the final Pops concert of the season. That night, the audience will determine who will become the Rockford Idol.

November 13, 2010, 7:30 p.m. Gershwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . An American in Paris Orff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carmina Burana; Mendelssohn Chorale In the largest presentation of the season, the RSO is joined by more than 100 adult and children’s voices for the explosive and distinctive Carmina Burana. Carl Orff’s epic work is one of the most popular of all choral music. George Gershwin captures the sights and sounds of Paris as experienced by an American traveling to the city for the first time.

Dvorˇ ák & Wagner January 15, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Corigliano . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gazebo Dances Wagner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suite from Act III of Die Meistersinger Dvorˇák . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cello Concerto; Dmitry Kouzov, cello The first concert of 2011 warms up the Coronado with Gazebo Dances by the composer of The Red Violin and Wagner’s salutation to German art and culture, the comedic Die Meistersinger. Russian cellist Dmitry Kouzov performs the stunning Dvorˇák cello concerto, described by Maestro Larsen as “the greatest cello concerto ever written.”

Beethoven's 2 nd Symphony February 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Prokofiev . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Classical Symphony Mozart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bassoon Concerto; Karl Rzasa, bassoon Beethoven . . . . . . . . . . . . . Symphony No. 2 The RSO’s own Karl Rzasa performs Mozart’s joyous bassoon concerto. The 2nd Symphony, from Beethoven’s “Early period,” is an energetic work born in a period of intense strife in the composer’s life. Prokofiev’s 20th Century “Classical” symphony pays homage to Mozart and Haydn.

Baroque & Beyond March 26, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Vivaldi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Concerto for Violin, Two Oboes, Two Horns, Strings, and Continuo Bolling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suite for Jazz Trio and Chamber Orchestra Mozart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Symphony No. 40 From the chamber music of the Baroque period to 20th Century jazz, this intimate evening of music will feature some of the RSO’s finest musicians. Mozart’s brilliant Symphony No. 40 is one of the final symphonies completed before the composer’s untimely death.

Music of the New World April 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Glazunov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Horwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coleridge-Taylor . . . . . . . . Dvorˇák . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Triumphal March National Parks Suite Overture to Hiawatha Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)

Musical impressions of the New World invoke images of our history, landscape, and the immigrant experience. Dvorˇák’s famed “New World” symphony sought to create a new American musical style, but also revealed the love for the homeland he left behind.

Photo Credit: John F. Elbers II

The Symphony Experience SoundBites Join Music Director Steven Larsen for free, informal, and enlightening discussions with RSO guest artists at noon each Friday before Classics Series performances.

Pre-Concert Lectures Maestro Steven Larsen offers insights and background information on composers and musical selections in a lecture at 6:30 pm, one-hour prior to Classics Series concerts. The lecture is free to all ticket holders.

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