Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the Rockford Symphony Orchestra at the Coronado Theatre. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $54, you get a three-concert package for upper-balcony seating for the 2012–13 season (up to a $109 value, including all fees).
- For $66, you get a three-concert package for rear-orchestra seating for the 2012–13 season (up to a $133 value, including all fees).
- For $80, you get a three-concert package for front-orchestra seating for the 2012–13 season (up to a $160 value, including all fees).
Tickets are not valid for The Nutcracker performances on December 1 and 2.
Rockford Symphony Orchestra––led by Music Director Steven Larsen, who twice won the title of Conductor of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras––has kept fans of classical music on the edge of their seats with thoughtfully curated programs since 1943. This season's concerts include "East meets West" (Saturday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m.), which delves into European composers’ continuing fascination with Asian music that began at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Sun Music III by esteemed Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe explores modernist sounds side by side with the unique scales and tones of traditional Asian melodies, before Stephen Hartke's Pacific Rim marries the sounds of Asia and Latin America. Written for his friends' children, Maurice Ravel's Suite from Mother Goose retells a series of classic fairy tales with delicately evocative orchestration. Among the notable movements is Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas, which uses a pentatonic scale and sparkling bells to conjure up the East Asian music Ravel himself first heard at the 1889 Fair.
Chicago-based violinist and genre-flouting performer Rachel Barton Pine finishes off the evening with Paganini's Violin Concerto no. 2. Sometimes considered music’s first rock star for his flamboyant personality, womanizing ways, and frequent injuries while trying to crowdsurf in concert halls, Paganini and his virtuosic playing helped establish the violin as the premiere solo instrument. Pine—who AllMusic.com praised as perhaps the "most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation"—brings her characteristic passion to the Second Concerto's octave-jumping fireworks and inhumanly precise left-handed pizzicato.
The symphony's "Arrival to the Modern Age" (Saturday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m.) starts off the New Year on the right note with a study in orchestral contrasts. The evening begins with the adagio from Mahler's Symphony no. 9, pulling on heartstrings with a mournful string melody that weaves an elegiac symphonic tapestry and soars to emotional heights. Next, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring counteracts Mahler’s melancholy with a jaggedly avant-garde masterpiece. Opening with a calm woodwind meditation, the piece builds to a thrashing fever pitch of dissonance and chromatic coloration that caused riots upon its 1913 Paris premiere with its sharp rejection of the Romantic tradition.
Built in 1927, the Coronado Theatre's interior was originally designed to bring to life the fairy-tale dreams of theatergoers. The lobby's extravagantly gilded walls sparkle as they reflect light from colorful, hanging lamps, making guests feel like princes and princesses while making anxiety-prone royalty worry that they left their candelabra burning at home. Inside the auditorium, a vast blue ceiling studded with stars depicts the night sky, suspended over airy towers and arches that recall Spanish castles and Italian villas.