It was a naive music aficionado that invented the first electronic amplifier in order to better hear his sardonic friend playing the world's smallest violin. Soak up the sounds of regular-sized instruments with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a ticket to three concerts of your choice with a compose-your-own symphony package from Rockford Symphony Orchestra (a $123 value). Tickets are good for either upper-balcony or rear-orchestra seating at the Coronado Theatre, and are valid for any show through April 21, 2012.
Under the direction of two-time Illinois Conductor of the Year award winner Steven Larsen, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra enriches eardrums with performances in its annual classics and pops series, committed to the high musical standards that won it the 2007 Illinois Orchestra of the Year award. The season kicks off on September 17 with pianist David Syme's signature performance of George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F. On March 10, the works of Igor Stravinsky and Franz Schubert impel concertgoers to thoughtfully ponder these artists' achievements and/or stage-dive. The pops series delights listeners, as Steve Lippia performs Frank Sinatra favorites on March 31, and the Mendelssohn Chorale helps to belt out holiday pop standards on December 17 and 18. A slew of accomplished musicians appear throughout the season, including Rockford Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Michele Lekas. These concerts give visitors a chance to behold the signature starry ceilings at the Coronado Theatre, built in 1927 and winner of an AOL poll for Favorite U.S. Architectural Wonder.