Select Mondays 7pm

Encore on WNIU is an occasional series which airs on select Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Host, Eric Hradecky is pleased to present another season of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra's Classic Series.  Each broadcast features the performance and commentary from Maestro Steven Larsen.  Tune in for your premier access to the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

Tchaikovsky and Brahms

October 12, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
David Syme, piano

William Walton Prelude to Richard III
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
.....David Syme, piano
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor

We begin the 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.


November 16, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
Ben Geller, viola, Noah Geller, violin, and The Mendelssohn Chorale

Otto Nicolai Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
Wolfgang Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364
.....Ben Geller, viola and Noah Geller, violin
Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Alexander Borodin Polovtzian Dances
.....The Mendelssohn Chorale

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.

Chamber Orchestra Concert

January 25, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

Silvestre Revueltas Ocho por Radio
Richard Strauss Dance Suite after Couperin
Richard Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Suite, Much Ado About Nothing

These pieces are selected for a smaller orchestra with a romantic and contemporary mood with a lively nod to Shakespeare.

RSO Artists in the Spotlight

February 22, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Scott Metlicka, flute and the RSO Trombone section

Ludwig van Beethoven Coriolan Overture
Jacques Ibert Concerto for Flute
.....Scott Metlicka, flute
Eric Ewazen Triple Concerto for Three Trombones
.....RSO Trombone section
Ottorino Respighi Gli uccelli (The Birds)

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.

Chamber Orchestra Concert

March 21, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Joseph Schenck, organ and Il coro piccolo from The Mendelssohn Chorale

George Frideric Handel Organ Concerto in F “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale”
.....Joseph Schenck, organ
Georg Philipp Telemann Overture in C major, “Water Music”, TWV 55:C3
J.S. Bach Cantata 147, “Herz und Mund und That und Leben”
.....Il coro piccolo from The Mendelssohn Chorale
George Frideric Handel Water Music Suite No. 2

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.

Tchaikovsky and Emily Bear

May 9, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Emily Bear, piano

Carl Nielsen Maskarade Overture
Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto
.....Emily Bear, piano
Emily Bear Les Voyages
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor

The 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 conductor's choices, Tchaikovsky's stirring Symphony No. 4.

"She’s astounding. She plays like she’s 40 years old. She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach.” -Quincy Jones

WNIU's Encore is made possible in part by support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and 1st Step Chiropractic.

A preview of the 2015-2016 Rockford Symphony Orchestra season with WNIU's Eric Hradecky and RSO music director Steve Larsen. An original WNIU Northern Public Radio production.

"Encore" on WNIU is sponsored in part by 1st Step Chiropractic and the Illinois Arts Council.